Benilde-St. Margaret’s is a private Catholic coeducational junior and senior high school with a college preparatory emphasis, located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We are happy to have this opportunity to introduce you to the junior high program (grades 7-8).
We are a school with a strong academic commitment to our students. We provide a caring yet structured environment. To meet the diverse needs of junior high students, we have a comprehensive curriculum and offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
The focus of the junior high program is the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social and physical development of the young person. Our program includes a solid Catholic base of academic religion classes, liturgies, and prayer services. Homerooms meet every day for prayer, announcements and occasional activities and special interest meetings. Relevant issues such as peer pressure, decision-making, self-esteem, diversity, and healthy social relationships are also addressed in the junior high.
Our curriculum includes three levels of English, literature and mathematics: (1) basic (for students working and/or testing below grade level or having difficulty learning in that area), (2) standard (grade level), and (3) accelerated (for students working and testing significantly above grade level).
The junior high curriculum emphasizes the development of language arts skills. In addition to separate English and literature classes for all students, 7th grade students learn about the origin of words and the history of language in the Introduction to Language class. Eighth grade students have the opportunity to study a world language.
Our math curriculum includes pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Basic skills are strengthened in preparation for higher math.
In the junior high technology is regarded as an important tool for learning. Each student is provided with a personal laptop for daily academic use. Technology is integrated into all areas of the curriculum.
Each year our curriculum includes an area of enrichment selected for in-depth, cross-curriculum study. Seventh graders develop an understanding of community, while 8th graders focus on the earth and its environment.
At Benilde-St. Margaret's the 7th and 8th graders are on a quarter system. Some courses are offered for one semester, while other courses such as mathematics, science, and world language are year-long studies. Quarter grade reports, as well as other teacher updates, are posted online for students and parents. In addition, parent-teacher conferences are held twice each year.
Our program is designed to prepare the student for continuing education in high school and college as well as for life-long learning. We are deeply committed to Catholic education and to our students.