Middle School

The SJPII Middle School is comprised of students in sixth through eighth grades. We prepare our students for success in high school by offering a rigorous and challenging curriculum administered in a caring, positive learning environment.

Service Learning

Starting in middle school, students work in service teams led by a representative of the student council. Saint John Paul II Catholic School has four service teams, which rotate sponsorship and ownership of various community service projects. These service projects include Family Promise, fundraising for our sister school in Uganda, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, and food collection for our parish food pantry and for the Coalition for Human Care, both supporting poor and homeless people in Moore County. In addition, students serve as flag bearers, Mass buddies, and reading buddies for younger children.

Benchmarks and Standards

The benchmarks and standards for grades six through eight are similar; however, the level of text complexity and the depth of understanding should increase each year for each student.


  • Read and comprehend literary and informational text at an appropriate grade level.
  • Cite evidence and analyze argument to support analysis of text.
  • Summarize and paraphrase text.
  • Identify main idea and details in a text.
  • Respond to elements in a text, such as plot, setting, character, theme, etc. 
  • Compare and contrast genres, author's purpose, point of view, tone, etc.
  • Use and integrate information presented in different formats.
  • Understand and analyze historical and cultural context.


  • Write argumentative/persuasive texts using reasoning, evidence, and rhetorical devices Write informative/expository texts to examine or explain topics or to convey ideas.
  • Write narrative texts using description, dialogue, and sequencing.
  • Write personal responses using critical analysis and reflection.
  • Use the writing process to produce texts.
  • Use technology to produce a variety of products.
  • Conduct research using multiple print and electronic sources (cite sources correctly).

Speaking, Listening, & Viewing:

  • Collaborate with others on a variety of projects.
  • Evaluate information presented in a variety of media formats.
  • Evaluate speaker's point of view and reasoning.
  • Use reasoning and evidence to organize and present information.
  • Use digital media and visual displays of data.
  • Adapt a speech to a variety of contexts.

Language Conventions:

  • Use basic rules of standard English spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
  • Use basic rules of standard English sentence structure, grammar, and usage.
  • Understand and identify the eight parts of speech.
  • Use context clues and word parts to determine word meaning.
  • Understand and use figurative language, technical language, and academic vocabulary.