Middle School Program

Welcome to Connelly Middle School of the Holy Child!

CMS is the cornerstone of Cornelia Connelly Center, serving grades four through eight. We take girls previously struggling in their public school and bring them to grade-level, or higher, throughout their five years in our school.
 
Below, you can read about our curriculum and all the unique components that make our middle school so effective. Continue exploring our website for more information on our long-term support, and to see the pure joy that our students exude every day. 
 
I hope you are as inspired as I am each day.
 
Sincerely,
 
Shalonda Neeley Gutierrez
Head of School
CCC offers a holistic education, focusing our curriculum on all that our students need to learn in order to succeed. Please note that per the New York State on PAUSE Executive Order, CCC has moved to remote instruction of our programs. We look forward to returning to in person instruction when it has been deemed safe for everyone in our community. 
 
Below are brief descriptions of what each grade focuses on. For more detailed descriptions and information on CCC's response to COVID-19, please reach out to our Head of School, Shalonda Neeley Gutierrez, at sneeley@connellycenter.org.

A quick note on standardized testing: Three times per year, all students take NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) in reading, math, language arts, and science. MAP is an online assessment that is aligned to the Common Core standards and measures a student’s academic progress over time.

Our 4th grade curriculum is focused on accelerating a student’s learning so that she is prepared for a high school preparatory curriculum starting in 6th grade. The 4th grade curriculum prioritizes collaborative learning and problem solving. Students receive instruction in math, humanities, science, religion, music, dance, and yoga, as well as a specialized health class called Girls Space. They also have advisory with the Assistant Head of School.

Our 5th grade curriculum continues to accelerate learning by closing any remaining learning gaps in order to ensure students are ready for the Upper School. The curriculum prioritizes civic engagement, self advocacy, and community building. Students receive instruction in math, humanities, science, religion, music, dance, and yoga, as well as a specialized health class called Girls Space. They also have advisory with the Head of School.

All Upper School students receive instruction in math, humanities, science, religion, music, dance, visual art, and electives, as well as a specialized health class called Girls Space. Our students have Advisory four times per week and physical education classes; both of these programs are described in detail below.

Our 6th grade curriculum is focused on a strong and successful transition to the Upper School. The curriculum prioritizes persevere in problem solving, both in a group and independently. Students develop the skills to think critically about new concepts as they work to communicate their thinking in both written and oral form.

Our 7th grade curriculum is focused on answering the question, “What does it mean to be American?” They investigate and explore diverse voices of the American experience in order to create their own unique answer to this question. The curriculum prioritizes persevering in problem solving, both in a group and on their own. Students develop the skills to think critically about new concepts as they work to communicate their thinking in both written and oral form.

Our 8th grade curriculum is focused on the human condition, the human heart, and the state of the world. The curriculum prioritizes persevere in problem solving, both in a group and on their own. Students develop the skills to think critically about new concepts as they work to communicate their thinking in both written and oral form.
 
Religion is grounded in and directed by the mission of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus: “To rejoice in God’s presence and to help people believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world.” The curriculum prioritizes cultivating a joyful response – in prayer, verbal and written activities, music, and art. All grades seek to deepen their understanding of and desire to become a young woman of faith, grow in a faith that loves and seeks to do justice, develop as mature persons capable of making choices which enrich their own lives and contributes to the lives of others, and become convinced that God is on their team and striving on their behalf.
 
The Physical Education program begins in 6th grade and is primarily focused on preparing our students to be competitive athletes in volleyball, cross country, track and field, basketball, and softball. The curriculum is aligned to CCC’s sports program and is overseen by the Athletic Director.

The Arts Program has two parts. In the Lower School, students are introduced to musical theory with a strong focus on singing. In the Upper School, students take a deep dive into three core areas: visual art, music, and dance. The focus on each area for a full trimester. The Arts Program is enriched by a school-wide musical and our specialized chorus, Vocal Ensemble.

Electives are offered to Upper School students. Students take four courses per year. The classes vary but have included journalism, health and wellness, typing, Spanish, Arabic, and entrepreneurship. The classes are ungraded and meet once per week.

Advisory is a two-stage program that begins in 4th grade. The 4th and 5th graders have an Advisory class with the Heads of School once a week. During that time the students receive guidance and learn how to establish and work towards shared goals. The Upper School Advisory groups are intergrade, 5-7 students per group. Each group meets with an advisor four times per week to review grades, goals, and build a supportive network. Advisory seeks to increase students’ sense of belonging at school and improve their relationships with peers and adults.

Girls Space is a specialized health class focused on a girl’s identity, self-image, and physical development. The class is taught in collaboration with the school counselor and Educational Alliance, a community-based advocacy group on the Lower East Side.