Middle School Methods

In middle school courses, mentors help students get excited about learning. Class assignments are project-based. Through projects, students begin to develop the discipline needed to structure their time and energy to get the greatest benefits from their educations.

Projects are designed to encourage students to engage with exciting ideas and experiences. Through projects, they learn how ideas apply to the real world. Course subjects are integrated so that student projects draw on many different fields of knowledge.

These methods infuse students with confidence and prepare them to excel in high school courses. These methods set students on the path to become principled adult leaders.


Amazing! The program helps each youth to grow in their own capacity and to progress in competition with themselves–not others. That is very non-public school, and I like that mentality.

-Tricia L., Bountiful, UT

Project-Based Learning

Middle school projects match and extend students’ ranges of interest and abilities. Every week, a variety of project options are offered in each course. Mentors help students choose and carry out projects that are adapted to their learning style and capacity. To help them be accountable, students report back to their mentors and peers about what they learned. When students see the application of what they discuss in class, they get excited about learning.

Integrated Subjects

In our middle school, courses are developed to take advantage of the interconnectivity of diverse disciplines. Because math, science, the arts, and leadership are interconnected in the real world, we integrate them in our classrooms and in our projects.

Students learn to express their ideas through writing in humanities courses. Then they learn about leadership and humanities in writing courses. In projects, they experience the connections between math and music, literature and moral character, and the growth of science in historic contexts. By the time they finish middle school, our students have the capacity to understand the relationships between disciplines.


At LAU, students learn how to lead, innovate, and communicate through practice. We require all of our students to participate in leadership pods. Pods are small classes in which mentors deliver personal support and foster accountability. Pods meet daily in short sessions where students and mentors read, discuss, and work on projects. As students report back to their mentors and peers, they also learn to make and fulfill meaningful commitments. These experiences help them develop discipline in their study habits by teaching them to effectively manage their time and energy. The leadership attributes of self-discipline and integrity in commitments serve our students well in all their classes, in their high school experiences, and throughout their lives.