Admissions

At LMC it is our goal to provide an educational program that caters specifically to the interests of middle school students, as well as to their academic and social / emotional needs. At the core of our school is a belief in community and that all students should learn from those who are socially, economically, and racially different from themselves.

We get to know our students and give them what they need to be successful.

LMC Mission Statement

Our school is made up of 4 classes of students at each grade level (6, 7, 8) for a total of 12 classes and approximately 370 students. Each year we admit around 120 students, 20 of whom have Individualized Education Plans (IEPS) for Integrated Co-teaching (ICT) support services.

The process for applying to LMC is as follows:

    • Beginning in early fall, take a tour of our school or attend an open house. Dates and times will be posted on our school website in September.
    • In early December, submit your middle school application to your elementary school guidance counselor. You will have the opportunity to rank up to 5 middle schools.
    • In late January LMC will receive the names of students who have listed our school in their ranking. LMC staff will reach out to those families who have ranked our school as either their 1st or 2nd choice. These students are invited to participate in an interview with an LMC staff member in early February.
  • Students attending interviews will do the following:
    • Engage in a face to face interview.
    • Participate in a group problem-solving exercise.
    • Share a piece of student work, talent, or other item representing something that the child is proud of. Be prepare to speak about this during the interview.
  • When the interviews are completed LMC staff will submit a ranking of students to the District 2 placement office. It is from this list that the incoming class of 6th graders is created for the following year. The criteria used to create the ranking include:
    • Student performance during the interview.
    • Student attendance.
    • Teacher reports submitted by the child’s 5th grade teacher as a part of the middle school application.
  • Families and students are notified of their middle school placement in May.
Admissions Rubric

All students who rank our school as their first or second choice will be invited in for an interview day during which students share current student work and their report cards. Students participate in a short group interview and collaborative math problem. These interviews are conducted by our teachers and staff.

* Acceptance to LMC is based on a maximum of 10 possible points.

Criteria Possible Point Value
Teacher Reports

(from 5th grade teacher)

0-2 points possible
(1 point for each of the following criteria)

Screened for:

• Ability to work well with others

• Homework/class work completion rate

4th Grade Report Cards

*If a child’s report card is
missing,
then points available in the Teacher Reports category
will be worth a total of 5 points.

0-3 points possible
(1 point for each of the following criteria)

Screened for:

• Grade level marks (proficient or higher as indicated on the report card specific to the elementary school)

• Social/emotional – ability to work well with others

• Class participation

Attendance 0-2 points possible

Screened for:

We look for student who have no fewer than 10 days of combined absence/lateness

(0-10 = 2 points, 10-20 = 1 point, more than 20 = 0 points)

Internal Interview 0-5 points possible
(1 point for each of the following criteria)

Screened for:

• Quality of work

• Sense of pride/ownership for this work

• Ability to communicate well with others and accept disagreement

• Sense of values related to kindness and hard work

• Level of engagement during student presentations

Download a printable version of our Admissions Rubric.

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