Academics and Resources

Academic Standards

NSU Middle Lab School prides itself on the academic achievements of our students. Our “A” grade on our School Report Card is verification of our success as a school. We have students with varying academic needs, so we meet the students “where they are” to help them become successful with an academically gifted program, talent programs, as well as a special education program.

Students can earn high school credits in Algebra I, Art I, and Orchestra I before stepping foot on a high school campus. Field experiences provide hands-on experiences that are aligned with current academic standards and enhance classroom experiences.

NSU Middle Lab School strives for all students to achieve the Louisiana State Standards. The State Standards for Math and English/Language Arts were revised through a review process and are new for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. To learn more about the Louisiana State Academic Student Standards and Grade Level Expectations, visit this page on the Louisiana Believes Website.

Academic Study Skills and Resources

As part of NSU Middle Lab’s ongoing efforts to improve student achievement, teachers school-wide are implementing study skills. One way we are helping students is by teaching them how to take Cornell Notes, a widely-used note taking system originally developed for students to learn how to study in college by Walter Paul, a former professor at Cornell University. We believe that it’s never too early learn to study, so we are helping students use this learning tool now. There are many resources on Cornell Notes, but you can check out this resource from Cornell University.

Another free resource we recommend is Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a series of video and practice exercises for many subjects, such as mathematics, computer science, and world history, so students are likely to find a video on what they are learning in class or just an area of interest that we cannot offer.

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Summer Reading Program

Along with the fun and relaxation of summer, we ask our students to include some summer reading. Students are asked to read at least 3 books from the Summer Reading List or any appropriate book on their reading level.  If your child chooses a book not on the list, you will want to check AR Book Find to make sure there is an AR test available for that title.

See the reading lists for all grade levels in the documents section.