Middle school students at LRA (grades 6 – 8) are making the transition from elementary to middle school by increasing expectations for their academic performance and personal responsibility for learning. Writing and reading skills are refined throughout the curriculum and mathematical and scientific knowledge and techniques are stressed. Middle school athletes are instructed in the fundamentals of their chosen sport, are led by knowledgeable, dedicated coaches to experience the value and camaraderie of “team,” and have attained notable success in their athletic endeavors.