Students in middle school ELA study grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing. For reading curriculum, St Raphael Middle school uses Great Minds Wit and Wisdom as a foundational curriculum. “Wit & Wisdom students read and study award-winning fiction and nonfiction texts, famous works of art, videos, photographs, and more. These texts awaken and expand students’ curiosity. Wit & Wisdom students also learn about compelling topics such as the five senses, outer space, the Great Depression, and more. Through their work with these topics and texts, students hone their abilities to read challenging texts and to write and speak clearly, logically, and effectively. Wit & Wisdom students build strong knowledge and skill” (Great Minds). Students are taught a variety of subjects and skills to help create lifelong scholars, and prepare them for their next steps in academia.