Current Community Events

Register now for Spring 2019 Laker Playgroup. This hands-on play group meets on Wednesdays starting January 23 through May 15 from 9-11 a.m.

Register today.

The ULS Fine Arts Department will perform “Guys and Dolls” February 15-17 and 26-28. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 21.

Personal Tours are also available any time. Contact Mrs. Angie Wenger, Director of Admissions at (262) 367-6011, ext. 1455 or to schedule a tour.

Current Community Events


The Middle School is comprised of 5th through 8th grades and is held in
the Stackner Building.


middle school students at university lake school

In the Middle School, rigorous academics involve in-depth investigations of sophisticated content, as well as applying academic formatting and conventions to scholarly work. In addition to learning content, students are expected to make higher-level thinking connections across academic disciplines, to their own lives and to the world at large. There are a variety of curriculum components that contribute to the rigor of academics in the Middle School.

middle school project at university lake school

Language Arts/Social Studies/History

Students engage in an accelerated vocabulary building program that not only prepares them for college entrance exams, but increases the depth of their writing and reading comprehension. Middle School students read a variety of genres in Language Arts that are aligned with the Social Studies curriculum. This alignment helps students have a deeper understanding of the selected literature and related historical events.

middle school student working in class


Math instruction challenges our students not only to develop a strong foundation of skills, but to strengthen their analytical skills vital to higher level math courses and real world problem solving situations.


Science is taught with an emphasis on mastering the scientific method and utilizing scientific information as a tool for problem solving. Topics covered include earth, life and physical science.


Time Management & Organization

In addition, the Middle School program focuses on effective study, time management and organizational skills. Teachers create an environment that promotes curiosity and a joyful passion for learning while transitioning students from young learners into true scholars.



Students are given the opportunity to showcase their developing academic skills by creating independent study and honors projects. Students select a topic of study, working in conjunction with their division advisor to create a proposal. Honors projects include a research and reflection component, an authentic creative element, and a presentation for an audience of teachers, students and parents. The final presentation is intended to demonstrate intellectual curiosity and original thinking.

The project requires students to properly cite references and document research. Examples of past projects include, “Unknown Influential Americans,” “How to Teach Spanish,” and “Exploring the Galapagos Islands.” These projects encourage Middle School students to demonstrate creativity, organization, public speaking skills, and an effective use of research and resources.



Leadership skills are fostered in a variety of ways in the Middle School, as it is especially critical for students to learn positive leadership traits during this developmental stage. Students are divided into “tribes.” Each tribe is comprised of students in various grades. “Tribe Time” takes place once a month, where students are assigned a project, task or problem they must solve together. Other leadership development activities include Pine Rock Studios and off-campus trips, such as wilderness retreats to East Troy and Lake Geneva, and a week-long 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.



In Middle School, students develop a greater mastery of content studied as a result of more sophisticated and in-depth hands-on learning activities. These hands-on projects integrate math, engineering, environmental science, art and organizational skills. Students use these skills in a concrete fashion that quickly leads to concept mastery.

Curriculum Highlights


  • Designing and programming robotics
  • Tapping maple trees to produce maple syrup
  • In 7th grade, students create Rube Goldberg inventions
  • In 8th grade, students build and race CO2 cars

To review the full ULS Scope & Sequence curriculum by grade or topic, contact Deb Smith at

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