6th-8th grade

Middle School at HCLS includes a homeroom teacher to connect with each student, along with departmental classes taught by a content area specialist. Students are given many of the opportunities and resources they would have in a larger school, combined with a small school family feeling in a setting that fosters a supportive transition experience to high school. Fine Arts remain part of our curriculum with full semester music and art classes in 6th grade, along with a Fine Arts elective requirement in 7th and 8th grade. Spanish is taught in 7th and 8th grades and is equivalent to 1st year Spanish in high school, with a test-out option for Spanish 2 as a freshman. Multi-level math is offered, and a teacher from Martin Luther High School teaches upper level math. Algebra is offered in 8th grade, and is equivalent to a high school course; students may test out of freshman algebra and begin in Geometry in high school.

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We offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities for students to choose from, including:

  • Musical Theater

  • Band

  • Choir

  • Piano and Guitar Lessons

  • Book Club

  • Volleyball

  • Basketball

  • Track & Field

  • Soccer

  • Cross Country

  • Spirit Team

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the National History Bee and Spelling Bee, both nation-wide competitions which begin at the classroom level and progress to a school competition. Winners from the school competition may go on to regional and national competitions. Students can also participate in the Knowledge Bowl, a multi-school academic competition that challenges student teams in their knowledge of math, science, history, language arts, and the Bible.

Special Middle School Events & Activities

6th Grade Talent Show

Students plan the show and share their talents with their families and other students. Acts can be serious or silly, individual or group, and allow us to see a side of our students not often seen in the classroom.

7th Grade Canoe trip

Our students have the opportunity to explore God’s creation and learn canoeing skills as they navigate the Mukwonago River with their classmates.

8th Grade Trips

We bookend our 8th grade year with a week-long trip to South Dakota at the beginning of the year, and the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells at the end of the year. Our primary focus is growing in our relationship with God and how we relate with others including faith development, group building, and leadership training through Bible Studies and other various activities.

8th Grade Buddy Books

Students in 8th grade partner at the beginning of the year with a 1st grade buddy. They spend time throughout the year with intentional activities to connect with each other. The 8th grade students learn about their 1st grade buddy and create a book for them as part of our Language Arts curriculum.

Small Group Bible Study

Our 8th graders have the opportunity to meet weekly with pastors and school administrators in a small group environment in order to further their relationship with each other as well as with Christ.

Additional Information


Hales Corners Lutheran School provides a secure, nurturing environment that enables elementary and middle school age students need to explore and experiment. Our curriculum, taught from a Christ-centered philosophy, instills a life-long love of learning. Click here to learn more about our curriculum.

Lunch Program

We offer your child a nutritional hot lunch option through DPI and the National School Lunch Program (NLSP). Click here to learn more about our Lunch Program.

Before & After School Programs

Hales Corners Lutheran School offers before and after school care for families who, due to work schedules, cannot pick up their children at the end of the day. Click here to learn more about our after school programs.

Athletics (5th-8th grades)

Hales Corners Lutheran School believes that athletics are an important tool in teaching children to make use of their God-given talents and skills. Click here to learn more about Athletics at HCLS.

Take the Next step

We want to meet you! To truly experience what makes Hales Corners Lutheran School so special, we invite you and your family to set up a school visit to meet us, see the learning space and get all of your questions answered. We are a family-friendly environment, so children are welcome! Please call the school office at 414-529-6701 to schedule your visit. Planning a visit is the first step of our Admissions process:

  1. Schedule a school visit

  2. Complete your admissions application

  3. Enroll your child

  4. Complete a tuition agreement

For additional details about our Admissions process, as well as tuition rates for the 2019-20 school year, click here. For additional questions and information, please contact Crissy Peterson at cpeterson@hcl.org or 414-529-6701 or Albert Amling at aamling@hcl.org or 414-529-6701. If you have any questions about Before and After School Care, contact Diane Shippell at dshippell@hcl.org or 414-529-6701.