St. Agatha Catholic School middle school is designed to prepare students for what lays ahead … high school! Each grade has a homeroom where they go in the morning, get settled and start their day with prayer.  From there they move from class to class, subject to subject. With five basic subjects and four specialty subjects and an elective, there are seven periods each day.

Middle School Religion


Key Areas of Study


The Old Testament

• Creation, Sin, Promise - The Bible, The World, and faith in the Lord
• Freedom and Covenant - Trust in Providence and the Covenant at Sinai
• Land and Kingdom - The Promised Land and special places of God’s presence
• Exile and Return - Speaking God’s Word, Prophets of Hope and Stories of Wisdom
• The Covenant and the World - Jesus, the Church and the Sacraments


The New Testament

• Authorship of the bible
• Divine Inspiration
• Inspiration and history
• The culture of Jesus and His times
• The Gospels- Four different points of view
• John the Baptist- Bridge between the Old and New Testament
• The Miracles, Parables and Teachings of Jesus
• The Origin of the Church


Service Learning

• Each grade level participates in service learning several times a year
• In addition to in-class participation, students complete independent service house outside of school


Church History

• The spread of Christianity despite opposition

• The many changes in the Church during the 4th century
• Growth in the Church during the early Middle Ages
• Explore why the Crusades failed to achieve their objectives
• How the Church of the Renaissance survived crises and challenges
• Examine the Church’s response to the age of the kings and the Scientific Revolution
• Impact of the French Revolution on the Church
• Response to liberalism and nationalism in the 19th century
• Examine the growth of the Church around the world
• Appreciate the Church’s story in art



• Morality - Moral life, friendship with God, and grace

• Happiness - Beatitudes, and Ten Commandments
• Discipleship - Baptism and community of the Church

• Sin and Forgiveness - Original and personal sin, effects of sin, and Jesus and forgiveness

• Freedom - Conscience and first Commandment

• Sacred - Prayer, second and third Commandments

• Love - Family, Obedience, fourth Commandment and authority

• Life - Fifth Commandment, healthy self-love, sixth and ninth Commandments, sexuality, chastity, and modesty

• Justice - Seventh and tenth Commandments

• Truth - Eighth Commandment

• Virtues - Cardinal virtues and theological virtues

• Moral Life - Challenges, Works of Mercy, and Laws of the Church

• Decisions - Influences and steps in decision making

• Future - Vocations, priesthood / religious life, active and contemplative Religions

• Stewardship - Citizenship, service to the community, and Service Learning

• Theology of the Body - A Catholic Understanding of Human Identity, Vocation and Sexuality.



Prayer in all forms is emphasized in the Middle School - from traditional to spontaneous, from music to meditation, from the spoken word and formal liturgical prayer to the psalms and prayers of the heart. Students learn how to pray alone, in a small group within the classroom or school and in the church.

A priest and a dad co-teach a St. Agatha religion class
The duo helps ‘lessons come alive’



Link to Article from Sentinel

At the front of a St. Agatha School classroom, eighth-grade theology teacher

Arnaud Prevot begins the day’s lesson on Advent and the sacraments. He’s just

a few sentences into his introduction when another voice chimes in from across

the room: “Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus,’ meaning ‘coming.’”

Father Luan Tran steps around a desk and smiles at the students, who sit with

open notebooks and attentive looks.

For the next 40 minutes, the quick-witted pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Southeast

Portland and Prevot, a gregarious father of three, pace back and forth in front of the

room gesticulating, asking questions, finishing each other’s sentences — engaging the students while tackling substantial theological ideas...

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6th and 7th GRADE RELIGION


Ms. Nelson loves teaching all learners and watching them become successful students. She has a passion for swimming, watching college sports and writing letters to her friends.

At St. Agatha since: 2015


Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Certificate

Whitworth University

Masters of Education 

University of Portland


Click here to email Miss Nelson





Arnaud Prevot has taught for close to 15 years, teaching in Oregon, Washington and Maryland. Originally from France, he has also authored 7 books and spoken internationally on the topic of school marketing. He has a passion for teaching religion in a systematic and practical way.

At St. Agatha since: 2014


Bachelor of Arts in French/Spanish

University of Dallas

Master of Business Administration

University of Dallas

Doctorate of Business Administration

Argosy University / Seattle, WA

 E-mail Dr. Prevot



Fr. Luan loves the community and the children here at St. Agatha. He enjoys the 8th grade Religion class he co-teaches with Dr. Prevot. 

At St. Agatha since: 2018


Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Portland State University

Priestly Ordination (June 1994)

Portland Archdiocese

E-mail Fr. Luan

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