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Middle School Curriculum

English Language Arts (ELA)

6th grade

English:  This course covers an examination of various forms of literature combined with a purposeful study of writing styles and language mechanics.  A systematic implementation of a thorough planning, drafting, and editing process will solidify a firm foundation in written expression.

7th grade

Literature:  Through the use of rich literature selections that increase in text complexity across genres, this course strengthens and deepens skills in reading comprehension, literary analysis, and vocabulary while building literary and cultural knowledge and appreciation. Written expression is comprised of expository and creative writing, research, and a systematic implementation of the proper conventions of the English language.

8th grade

Literature:  This course is a further development of 7th grade literature with increased text complexity and higher expectations in written expression.  It is designed to prepare students for the rigors of high school literature and written expression.

Math

6th grade

Course 1: This course is the first level in a systematic approach to middle school math.   Course 1 provides a transition from elementary math to middle school math while providing the framework of skills necessary for success in high school Algebra and Geometry including whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and equations.

7th grade

Course 2: This course is the second level in a systematic approach to middle school math.  Course 2 further develops and builds upon concepts introduced in Course 1 and provides preparation for high school mathematics.  Problem solving and critical thinking skills will be emphasized as greater independence is fostered.

8th grade

Course 3: This course is the third level in a systematic approach to middle school math.  This course provides an introduction to more abstract vocabulary and processes in algebra and geometry. Success in this course is dependent upon proficiency in general computational mathematics.

Science

6th grade

General Science: This course gives a preview of the different branches of science that will be covered in high school courses.  Topics include cells to human systems, astronomy, matter and energy, and heredity.

7th grade

Earth Science: This course is Part 1 of a 2-year instruction on Earth Science. Through an extensive study and synthesis of the various branches of Earth Science, students will explain the question of why Earth is capable of supporting life. Students take the Earth Science Regents at the end of Part 2 in 8th grade. 

8th grade

Earth Science (Honors/Regents): This course is Part 2 and builds upon the foundation set in 7th grade by expanding the understanding of and appreciation for the sciences in all aspects pertaining to the Earth.  Students take the Earth Science Regents at the end of the course.  (1 credit)

 

Social Studies

6th grade

New World History:  This course covers the history, cultures, geography, and peoples of the Western Hemisphere beginning with the northernmost parts of the Arctic Circle and expanding to Canada, the United States, Mexico, the West Indies, and South America.

 7th grade

World Studies: This course covers world history beginning with ancient civilizations of Biblical importance and continuing through each era to current events.  Topics include the rise and fall of empires, revolutions, wars, and other impactful events affecting each civilization throughout history.

 

8th grade

American History: This course addresses the history of America from the 1490’s to present times with an emphasis on the men and women who made America a great nation.   A focus is placed on the faith, moral convictions, and patriotism of these individuals and how their beliefs and actions shaped the nation.

 

Bible

6th grade

Bible 6 – Winning the Race: This course covers New Testament doctrine with a focus on the life and work of Christ.  As an understanding of God’s unfailing love continues to develop, a desire for steadfast obedience and enduring devotion to Christ grows. 

7th grade

Bible 7 – Route 66: This course provides a survey of the theme and structure of each book of the Bible with a focus on God’s purposes and plans represented in each of the 66 books. An understanding of God’s loving purposes for His people as a whole leads to discovery of God’s personal plans for the individual.

8th grade

Bible 8 – Wisdom in Proverbs: This course focuses on the wisdom of God presented in Proverbs.  Personal life application of Godly wisdom is examined through the study of various Biblical characters who either did or did not demonstrate God’s wisdom in their own lives.

 

World Languages

6-7th grades

Latin: Latin is the most influential language from which the English language derives its words.  This course will explore the origin of English words from their Latin roots and how they contributed to the richness of the English vocabulary.  A more practical comprehension and appreciation of words used every day will develop when the Latin roots are understood.

8th grade

Spanish I (Honors): This course is an introduction to the Spanish language. It is taught through the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Students will learn to understand the Spanish language as it is spoken at a basic level and to communicate with simple verbal or written responses. Spanish sounds will be learned through imitation. Basic grammar and sentence structure will be taught in basic, everyday vocabulary. (1 credit)

Physical Educaton

6th-8th grades

The middle school Physical Education program entails a variety of physical activities and sports such as units in callisthenic exercises, basketball, volleyball, team handball, and many more. The program enhances students' knowledge on the importance of daily participation in physical activities. It is designed to give students the opportunity to gain personal fitness skills, to be empowered to meet challenges and develop positive behaviors toward fitness. 

Music

6-8th grades

Music Performance - Worship Team:  Students will develop an understanding of the different roles in worship ministry. The middle school worship team course offers an introduction to worship leading and performance opportunities in chapel services throughout the school year.

Health

6-8th grades

Health:This course will focus on the physical, emotional, mental, and social sides of health.  Students will explore ways to live a healthy life with class discussion, hands on experiments, as well as projects on how to bring an awareness of health to the world around us.  Time will be devoted to researching what is currently happening in the topic of Health in our society. (1 credit)

Life Skills

6th grade

Life Skills: This course provides students with the skills necessary for a successful transition from elementary school to middle school.  It addresses forming strong study and work habits as well as building healthy relationships and striving for excellence in every aspect of life.