Middle School 6-8 Grades

Lit Out Loud 7th & 8th Grade

Faith, Knowledge & Leadership

Teachers facilitate learning activities that intentionally allow for Middle School students to analyze and integrate content from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to investigate global issues, answer complex questions, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems. Middle School students will ask relevant questions, conduct research, refine questions based on research, and develop new questions that are relevant to understanding problems, global issues, or challenges. Teachers will also facilitate learning activities that allow middle school students to refine critical thinking skills by applying scientific investigation and the engineering design process

6th Grade – Building Trust and Friendship

7th Grade – Strengthening Leadership and Self-Confidence

8th Grade – Lead the School in Faith, Service and Friendship – High School Preparation

Literature & Language Arts Program

Our middle school students enjoy exploring the literary arts in a challenging environment of inquiry, analysis, and experimentation. Our program is structured on a systematic approach to learning about literature and the English language. Along with practicing high-complexity literary analysis, we study formal grammar, vocabulary, and elocution styles and strategies in order to better understand the structure and art of the books, short stories, poems, films, and various other texts we study together.

“Lit Out Loud” showcases our 7th and 8th grade students’ achievements in the first poetry units of our academic year.

  • For 7th graders, their study and recitation of classic poetry is a review of poetic structure, figurative language, and “wordplay” – how poets make words sound like music, and how they use the discipline of poetry to tell stories and add drama to their work. The choral aspect of their recitations tonight reflects a direct preparation for the study of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream later in the 7th grade year.
  • Our 8th grade Slam Poetry Unit showcases our upper-level emphasis on honing public speaking and dramatic skills. You’ll hear students practicing the art of constructing striking phrases, statements, and stories for both poetry and speechmaking. In addition, students design and plan their “Slam”-style recitations both in partners as well as solo in order to achieve maximum passion and drama in their performance… in preparation for several persuasive speaking and personal narrative units occurring later in the 8th grade curriculum.
Middle School Math

Foundations: students build a solid foundation for future classes in Algebra and other mathematics courses, and gain the skills required for solving equations, evaluating expressions, and simplifying expressions.  Students will learn how Algebra is linked to other areas of mathematics, such as statistics, probability, and geometry.

Accelerated Pre-Algebra: students apply operations to rational numbers; work with radicals and integer exponents; use operations to generate equivalent expressions; solve numerical and algebraic expressions and equations; make connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations; solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous equations; use sampling and inference, and evaluate probability models; create, compare, and analyze geometric figures; and finally, perform rotations, reflections, and translations.

Algebra 1 is a rigorous full-year Algebra 1 course organized according to high school standards for mathematical content; will help prepare students for advanced courses such as calculus, advanced statistics, or discrete mathematics.  Students will complete problems, and practice exercises that are designed to develop logical and mathematical reasoning; explore and develop concepts and ideas, then practice them along with procedural skills; and learn how to apply math to solve real world applications.
Geometry is offered on-demand.

Science

Middle School Science investigates the following domains,

Physical Science: Matter, Motion, Forces, Energy, Sound and Light, Electricity and Magnetism;

Earth and Space: Geology, Landforms, Atmosphere and Weather, Astronomy;

Life: Characteristics of life; Cellular Theory, structure, and function; Heredity and Genetics; Ecosystems and Environment.

Social Studies

6-8th Grades: Ancient Civilizations, World Geography, US History

Religion

6th Grade: Old Testament
7th Grade: New Testament /Missionary Discipleship
8th Grade: Church History and Morality/Family Program Leaders

1:1 Laptop Program

Students entering the 6th grade provide a laptop for school use through the middle school years. The key benefit is the access to a digital resource at any time 24/7. Learners can take their laptop wherever they are so learning becomes a lifestyle not isolated to the classroom.