Middle School Grades 6-8
Middle school is designed to meet the needs of students in the sixth through eighth grade. A team of teachers works with all students and gets to know each one personally. The curriculum is hands-on and connected by multi-subject projects. Sports, activities, Student Council, Achievement Hour, and Missions Projects help make this phase of school an exciting and positive experience.
The middle school teaching team makes communication a priority. Meetings are held to plan and discuss student progress. Team status reports help keep parents informed. Students have planners to help stay organized and successful. Student-led conferences allow students to take responsibility for their achievement and communicate it to their parents. RenWeb, a personalized on-line program, is available to all parents.
The curriculum is designed to connect with the elementary and high school sequence of courses. Bible, science, history, and language arts materials have been updated within the past year. The teachers create themes and coordinate projects between subjects frequently so students can understand important connections. Activities like literature circles and current events help students to get involved, think critically, and apply learning to their own lives. World Studies begins in eighth grade and continues into ninth grade with the same teacher; this intensive world history and literature course gives students depth of knowledge while making the transition into high school easier. Eighth grade Lightbearers Bible introduces students to information needed to defend the Christian faith.
Summer Reading Program
Students are required to read at least two books over the summer, one assigned title, to build their knowledge of literature and vocabulary and keep their language arts skills developing. A writing assignment is due the first day back to school, and a test is given over an assigned book.
Middle school meets for its own chapel service every week. Praise-and-worship is led by a group of middle school students. Students can take electives in Christian Leadership to help plan chapel or Worship Band to help lead worship time. Speakers include teachers, parents, and pastors. Once a month, character awards are given to a student in each class.
Achievement Hour is a flexible period of time for students to do homework, get tutoring from other teachers, make up tests, or go to enrichment sessions or organization meetings. Students who have low grades in a class on a progress report or report card will be sent to check in with that teacher each week until their grades rise.