Academics

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We firmly believe that student success is directly related to the active role a parent plays in the academic education and character development of the student. When we partner together it demonstrates the importance of education that in turn reflects academic success.


6th Grade

Bible


Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) has designed a Bible program to enable Christian educators and schools worldwide to effectively prepare students for life. The sixth grade curriculum presents three strands of instruction: a survey or overview of the New Testament; an in-depth, personalized study of popular passages; and application of these Scriptures to important issue faced by sixth graders. The curriculum is fun, but challenging, convicting, but refreshing, as students receive a solid foundation of Biblical content with strong application in their personal lives.

English


The curriculum for Sixth Grade English provides the fundamental skills needed to prepare students for success in later English courses and on the Sixth Grade Reading State Benchmark Exam. In this course students will strengthen abilities to write clearly and grammatically and to increase the effective use of style. They will also read, comprehend, and respond to a variety of genres, styles, and forms of literature. Students will develop understanding and use of new vocabulary and improve communication skills through many classroom discussions and multimedia presentations. Finally, students will work collaboratively on a variety of literary-based projects.

Math


Glencoe Course 1 incorporates instruction that provides students with a balanced approach to mathematics. Students will develop, reinforce, and master computational and procedural skills; as well as, apply mathematics to problem solving situations. Students will progress and strengthen mathematic concepts such as: patterns, graphs, fractions, decimals, problem solving, measurement, computation, integers, rations, algebra, geometry, and statistics. This course uses notables, study guides, practice worksheets, diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment, intervention options, foldables, and enrichment tools throughout the year.

Science


Glencoe Science Level Green begins with the nature of science with a focus on Physical Science concepts such as: measurements, matter, atoms, elements, energy, motion, electricity, and waves. Then move into the study of Earth Science looking at the different features of the earth, study rocks, minerals, the atmosphere, oceans, weathering, the solar system and space. Students will also engage in classroom discussion about ecology and the earth’s resources. The final portion of the course focuses on Life Science with an emphasis on both animals and humans.

Social Studies


This course covers the early civilizations and move into the ancient Greek and Roman Civilization. Students will study the Christian and Islamic Civilizations. They will transition into the discussion of the Middle Ages and the Americas.

Spanish


The sixth grade program covers vocabulary, conversation, and grammar. Students will have the opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The class visits the computer lab weekly to learn how to type in Spanish and how to explore the many educational Spanish web sites available. Homework is assigned two to three times a week and students are given weekly quizzes. Comprehensive final exams are given at semester end.

7th Grade

Bible

This course is in two parts. The first is an in depth study of the Life of Christ. Jesus and the writers of the Gospels are introduced in the beginning of the curriculum, as lessons move through the New Testament, including Christ’s birth and baptism, miracles, sayings, events with his disciples, the Sermon on the Mount, and his crucifixion. The second half covers life skills, and Biblical truths and values. Throughout the year there are classroom devotions and scripture memorization.

English


Students will develop proficiency with skills of oral communication and visual literacy and apply them in a variety of contexts. They will develop skills of problem solving, decision-making, and collaboration. They will perform a variety of real-world reading and writing tasks. Students will use reading and writing for inquiry and research and develop a variety of study and test-taking skills. Classes will enhance their study of literature through the use of the Internet and iPads. Additionally, students will make frequent conceptual and thematic connections between literature and their world. Spelling and the study of vocabulary will be developed continually throughout the course.

Math


Glencoe Course 2 incorporates instruction that provides students with a balanced approach to mathematics. Students will develop, reinforce, and master computational and procedural skills; as well as, apply mathematics to problem solving situations. They will progress and strengthen mathematic concepts such as: graphs, fractions, decimals, problem solving, measurement, computation, algebra, and geometry. This course uses notables, study guides, practice worksheets, diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment, intervention options, foldables, and enrichment tools throughout the year.

Pre-Algebra


Pre-Algebra is designed to implement the National Council Teachers of Mathematics Standards. It teaches the skills and concepts of Pre-Algebra through application, rather than drill, and emphasizes reading and writing of mathematics. The course will provide a wide variety of meaningful problem-solving opportunities and experience. Students are instructed in translating ideas into number relations, algebraic symbols, and letters by the use of equations and formulas, positive and negative numbers, graphs, etc. The course covers such topics as integers, equations, graphing, factors and fractions, rational numbers, linear equations, proportions and percents, inequalities, two and three dimensional figures, and statistics and probability.

Science


Glencoe Science Level Green provides activities and discussions that allow students to discover science concepts through inquiry and to apply the knowledge they’ve constructed to their own lives. Supplemental material is used to support this endeavor with an abundance of Biblical principals to tie in a positive learning environment in the classroom. The curriculum allows students to discover concepts within each of the content standards and gives opportunities to make connections among the science disciplines. Hands on activities and inquiry-based lessons reinforce the science processes emphasized in the standards.

Geography


This is a comprehensive course in which students will study the lands, people and cultures of the world. Geography is the study of the earth and the way that people live on it and use it. It includes all of the earth’s landforms, bodies of water, weather, plant and animal life, and the effects of human activity on the earth. Students will learn what tools geographers use to discover the reasons that places are the way they are and the reasons that people interact with the land in the way that they do.

Spanish


This middle school Spanish class is a two-year program with entry level at the seventh grade. It covers vocabulary, conversation, and grammar which will prepare students for our high school level Spanish 1 course. Students have the opportunity to enhance comprehension, conversation, reading and writing skills. Homework is assigned three to four times a week, and students are given weekly quizzes. Tests are given at the end of each chapter and comprehensive final exams at semester end.

Technology Course


This technology course focuses on computer applications (Microsoft Office) and skills to better prepare your student for high school. Students will learn how to prepare multimedia presentations, understand computer ethics (social networks, cyberbullying, internet etiquette, plagiarism, copyright, etc.), and be introduced to the iPad as a tool for enhancing their educational experience. (May be taken in 7th or 8th Grade.)

8th Grade

Bible


This course is separated into three units. The first unit covers topics within the book Daring Deliverers. This curriculum concentrates on the different judges in the Old Testament book of Judges. The second unit covers life skills, Relating, Waiting and Dating. The final unit is classroom discussion from the Christian novel, The Case for Christ. Throughout the year there are classroom devotions and scripture memorization.

English


Students will use vocabulary development and an understanding of text elements and structures to comprehend literary and informational grade level text. Then they will write informational and literary responses to reflect on and recreate experiences, report observations, and persuade others. Research writing instruction includes an introduction to the Modern Language Association standards, writing on various topics from cultures to future plans. And finally, they will understand the process of seeking and giving information in conversations, group discussions, written reports, and oral presentations. Spelling and vocabulary study, the mastery of parts of speech, and public speaking skills are developed continuously throughout the course.

Math


This course incorporates a balanced approach to mathematics. There are investigating concepts and building conceptual understanding. The curriculum is designed for developing, reinforcing, and mastering computational and procedural skills. Finally, it focuses on applying mathematics to problem-solving situations. Students taking Course 3 in their 8th Grade year will be presented the concepts of Pre-Algebra; while preparing them for success in high school Algebra.

Algebra


This course is the foundation for high school mathematics courses. It is the bridge from the concrete to the abstract study of mathematics. Topics include simplifying expressions, evaluating and solving equations and inequalities, and graphing linear and quadratic functions and relations. Real world applications are presented within the course content and a function’s approach is emphasized.

Science


Glencoe Science Level Blue focuses on three areas of Science. Earth/ Space Science emphasizes the study of the structures of the Earth system, solar system, and space exploration. The second section highlights Life Science and the study of the human body systems. The final portion of the class is Physical Science. This last section focuses on the properties and physical changes in matter.

Social Studies


This is a comprehensive course in which students will focus on various aspects of American History from European colonization through the Civil War. One major requirement for 8th grade students is that they pass a test on the United States Constitution; therefore, the study of the Constitution and its ratification will be a major focus of this course. Students will also be introduced throughout the year to post-colonial aspects of American History, such as the Early Republic and the causes and ramifications of the Civil War. While students will be required to memorize certain facts, people and dates, the goal of this class is not for them to win Jeopardy! Rather, throughout this course students will begin to critically consider and analyze why certain events in American History have occurred and why those events or people mattered.

Spanish


This middle school Spanish class is a two-year program with entry level at the seventh grade. It covers vocabulary, conversation, and grammar which will prepare students for our high school level Spanish 1 course. Students have the opportunity to enhance comprehension, conversation, reading and writing skills. Homework is assigned three to four times a week, and students are given weekly quizzes. Tests are given at the end of each chapter and comprehensive final exams at semester end.

Technology Course


This technology course focuses on computer applications (Microsoft Office) and skills to better prepare your student for high school. Students will learn how to prepare multimedia presentations, understand computer ethics (social networks, cyberbullying, internet etiquette, plagiarism, copyright, etc.), and be introduced to the iPad as a tool for enhancing their educational experience. (May be taken in 7th or 8th Grade.)