Our Middle School (6th – 8th grade) is designed to help students transition from intermediate to high school. The program follows a departmentalized structure with each teacher licensed for their specific subject, e.g. math, science, art, Bible, etc. (all teachers are considered “highly qualified” by IDOE). Students also have an elective, including Spanish, instrumental music/band, technology, service learning, and journalism. Students who take Spanish I in 8th grade and earn an A or a B will receive credit for high school Spanish I. Students who take Algebra I in 8th grade and earn an A or a B will receive credit for high school Algebra I.
For the 18/19 school year, 6th and 7th grade will be at our Cullen Campus (school day will be 8:10 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.) and 8th grade will be located at our freestanding Epworth Campus (school day will be 8:20 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.). Both campuses will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. for student use (with no charge).
Each student in 6th-8th grade is required to bring their own personal laptop (BYOD) to and from school each day. Further, we have integrated Google Apps for Education (GAFE) throughout the curriculum using technology for school work, collaboration, connectivity, and family engagement.
Key features include a Christ-centered curriculum that is rigorous and relevant; a safe, nurturing environment that helps students develop positive peer relationships; and an immersive 1-to-1 learning model that uses technology as a collaborative tool and information rich resource.
In addition, students work on projects, individually and in teams, which integrate various subjects across the curriculum. We focus on character development and guide students as they sharpen their organizational, study, and presentations skills needed to be successful.
The goal of middle school is to give students the opportunities to heighten their level of accountability and responsibility …. and LEAD! Our curriculum is designed to prepare them for high school, including leadership development.
Students may participate in numerous extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports as they discover and develop their gifts and talents. Other highlights of middle school include service partnerships with community and global missions where students learn the value of volunteering, giving, and investing in others. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grades also participate in class trips. The 8th grade takes an optional trip to Washington D.C. in October (during fall break) where they learn about government and develop an understanding of what patriotism truly means.