Junior High (Sixth-Eighth) Curriculum
Curriculum rotates from year to year. We have recently used Summit curriculum which is currently updating from one set for the whole middle school to breaking it up for individual grades. This challenges students to know what they believe Christianity and to begin thinking about it in comparison to other beliefs. It goes in depth to theological thinking.
We have also covered some of Lee Strobel's titles including Case for Christ and Case for Faith. This helps students build a foundation their belief in God. Students also participate in memorizing scripture.
The goal is to focus on producing grammatically sound students. A range of topics is covered, including parts of speech and sentence structure, through punctuation and diagramming. We strive to provide a solid foundation to prepare students to succeed as readers and writers in all content areas.
This class incorporates novels. In a novel, students are given vocabulary, quotes, and thought-provoking questions that require them to go beyond the text. Students are asked to identify principles or morals that are woven within the plot, and to articulate lessons that they can apply to their own lives. Students cover various books, such as Little Pilgrim's Progress, Heat, Wednesday Wars, and Shakespeare.
6th and 7th grade Basic math - Designed to reinforce basic skills needed to be successful in Algebra, and covers all the basic operations, plus percents, decimals, business math, graphing, geometry, and an introduction to Pre-Algebra.
Pre-Algebra - This course is designed for advanced seventh graders and is designed to get students ready for Algebra 1. Basic mathematical operations are reviewed. The main focus is on skills needed to complete Algebra 1.
Algebra 1 - This course is available for eighth graders who are advanced in math. This is a freshman-level math class. Students will be tested at the end of the year. Those that pass the test receive credit for high school Algebra 1. This is a very aggressive course and is quite challenging.
Life Science - Students start by examining cell composition and then journey through all five kingdoms. Students experience science in a hands-on way. Labs teach students skills such as how to use a microscope, how to build DNA models, and how to dissect earthworms and frogs.
Earth and Space - Students look at the marvelous features of God’s creation here on Earth, as well as the wonders of the heavens and bodies they hold. Units covered include geology, oceanography, space exploration, major storms and their causes and effects, and weather. Labs are incorporated throughout the year.
Students are challenged beyond memorizing dates and historical figures, towards considering the impact of events, wars and people on particular times or areas. Areas covered are World, U.S., and Washington State history, from a Christian perspective. Our goal is to make history relevant and personal to students’ lives today. These classes include map skills: reading and drawing a map and identifying map types. The realm of traveling is explored by creating a project that requires students to research an area and produce an itinerary, expense report, and write-up of the location. Students’ minds are broadened beyond the city in which they live.