Curriculum Overview

The middle school acts as a bridge between the lower and high schools. It is a time for students to begin to explore a variety of activities, discover their gifts, take responsibility for their own learning, and develop effective study habits.

In some ways, the middle school experience is similar for every student. In other ways, the younger middle school students (grades 5–6) and the older students (grades 7–8) have different routines. They are grouped separately for certain activities to reflect the fact that children in the middle grades have both whole-group and more specialized needs.

All students take courses in English, math, science, history, and physical education. Students pursue modern and classical languages, Bible, technology, and the arts in configurations that vary by grade level.

Gender Differentiated Instruction
In middle school, all students in grades 5 through 7 are separated by gender in English and math. At each grade level, there is advanced math for boys and for girls.

Daily Schedule
The order of daily classes rotates from day to day for all middle school students, providing variety in the routine. Students experience different classrooms and teachers throughout the day, and they attend a weekly chapel service, biweekly small groups, and multiple assemblies or activity periods.

Office Hours, Tutorial, and Study Hall
Middle school students can work with teachers in the morning before school during office hours. Students may also sign up to see specific teachers for extra help during tutorial during the last time block of each school day. Otherwise, all 5th-8th grade students go to Dubose Dining Hall for study hall.

Course Descriptions

List of 4 items.

  • 5th Grade Curriculum

    English
    Mathematics
    Science
    History
    Physical Education (27 weeks) & Life Skills (9 wks)
    Bible (9 wks) & Spanish (9 wks)
    Technology (1 semester)

    Students also take two of the three semester-long electives listed below:
    Band, Chorus, or Art/Drama
  • 6th Grade Curriculum

    English
    Mathematics
    Science
    Geography (1 semester) & Latin/French (1 semester)
    Physical Education
    Bible (9 wks) & Robotics (9 wks)
    Technology (1 semester)

    Students also take two of the three semester-long electives listed below:
    Art, Chorus, or Drama OR

    Students take the following year-long elective:
    Band
  • 7th Grade Curriculum

    English
    Mathematics
    Science
    History (1 semester) & Bible (1 semester)
    Modern & Classical Language (French, Spanish, or Latin)
    Physical Education

    Students also take two of the following semester-long electives:
    Drama, 2D Art, 3D Art, Media Technology, or
    Exploring American Government OR

    Students take one of the following year-long electives:
    Advanced Band or Advanced Chorus
  • 8th Grade Curriculum

    English
    Mathematics
    Science
    History (1 semester) & Bible (1 semester)
    Modern & Classical Language (French, Spanish, or Latin)
    Physical Education

    Students also take two of the following semester-long electives:
    Drama, 2D Art, 3D Art, Media Technology, or
    Topics in 20th Century History OR

    Students take one of the following year-long electives:
    Advanced Band, Advanced Chorus, or Advanced Art
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All students take courses in English, math, science, history, and physical education. In middle school, all students in grades 5 through 7 are separated by gender in English and math. At each grade level, there is advanced math for boys and for girls. Students pursue modern and classical languages, Bible, technology, and the arts in configurations that vary by grade level.

The order of daily classes rotates from day to day for all middle school students, providing variety in the routine. Students experience different classrooms and teachers throughout the day, and they attend a weekly chapel service, biweekly advisory periods, and multiple assemblies or activity periods.

Office Hours, Tutorial, and Study Hall
Middle school students can work with teachers in the morning before school during office hours. Students may also sign up to see specific teachers for extra help during tutorial from 2:35-3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 2:45-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All teachers of core subjects will be in their classrooms at that time. Otherwise, all 5th-8th grade students go to Dubose Dining Hall for study hall.