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.

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  • 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 group meetings called Pack Time, and multiple assemblies or activity periods. Click here to see a typical weekly schedule.
  • 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 in the final period of each school day. Otherwise, all 5th-8th grade students go to Dubose Dining Hall for study hall.

Course Descriptions

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  • 5th Grade Curriculum

    English
    Standard 5th Grade Math or Advanced 5th Grade Math
    Science
    History
    Physical Education (27 weeks) & Life Skills (9 wks)
    Bible (9 wks) & Spanish (9 wks)
    Technology/Robotics (1 semester)

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

    English
    Standard 6th Grade Math or Advanced 6th Grade Math
    Science
    Geography (1 semester) & Latin/French (1 semester)
    Physical Education
    Bible (9 wks) & STEM (9 wks)
    Technology/Robotics (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
    Pre-Algebra or Advanced Pre-Algebra or Algebra One
    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, Computer Science for Makers, Automation and Robotics, or Exploring American Government OR

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

    English
    Foundations of Algebra or Algebra One or Advanced Algebra One or Geometry
    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, Computer Science for Makers, Automation and Robotics, 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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