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.