Overview

Bible: Intro to Biblical Worldview

This course will be an introduction to the nature of worldviews and is designed to help students understand the unique truth of a biblical worldview, which answers all of life’s most important questions. This course will open student’s eyes to the fact that ideas have consequences, especially when those ideas do not begin with biblical truth. One goal of this class is defensive: to prevent students from being deceived by anti-Christian worldviews. A second goal is offensive: to train students to actively live out the truth of Christianity in a culture of relativism and confusion. This course operates on the premise that every generation must be prepared to undertake a proactive Christianity – one that redeems culture rather than rejects it.

English 8

This course is designed to develop proficiency in public speaking; to improve report-writing and research skills; to analyze literature through independent reading and reports, concentrating on key elements of character, plot, conflict, theme and setting; to challenge reading comprehension through the study of difficult literature. Literary works include the following: A unit of short stories, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Giver. Vocabulary is studied on a regular basis from within the context of each story. Students are taught to use credible sources, use intext citation to support claims, and cite sources following MLA guidelines.

Honors English 8

At the Honors level, the students in this course engage in extended learning activities that require students to increase critical thinking skills and develop a much deeper understanding of the content areas. Students become skilled at researching, formulating essays, and become well-versed writers. This advanced course includes the standards and content of the English 8 course, but promotes advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking. This course is designed to develop proficiency in public speaking; to improve report-writing and research skills; to analyze literature through independent reading and reports, concentrating on key elements of character, plot, conflict, theme, and setting; to challenge reading comprehension through the study of difficult literature. Literary works include the following: A more expansive unit of short stories, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Giver. Additional challenging writing and research skills will be taught in this Honors course. Vocabulary is studied on a regular basis from within the context of each story.

Students are taught to use credible sources, use intext citation to support claims, and cite sources following MLA guidelines.

Earth Science

This Earth Science course is designed to be a middle school survey course. This course will cover origin of the universe, earth’s structure, its motion in the solar system, and processes that affect the earth such as weathering, erosion, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. Students also explore meteorology and how it affects our weather, the sun and earth’s interaction and how the earth fits into our solar system. STEM units on building space vehicles and building for earthquakes will be included in the curriculum. The goal of this class is to introduce the concept of studying science from a biblical worldview.

Math Options

Foundations of Algebra is a course created to review topics that are fundamental to mathematical success in middle school and high school. This course will be tailored to the individual student’s needs and will be supplemented with a content rich online program such as www.aleks.com. The class will consist of teacher-led mini lessons and online lessons. There will be worksheet assignments as well as assessments to ensure progress. The goal of this course is to prepare students for success in Algebra and Geometry. Placement in this class is by teacher recommendation only.

Pre-Algebra is the second year of the three-year Algebra course in Math In Focus. Students will work with the real number system performing operations with rational numbers. Students will be introduced to algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and proportions. They will also study volume and surface area of solids. Mathematics are approached from an in-depth conceptual understanding focusing on fluency within the skills. This helps the students build conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving, a review of all basic math skills and an introduction to other topics. The studies in this course lay a foundation for Algebra and Geometry. Throughout the year there is an emphasis on the following topics and teaching methods: reasoning skills, problem solving, number relationships and theory, patterns, and Algebra concepts.

Honors Pre-Algebra is a rigorous class covering Course 2 of the three-year comprehensive Algebra course in Math in Focus. Students will work with the real number system performing operations with rational numbers. They are introduced to algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, and proportions. They will also study volume and surface area of solids. The honors course will study four additional chapters introducing them to angle properties, the construction of geometric shapes, probability, and statistics. The mathematics are approached from an in-depth conceptual understanding focusing on fluency within the skills. This helps the students build conceptual understanding through a focus on problem solving. Grade 7 Est. weekly homework: 1-3 hours

Algebra I is the third year of the three-year Algebra course in Math In Focus. Students will continue developing their problem solving strategies while exploring more in-depth linear algebra concepts. Students will be introduced to exponents and scientific notation and then enter an in-depth study of linear algebra concepts such as finding linear equations based on algebra, systems and lines on a graph. Functions will be studied and then students will be introduced to geometric transformations, probability and statistics, and congruence and similarity.

Honors Algebra I is Course 3, the final year, of the three-year comprehensive Algebra course in Math in Focus. Students will continue developing their problem solving strategies while exploring more in-depth linear algebra concepts. Students will continue working with exponents and scientific notation and enter an in-depth study of linear algebra concepts such as finding linear equations based on algebra, systems and lines on a graph. Functions will be studied; students will be introduced to geometric transformations, probability and statistics, and congruence and similarity.

US History

In this course, students explore United States history from 1815 through the early 20th century. They use primary documents, simulations, research projects, and debate to help them understand and answer crucial questions in American history. Students look to discover not only what happened, but to interpret the causes and effects of those events and connect them to life today. The past reveals the sinfulness of man, and in this course students will see God’s grace and our need for a Savior.

Life Skills

The goal of this class is to give students practical knowledge and skills that will effectively enhance their success in the real world. This course covers critical life skills such as the importance of nonverbal communication, active listening skills, conversation awareness, communication skills, meeting and introducing people, making a good impression, improving your relationships, setting goals, understanding finances, creating a budget, and basic cooking skills.

Electives

Every 8th grade student will have the opportunity take a full year of PE, a performing fine arts class (Band, Choir or Middle School Drama), and choose between Academic toolbox, art, or another performing arts class.