Middle School Information
Seventh and eighth graders are in a time of transition from being children to becoming teenagers; our job is to help temper that transition with a Christian worldview. In addition to preparing them academically for high school, we help them learn how to think, how to make wise choices, and how to be more responsible for themselves and others. Students are encouraged to develop interpersonal relationships that will glorify God and each other. Middle school is a place where they can make mistakes and be surrounded by adults who love them by responding and not reacting.
Each year students are required to take Bible, English, math, science, social studies, and physical education. The Middle School Bible courses are designed to focus on character development and increasing the student’s awareness of the relevancy of the Bible to their life. In 8th grade, students who are gifted in mathematics may take Algebra I (normally a 9th grade class) which places them on an advanced math track which they will continue on through the 12th grade. There are several criteria that must all be met for an 8th grader to take Algebra I (please contact the guidance office
for more specific information). The 7th grade social studies course is Geography, and the 8th grade course is World History I.
Students can also choose to participate in Introduction to Spanish, Choir, Band and Art. . The following athletic teams are also available (dependent upon interest) for students to participate in: Boys - Basketball, baseball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track; Girls - Basketball, cheer leading, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.
During the summer Shades Mountain Independent Church offers a Summer
Camp (Camp Straight Street) for K5 through 8th grade. You can
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