In middle school, children learn that with new freedoms come new responsibilities. The use of technology becomes more personal, as children use their own devices and discuss ways that technology can be an amazing resource, but also misused with serious consequences. Learning how to build healthy relationships with peers, including learning conflict management skills and restorative justice, helps equip children for life.
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The middle school math program is designed to challenge and support students at their level of readiness. The 6th-grade math curriculum prepares them for Algebraic thinking and to be effective and independent learners. Based on teacher recommendations, MAP testing, and previous year’s performance, students are placed in a 7th grade math class or Pre-Algebra. The following year, 8th graders move into Pre-Algebra or the high school level Algebra I class.
The middle school English program focuses on grammar, writing, reading, and public speaking. Extensive time is spent with reading to enable students to have a great literature experience and develop critical thinking from a biblical worldview. Students are also exposed to creative and academic writing to prepare them to be successful at the high school level and beyond.
- Assorted novels
- Adventures for Readers (Holt)
The middle school science program spans a wide range of life, earth, and physical science topics, with the 8th grade culminating in physics. At each level, teachers and students engage in laboratory work and field experiences to enrich the classroom learning.
Textbooks: McGraw Hill / Glencoe
Social Studies Curriculum
The middle school social studies program provides students the opportunity to learn about the world and their local community. The 6th-grade curriculum focuses on ancient countries and cultures, including the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students, during their 7th-grade year, focus on geography, current cultures, and God’s work in the world. The 8th-grade year culminates in American history from the American Revolution to the Reconstruction following the Civil War.
- 6th-grade History: World Adventures in Time and Place–McGraw Hill
- 7th-grade Geography: The World and Its People–McGraw Hill, Glencoe
- 8th-grade history: The American Nation –Prentice Hall
The Middle School Bible program is solid in theology and biblical instruction, it was developed to ensure a strong and lasting connection with students. The goal is to equip students with the knowledge they need to understand and believe God’s word, and to reflect that relationship and faith by living lives of gratitude and obedience.
Textbook: Walking with God and His People (CSI)
Technology is fully integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Students apply computing skills that they have learned to enhance their learning experience. All middle students are encouraged to bring their own device, utilize Google apps and other applications for learning. The school also provides 60 laptops for student use in the classroom, break-out spaces, or library.
Integrating technology with classroom practice can be a great way to strengthen engagement by linking students to a global audience, turning them into creators of digital media, and helping them practice collaboration skills that will prepare them for the future.
The middle school foreign language program provides an introduction of Spanish so that students are prepared to enter the high school Spanish curriculum with confidence. At each level, vocabulary, conversation, and cultural studies are included as critical elements to understanding God’s world.
Textbooks: Paso a Paso – Prentice Hall
Art and Music
The middle school fine arts program includes art and music in the weekly academic program. They also are introduced to drama through classroom activities and a play at the end of the year. This program helps the school educate the whole child and develop God-given gifts in students. The music program includes a 6th grade general music class, a 7th and 8th grade choir, and all students have the option to participate in band. All students are provided the opportunity to grow in their artistic abilities through a wide variety of art mediums. Student fine arts work is showcased through art festivals, general music, choir, and band concerts.
Each child comes to Denver Christian with diverse abilities, talents and interests, and are uniquely gifted to serve God in our world. The Physical Education program stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy body for God’s glory.
The middle school PE classes spend time focusing on good sportsmanship, including winning with grace and losing with dignity. Many of our units (football, basketball, hockey, soccer, etc.) work on teamwork and cooperation but we also value the need to introduce the students to individual skills, including archery, jump rope and juggling.
Middle school is a time to discover and explore God’s world. One unique way that this happens in the middle school program is through our Explore Classes on Friday afternoons. Students choose from a wide range of electives for individual student growth. Explore Classes also allow teachers to share what they are passionate about outside of the traditional curriculum.
- Top Sport Films
- Frisbee Golf
- Duct Tape Art
- Synchronized swimming
- Service projects
- Study skills
- Junk box wars
- Fables & Collagraph printing
- Deborah Butterfield
- Journal making
- Vance Kirkland
- 60’s Art
- Paint art stools
- Clay whistles
- Ultimate Paper Airplanes
- Flip Books
- Countries and Cultures
- Christmas around the World
- Card making
- Joseph Cornel boxes
- Marble racing
- Stain Glass
- Mosaic stepping stones
- Mural designs
- Heroes / Heroes of Faith
- Social Media
- World Wars
- Brainetics Math
- Civil Rights
- Mysteries in History
- Christianity in Movies
- Board Games
- Junk Box Wars
- Computer 101
- Service Projects
- Urban Gardening
All middle school students take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test every fall and spring. This nationally standardized test allows the school to assess student growth and our academic programs in math, reading, and language arts. The results of the MAP testing demonstrate our academic rigor and excellence at the middle school level.