If you’re looking for a middle school where your child will grow in a close-knit community, develop important life skills, and prepare for the rigors of high school, you’ve come to the right place. Denver Christian School believes middle school is much more than a transitional time to “get through” — it’s a season of growth wherein students strengthen their foundations for learning and life and THRIVE.
Our teachers and staff act as mentors to students, helping them navigate tough questions about the world and deepen their faith. While many parents and families have anxiety about these years, our middle schoolers enjoy a positive culture where they can feel safe, have fun daily and flourish.
I always emphasize the fun that we have here in middle school. Our teachers and curriculum are excellent. Students are challenged to keep track of their schedule, homework, and projects, and can layer on advanced levels of math, play in the band, and more. But middle school is such a hard, awkward, wonderful time in our lives so we also focus on giving our students the confidence to grow into themselves. And we do it with a lot of prayer, a lot of discussion about accepting each other for who we are,
and a lot of opportunities for fun!
Laying the Foundations for Academic Success in High School & Beyond
The middle school day begins at 8:20 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Students enjoy the increased independence and autonomy that comes with moving between classes on a seven-period bell schedule. Core subject areas include:
Mathematics: Multiple Math offerings are available in each grade level. Accelerated Math students may be eligible to take pre-algebra in sixth or seventh grade and Algebra in eighth grade.
Science: The middle school science program spans a wide range of life, earth, and physical science topics, culminating with physics in eighth grade.
English: Students focus on grammar, writing, reading, and public speaking. Eighth grade students may prepare speeches and compete in the National Junior Speech and Debate Association.
Social Studies: In sixth grade, students focus on ancient countries and cultures. In seventh grade, they study geography, and eighth grade focuses on American history.
Bible: Middle school students attend Bible class daily. We encourage our students to begin to make their faith their own, and to move beyond just knowing about God toward fully engaging in His kingdom and His story.
Developing Talents & Building Community Through Shared Interests
In addition to these core classes, students take a variety of enrichment and elective classes. All Middle School students enjoy our enrichment classes which include P.E., Art, Spanish and music (general music, band or choir). Our electives are classes that our students can choose. Elective classes we offer are Digital Scrapbooking, Piano Lab, Forensic Science, Design Thinking, Teacher Assistant and Bridge.
Clubs & Activities
Athletic Teams – Middle school teams include soccer, basketball, cross country, track, golf, flag football, baseball and volleyball.
Praise & Worship – A team of middle school students help with leading the praise music for our school’s weekly chapels.
Speech & Debate – Students strengthen the vital skill of public speaking, and eighth graders are invited to travel and compete in the National Junior Speech & Debate Association.
Drama & Music – Students interested in music and theatre can audition for a variety of dramatic performances throughout the year.
Service Projects – Middle school students serve the community and share their faith through regular service projects.
Community Events – School movie nights, ice skating, pool/lake parties, and the eighth grade dance are much anticipated events.
Expanding Horizons Through Travel, Teambuilding, and Service
In middle school, so much education happens outside our four walls. Traveling not only provides opportunities for hands-on learning, it helps students make real-world connections, deepening their understanding across many subject areas. All trips are planned and guided by teachers, with parent chaperones invited and encouraged to attend.
A few favorites include:
Hands-On Learning at Estes Park – YMCA of the Rockies
Students journey into the mountains with an outdoor education experience. The students spend their days hiking, swimming, doing crafts and enjoying all the camp has to offer while developing new friendships and strengthening old friendships. On the final day, students swim, paddle board and play at Chatfield Reservoir.
Retreat at IdRaHaJe
IdRaHaJe stands for “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” Located in Baily, CO, this is an exciting destination for our seventh grade students, who spend time at the beginning of the school year building relationships, setting intentions for the school year, and strengthening their faith. The bonds created during this week create a strong sense of community that lasts throughout the school year and beyond.
Trip to the Black Hills, SD
Eighth graders spend a week in the beautiful Black Hills, South Dakota. They spend their time site seeing, hiking, learning about different cultures, experiences and history. Students have an incredible opportunity to build community and bond as this class approaches the culmination of their middle school experience.