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 — it’s a season of growth wherein students strengthen their foundations for learning and life.
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 and have fun daily.
I always emphasize the fun that we have here in middle school. It’s not that the other stuff isn’t going on or isn’t important. 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. Every Friday afternoon, they enjoy an Explore Course, which allows for the discovery of new interests, hobbies, and passions. A few favorites include:
- Synchronized swimming
- Study skills
- Countries and cultures
- World Wars
Clubs & Activities*
Athletic Teams – Middle school teams include soccer, basketball, cross country, track, golf, 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 tangible service projects.
Community Events – School movie nights, ice skating, pool/lake parties, and the eighth grade dance are much anticipated.
*Some activities may be modified or unavailable this year due to COVID-19.
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 Great Sand Dunes National Park
Students journey into southern Colorado with an outdoor education experience that emphasizes nature and science. Topics include geology, hydrology, dune types, ecosystems, animals, and plants. The group spends the first day hiking, learning about, and taking in the wondrous Garden of the Gods. The next day is packed with hiking and playing on the dunes, nature programs, and community building. On the final day, students experience the Manitou Cliff Dwellings.
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 part of their first week of school 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.
Mission Trip with Rehoboth
Eighth graders partner with students from Rehoboth Christian School and spend a week in service to others outside of Gallup, NM. They may help with clean-up projects, painting, or complete other jobs as needed in the community. Along with these seminal life lessons comes a lot of fun, site seeing, and class bonding as this class approaches the culmination of their middle school experience.
*During the COVID-19 pandemic, these trips will not occur. We look forward to resuming travel as soon as it is safe to do so!
Learn More About Middle School at Denver Christian School
If you’re looking for a Christ-centered middle school environment where your child will be known well and given opportunities to thrive, we’d love to tell you more about Denver Christian School!
Contact Our Admissions Team
Take the next step by emailing Carrie Johnson at cjohnson@DenverChristian.org or calling 303-763-7919.