academics

Meet the Principal

middle school principal tyler amidon

“I always emphasize the fun that we have here in the middle school. It’s not that the other stuff isn’t going on or isn’t even more important. In fact, our teachers and curriculum are excellent. Students are changing classes by subject area; they are challenged to keep their schedule and track of 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 eachother for who we are, and a lot of opportunity for fun!”– Tyler Amidon, Middle School Principal

DENVER CHRISTIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle School Students learn the importance of character and friendship as well as academics and athletics

Middle School is the bridge between elementary and high school. Developmentally, early adolescence can be fraught with great change, anxiety, and uncertainty. Denver Christian counters these tendencies by building a real community which not only fosters personal responsibility and independence, but also nurtures life-long connections rooted in God’s grace and love.

CURRICULUM

Middle school students continue learning core academic skills, and in addition learn study skills and develop habits necessary for more serious academic work in high school. At the same time, we recognize the unique needs of rapidly growing middle school students by offering a rich variety of academic and practical life skills learning opportunities. It is the combination of all of these that comprise the school student core competencies that prepare our students for life after middle school. All subjects are taught from a Christian perspective and help students make ethical decisions.

The Middle School program is departmentalized, providing faculty who are teaching in their areas of expertise.

Science in Middle SchoolThe middle school science program spans a wide range of life, earth, and physical science topics, with the 8th grade culminating in Physics.

 

Science dissection in seventh grade middle school class

English in Middle SchoolIn English, students focus on grammar, writing, reading and public speaking. Our 8th grade students prepare speeches and compete in the National Junior Speech and Debate Association.

academics in middle schoolSocial Studies expose students to the world. 6th grade focuses on ancient countries and cultures, Geography is taught in 7th grade and 8th grade focuses on American History.

6th and 7th grade accelerated math students may be eligible to take Pre-Algebra, and then may take and receive high school credit for Algebra I the following year. This progression allows for the freedom of advanced college level math electives, such as Calculus, to be taken in high school.

Spanish in Middle SchoolSpanish language instruction is also introduced in middle school. Students attend Spanish class twice per week, and carries on through AP level Spanish in High School.

Student autonomy increases as they move between classes on a seven-period bell schedule.

DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE:

community service in middle school

Middle School students are given opportunities to serve the local Denver community and beyond. Fall leaf raking is a favorite service activity; before Christmas, 8th graders support Operation Christmas Child; and service opportunities are given as part of the Faith Family experience, too.

IDRAHAJE

seventh grade middle school students on retreat at IdRaHaJe in Bailey, CO7th graders spend part of their first week of school together on retreat at IdRaHaJe (I’d Rather Have Jesus) in Bailey, CO to encourage team building, while enriching their spiritual development.

REHOBOTH

8th graders load the buses each school year for their first taste of a mission experience outside of Gallup, NM. Together with Rehoboth Christian School, our students spend a week in service to others helping to clean up, put together, paint, and do whatever needs to be done 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.

At Denver Christian School, all trips are planned and guided by the teaching staff with parent chaperones always invited and encouraged to attend.

ATHLETICS

Middle school students compete in the following sports: Middle school students participate in sports such as track team

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Track
  • Volleyball (girls only)

MIDDLE SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Advanced classes in Algebra
  • Middle school students pray on the first dayChapel every Thursday
  • Choir and Band performances
  • Drama performances
  • Faith Families
  • Middle School 101
  • MS celebrations : pool & pizza, ice skating, movie night
  • Service projects
  • Spanish instruction (6th-8th)
  • Twice weekly physical education (PE)

 

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Explores

Middle school is a time to discover and explore God’s world. One way that this happens in our 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 their passions outside of the traditional curriculum.

Middle school explore classes include mountaineering

Here are just a few:

  • Crafts (quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, flipbooks, etc.)
  • French
  • Mountaineering
  • Fly-Fishing
  • Top Sport Films
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Study skills
  • Junk box wars
  • Fables & Collagraph printing
  • Deborah Butterfield
  • Papermaking
  • Vance Kirkland
  • 60’s Art
  • Ultimate Paper Airplanes
  • Animation
  • Countries and Cultures
  • Christmas around the World
  • Joseph Cornel boxes
  • iMovie
  • Marble racing
  • Mural designs
  • Heroes / Heroes of Faith
  • World Wars
  • Chess
  • Photography
  • Drama productions
  • Yearbook
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