Junior High Academics


Bible


Sixth Grade: This class uses Summit Ministries' "Building on the Rock." Students explore how to build their lives on the Rock through this curriculum, and may compare other worldviews to the Christian belief. Students also study the books of the Bible, knowing each book, and what major stories or themes are found in each.
 
Seventh Grade:  The 7th Grade Bible Curriculum consists of a Summit Ministries book titled "Lightbearers", the study of worldviews from a Biblical Christian perspective. We also study "How To Be Your Own Selfish Pig", by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.  In "Lightbearers", the students will be introduced to the many various worldviews such as Theism, Atheism, Pantheism, Naturalism, Transcendentalism, and others.  We study how Christian worldview fits into the broader facets of our lives through a study of topics in Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Law, Politics, and Economics.
 
Eighth Grade: “Understanding the Times” by David Nobel is the text that examines 10 topics such as Theology, Philosophy, History, Law and Ethics, from 4 worldviews:  Secular Humanism, Marxism, Cosmic Humanism, and Biblical Christianity. This amazing course includes Bible quizzing over memory verses which are cumulative through the year.
 
 
English-Language Arts


MCA Junior High students read both fiction and non-fiction literature throughout the year.  Each year, students read two novels as they study literature, and they learn to identify and use many literary devices. In order for students to learn to express their ideas effectively and to demonstrate their understanding clearly, writing is integrated into every part of the course. As students learn to write in different styles, they have opportunities to participate in several writing contests. Students study spelling, vocabulary, and grammar throughout the year for the purpose of improving reading skills and writing abilities. Students also share their work with the class in both written and spoken formats.  Over the course of the three years, students complete writing projects, poetry notebooks, posters, research papers, essays, short stories, and speeches.
 
Social Studies

 

Sixth Grade: Students learn about the history, culture, and geography of Europe and the Americans. We cover a variety of interesting topics, including Ancient Greece and Rome, ancient Egypt, ancient Mayan culture, and other ancient world cultures.

Seventh Grade: Students learn about world history from the Middle Ages to modern times. We focus on the geography, topography, culture, and resources of areas such as the continent of Africa; South, Southwest, and Central Asia; Southeast Asia,  Australia and New Zealand.

Eighth Grade: Students learn about early American history from the time of the explorers to the late 1800s. We will cover the Colonial Period, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and westward expansion. Students also have the opportunity to study our Constitution in-depth and learn the basics of how American government works.

 
Mathematics
 
Students will expand and gain confidence in their knowledge of familiar mathematical concepts, and also learn about the following topics:
 
Sixth Grade General Math: Students will become more proficient in their foundations of math, and continue to develop in number sense and computation.  This will lead to developing skills and an understanding in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and probability.  The course consists of lessons, quizzes, chapter tests and a semester final exam.  
 
Fundamentals in Math: Students work to strengthen their foundations of math while bridging any gaps of math and it's systems.  Students work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, number theory, and equations, pushing them past memorization and understanding how and why these concepts work. Students are given an extensive unit on the principles of geometry, laying the groundwork for pre-algebra for High School.  Students are pushed to use new concepts such as statistics or percents, in solving real-world problems.  This course consists of  lessons, quizzes, chapter tests, and a semester final exam.  
 
Pre-Algebra:  This course lays the foundation for all upper-level mathematics, and forms a connection between concrete and abstract mathematics.  Algebraic expressions and linear equations are practiced using integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and radicals.  Students become familiar with algebra terminology, reasoning, data analysis, and probability. Students are given an extensive unit on geometry, and develop skill and proficiency in determining area, volume, transformations, solving proportions between similar figures, as well as being introduced to the Pythagorean Theorem.  Problem solving and utilizing mathematical concepts are featured in each chapter to solve real-world problems. This course consists of  lessons, quizzes, chapter tests, and a semester final exam.  
 
Algebra I: This course focuses on combining algebraic concepts with technology and real-world scenarios to grow and develop student comprehension.  Algebra I students will examine simplifying and solving linear, exponential, radical, quadratic, and rational functions. Throughout the year, students will review previously learned concepts and apply those mastered skills to new concepts to deepen their comprehension as a foundation for upper-level mathematics. Students will be introduced to real-number properties, solving equations, graphing equations, writing equations, solving inequalities, graphing inequalities, linear systems, exponential functions, solving quadratic equations, simplifying radicals, factoring quadratics, algebraic ratios/proportions, rational expressions, and solving radical equations. This course consists of lessons, quizzes, chapter tests, and a semester final exam.


Science

 

Sixth Grade: Student study earth and space science, including the sun, moon, stars, comets, and meteors.  They also study energy, solids, liquids and gases, as well as atoms and molecules. We conclude by exploring all the animal kingdoms and phyla.

Seventh Grade: Students study cells, cell structure, functions, and division, plus DNA.  They also study some earth science topics such as tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanoes, rocks and fossils.  We conclude by looking at motion, and mechanics and energy.
 
Eighth Grade: Students study chemistry, the periodic table, atoms, compounds and mixtures, chemical equations, and acids. They also study the science of DNA and genetics, mutations, and adaptation and extinction of species.  We conclude by learning about Indiana weather, oceans, the atmosphere, and the environment.