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Middle School Curriculum

Middle School Curriculum Overview

Consistent with SouthLakes' philosophy of "Educating the Mind, Body and Soul", the Middle School program is designed to meet the unique needs of the adolescent - academically, spiritually and physically. Students learn to be independent in thought, ask questions, explore creative ideas and develop leadership abilities - all within a supportive and Christian environment.

Our goal is to instill a spirit of determination and self-worth that will serve them well as they continue on their life journey toward high school and beyond. Class sizes are small ensuring personal attention. Outside the classroom students can further develop self-confidence and interpersonal skills through sports, clubs and community service opportunities

We not only stress academic achievement, but emphasize core values through our Honor Code, advisory programs and Biblical teachings.

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Language Arts: 6

The course content includes reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar. The goal is to prepare students to be independent, self-motivated, critical thinkers who are trained to read, write and respond to various selections of literature and texts. Writing of a research paper is explained in depth and each student is expected to write one during the second semester.

Science: 6

This is a hands-on study of the foundations of life science, life processes of a variety of organisms, reproduction, ecology study and introduction of the human body.

Introduction to Latin: 6

Introduction to Latin: Students are provided with a comprehensive understanding of Greek/Roman myths, gods and goddesses. One hundred Latin and Greek root words are also studied to extend English vocabulary.

History: 6

This study of the cultures, geography and history of people from ancient times through the modern world includes exploration and analysis of governments, economics and cultural traditions of major civilizations.

Mathematics: 6

The course focuses on making the transition between elementary mathematics and pre-algebra. The variable is introduced along with some basic geometry exercises.

Bible: 6

Students are taught to do an inductive small group method of studying the Gospel of Mark. An additional goal of the course is to memorize selected Scriptures using the Topical Memory System.

Computer Science: 6

Topics of study include the computer keyboard, the keys and the basics of word processing in the software program Microsoft Word.

Physical Education: 6

Physical Education is designed to promote the goal of lifetime health and overall fitness through physical activity. Three components of this goal are CPR training, sports injury and rehabilitation instruction, as well as character development through team sports.

Fine Arts: 6

Music (theory, choral, and strings) and art classes for 6th grade students highlight the visual and performing arts as well art history and music appreciation.

7th Grade: Composition

The direct link between grammar and writing is explored. Grammar skills are reinforced and new grammatical concepts are introduced while vocabulary is systematically developed. Expository, persuasive, narrative and descriptive writings in a range of fields are covered.

7th Grade: Literature

Non-fiction, myths, folk tales, poetry, short stories and selected novels are analyzed as to various literary elements.

7th Grade: Earth Science

This course surveys and introduces the major areas of earth science; astronomy, meteorology, geology and oceanography. Lectures and a hands-on approach to laboratory are included.

7th Grade: Latin

This study is designed to extend students' English vocabulary as Latin vocabulary is acquired.

7th Grade: American History

American History includes study of the birth and growth of our country from inception as a nation, development of a people and government, progress in industry and technology, eras of crises and transition in political practices from origin to present day.

7th Grade: Pre-Algebra

This course covers all topics normally taught in pre-algebra as well as additional topics from geometry and discrete mathematics. Upon completion, the student moves into Algebra I.

7th Grade: Advanced Math 7

Proportional thinking is emphasized through multiple applications and figures and measures. The interrelationships of parts of a whole and pre-algebraic topics are reinforced in the course. Geometry is also integrated throughout the curriculum.

7th Grade: Bible

This is the beginning of a two-year overview course of the Scriptures. The purpose is to portray a basic history of the Bible and to trace the progress of the theme of redemption through the Scriptures.

7th Grade: Computer Science

Computer studies in grade 7 continue to cover the computer keyboard and the keys as well as to concentrate on word processing and document development in the software programs Microsoft Word and Publisher.

7th Grade: Physical Education

Physical Education is designed to promote the goal of lifetime health and overall fitness through physical activity. Three components of this goal are CPR training, sports injury and rehabilitation instruction, as well as character development through team sports.

7th Grade: Fine Arts

Music and art classes for middle school students highlight the visual and performing arts as well art history, music appreciation, and a strings program.

8th Grade: Literature

Utilizing an anthology collection of classic literary works as well as selected novels. The goal is to teach students to analyze and critically evaluate a selection.

8th Grade: Composition

The goal of the course is mastery in written communication. Review of grammatical skills as well as introduction to new grammatical concepts enhance student's ability to compose. A vocabulary text broadens the students' knowledge of using words with precision and power. In addition, a research paper is required for eighth-graders.

8th Grade: Life/Physical Science

Course material includes an introduction to the basic concepts of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as the scientific method and metric system.

8th Grade: Latin & Greek

This study is designed to extend students' English vocabulary as Latin/Greek vocabulary is acquired.

8th Grade: World Geography

This is a survey of the earth and its resources. The five standards of geography are applied to each of the eight culture regions of the world. These standards include: location, place, human-environmental interaction, movement and regions.

8th Grade: Pre-Algebra

This course covers all topics normally taught in pre-algebra as well as additional topics from geometry and discrete mathematics. Upon completion, the student moves into Algebra I for the ninth grade.

8th Grade: Algebra I

A high school credited math course which develops the student's ability to think in abstract terms. Advanced topics of study include variables, polynomials, relations, functions and algebraic expressions. Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra and Math Department placement. Upon completion, the student will be able to move into Geometry in the ninth grade.

8th Grade: Bible

The second part of a two-year Old Testament study. The course continues to develop the student's ability to access Bible study tools and provides for the understanding of the history of Israel, the history of Redemption, and the covenants of God with man.

8th Grade: Computer Science

Topics of study include the computer keyboard, the keys, word processing and document development in the software programs Microsoft Word and Publisher. Spreadsheet and database development are also introduced.

8th Grade: Physical Education

Physical Education is designed to promote the goal of lifetime health and overall fitness through physical activity. Three components of this goal are CPR training, sports injury and rehabilitation instruction, as well as character development through team sports.

8th Grade: Fine Arts

Music and art classes for middle school students highlight the visual and performing arts as well art history, music appreciation and strings programs.

"...We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." II Corinthians 10:5

"The Mission of SouthLake Christian Academy is twofold. The first is to assist the Christian family by providing an education marked by a biblical worldview, academic excellence and affordability so that students are equipped to be salt and light for God's glory. The second is evangelical in scope, to present God's Word and biblical worldview daily to non-believers with the promise of God's redemptive plan, to be a force and voice for Jesus Christ that will resonate throughout non-believing families."