Middle School Course Book
6th Grade Curriculum: The 6th grade classes are held in self-contained classroom settings with two primary teachers throughout the day, allowing for a smooth transition into middle school. In addition to their primary teachers, students change classes for PE, Art, Music, Computers, Spanish, and library time. Click here to learn more about our 6th grade year!
Bible 7 Old Testament Survey: To help the stories of God's love and goodness come alive in the hearts of our students, we culminate the year with a project in which students take one of the stories studied throughout the year and put it into video with a group of friends. Students have a blast acting out the stories and filming the project. We call these "create a memory" moments.
Bible 8 New Testament Survey: In this New Testament Survey course, students will actively study the final twenty-seven books of the Bible. The course will help them dig into the New Testament, discovering things they have never noticed before. Students will learn to ask effective questions and research answers. As we build a greater understanding of the Gospels, history, epistles, and apocalyptic writings, students will better grasp the application of God’s truth to their own lives. We culminate the year end with a project where students take one of the stories studied throughout the year and put it into video with a group of friends.
Math 7: The seventh grade year of math includes algebraic reasoning, integers and rational numbers, proportional relationships and percents, geometry, measurements and probability. We discuss how God's attributes are evident in math, learn about stewardship, and create a budget.
Math 8: Eighth grade Math is a more in-depth study of pre-algebra and the foundations of geometry, along with probability, proportions and percents. Students are also involved in taking notes, individual and group work, and at least one project. We discuss how God's attributes are evident in math, learn about stewardship, and create a budget.
Because we believe that math was created by God and that we use math to describe and measure what God has made, we expect to find evidence of God’s character throughout math. In both 7th and 8th grade, we will discuss how math can show that God is infinite, dependable, unchanging, orderly, and sovereign.
English 7: This is the first course in the middle school English curriculum and required for all students. The course consists of literature and reading, language, composition, vocabulary, and research skills. The text for this course is Elements of Literature: First Course. 7th grade covers a variety of units ranging from Greek mythology, to writing, to reading Tom Sawyer. The course is designed to impress upon students the importance of excellent language skills in his/her life. In addition, we help students develop an appreciation for the beauties and intricacies of the language that God has given us, and to use that language for His purposes.
English 8: The 8th grade English curriculum offers students the opportunity to work in cooperative learning groups or work individually with the teacher. It is required for all students. The course consists of literature, language, composition, vocabulary, writing traits, novel studies, grammar, poetry, and research skills. The text for this course is Elements of Literature: Second Course. The course is designed to impress upon students the importance of excellent standard English language skills in his/her life, as well as to gain an appreciation for the beauties and intricacies of the language that God has given us, and to use language for His purpose.
Social Studies 7 World Geography: The goal of this course is to provide an overview in geographic concepts from a Biblical viewpoint, including the formation of earth’s features, the flood, forces shaping the earth, population studies, and patterns of government. The second segment of the course is designed as a survey of the major continents and countries of the world. As we consider the world, various ways man has used earth’s resources and the patterns of living that have developed in the world, we hope students will begin to have a vision for using their gifts for reaching our world for Jesus Christ. Geography class provides students an opportunity to interact with and display their knowledge in a variety of different ways. Students paint flags on ceiling tiles, participate in country research projects, and experience field trips to places such as Frederick Meijer Gardens. Each week we pray for a different country around the world.
Social Studies 8 U.S. History/Social Studies: This course could also be entitled, “The Story of America’s Christian Liberty,” because we will attempt to trace the guiding hand of God on our nation from its origin in Europe up to the Civil War. Students will consider important events in America’s past, such as the founding of America, Puritans, the Revolutionary War, the first seven Presidents, and the growing division between the North and South as it leads to the eventual Civil War. In late April, our students will visit Washington D.C. as a conclusion to their middle school experience at NorthPointe Christian Schools.
Science 7 Life Science / Biology: At the beginning of the year the class will go over life processes and cell, followed by a brief overview of the five kingdoms of living things. The second semester will be a study of Kingdom Animalia, which includes a few body systems (skin, bones, muscles, heart, and blood). In this class, students see God's creation up-close through microscope and dissection labs. The year's highlight is our science trip to Chicago to visit the Museum of Science & Industry and the Shedd Aquarium, seeing God's hand in human inventions and God's beauty in His underwater world.
Science 8 Earth & Physical Science: The class begins the year with chemistry to gain a basic understanding on rocks and minerals. Geology will continue for the first semester. Second semester will complete geology with a study of earthquakes and volcanoes. There will then be a unit on creation and evolution followed by some meteorology. The second semester ends with a review of astronomy and other physical science topics. Students enjoy experiencing labs and demonstrations, particularly making gel from glue and doing an air pressure lab. One of the favorite projects is making edible volcanoes. Students learn God's design in His creation and to make things themselves as God's image bearer.
Physical Education 7 & 8: The class is involved in a variety of activities that allow students an opportunity to learn about different sports and acquire basic skills. The purpose of this program is not only to learn proper care and management of the body as “the temple of the Holy Spirit”, but to also display, learn, and apply biblical principles such as patience, endurance, self-control, unity, love, and other positive character qualities. We will aim to fully appreciate and enjoy each activity through knowledge of the rules, techniques, basic skills and strategies associated with physical education activities.