6th - 8th Grade
The middle school program at CCA is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Junior High students and to prepare them for success in high school. Alongside the rigorous academic program, teachers emphasize the importance of study skills and critical-thinking.
In addition to the core curriculum, computer, art, and physical education classes, activities such as chapel, community service projects, choir, drama, band, sports, and socials provide students with many opportunities to reach their personal best.
Crossroads focuses on the 3Rs - “Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships” to challenge each student to use his/her God-given gifts and abilities to serve Christ. Through a variety of team-building experiences, the students cultivate a strong, thriving community.
The following subjects are studied by students at CCA in grades 6th - 8th:
In 6th grade Bible, we lay the groundwork for understanding the Bible. We go beyond the basics by learning about what the Bible is and where it came from. In addition, we seek to understand who God is from his word. Understanding God’s word and knowing God are the basic foundation to everything else we do in Bible class. In doing so, we seek to see how the Bible is God’s truth that transforms every part of our lives.
· Doctrine of Scripture
· Doctrine of God
· Doctrine of the Trinity
· Doctrine of Christ
In 7th grade Bible, we learn how the Bible is one united story that unfolds to reveal Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation. We first equip the students with tool to observe, interpret, and apply God’s word so that they are able to read and understand the Bible themselves. The rest of the year is spent surveying the Old Testament, during which we trace themes that point forward to the coming of Christ.
· Observation, interpretation and application of Scripture
· Creation, Fall and Promise in Genesis 1-3
· Noah and Abraham
· Moses and Israel
· David, Prophets, and Exile
In 8th grade Bible, we finish the survey of the Bible with an overview of the New Testament. We also prepare the students for life beyond CCA by teaching about their identity in Christ and what it means to be “in” Christ. In addition, we focus on a biblical worldview and contrast it to other worldviews so that the students are well equipped to live biblically while engaging with the world around them.
· New Testament survey
· Identity and union with Christ
· Biblical worldview
· Non-biblical worldviews
At its foundational level, mathematics is about problem solving. In the Middle School math program, students learn the tools they need to solve various types of problems from Course 1 to Algebra I. In a Christian school environment, we recognize that by studying math, we can understand God’s creation more deeply. We develop our God-given minds by growing our critical thinking skills and training our minds to think in an orderly, clear way. We hone our skills to solve problems through a logical, step by step process.
Some highlights of our program:
We cover essential math skills – the building blocks of a good foundation to prepare for higher levels of mathematics in high school and beyond
Applying math skills to real life situations (e.g. personal finance, engineering, etc.)
A personalized approach for all students at every level, and each step in between
We recognize our need to develop the minds God has given each one of us to the best of our ability
As we live in a stunning world filled with wonders created by God, young students inherently hold a natural, God-given inquisitiveness and curiosity about the world and its workings. The Junior High Science curriculum seeks to capitalize on this curiosity by engaging students in the investigation, observation, and research about the natural phenomena in the world around them. Every curriculum within each respective field integrates a biblical stance while upholding the National Science Education Standards to ensure students learn comprehensive knowledge studying God’s creation. Whether it be fueling our scientific inquiry through activity-based labs or utilizing a hands-on approach through modern technology, the sciences uncover the answers to Earth’s mysteries all within the biblical worldview.
Overview of the progression in the sciences:
6th Grade [Earth Science]:
The study of the physical earth branched into geology, oceanography, astronomy, meteorology, and environmental science.
7th Grade [Life Science]:
The study of the intricacies of living organisms in our universe including genetic research, ecology, modern medical research, microbiology, and biochemistry.
8th Grade [Physical Science]:
The study of nonliving things that make up the world divided into the chemistry of the basis of creation and the physics of matter, energy, motion, and forces.
The Middle School Social Studies curriculum focuses on creating a deeper understanding of how and why history has influenced future generations. We delve into historical leaders, dates, places, events, and decisions; the students analyze, synthesize, and evaluate this information in order to create relevant connections. Activities like discussions, oral presentations, written work and debates help create a new understanding of how each of our lives has been influenced by the past. In every aspect of history, God’s truths are evident, and the students develop a recognition that our world’s historical account is associated with whether people follow God’s plan or deny it.
· 6th grade: Exploring ancient world cultures in detail up to the early 1900s
· 7th grade: Exploring America in detail from the first Americans up to the mid 1800s
· 8th grade: Exploring America in detail from the mid 1800s up to the early 1900s
English Language Arts
The Junior High English Language Arts curriculum focuses on analyzing, interpreting, and communicating ideas within and outside of literature; music and visual arts are incorporated to provide students with examples of how differently ideas can be communicated. While it is important to understand literary elements and devices, it is equally important to understand how literature shapes, reflects, and challenges a culture’s values and beliefs. Since today’s values and beliefs are shifting like sand, we use the Bible as the rock upon which we shape our own views.
Various topics/lessons taught throughout the year:
Vocabulary – prefixes, suffixes, roots, derivatives
Grammar – sentence structures, parts of speech, spelling, punctuation, capitalization
Writing – narrative, expository, descriptive, persuasive
Reading – fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (classic and modern) – What’s the big main idea?
Our computer curriculum is created using ISTE standards. Students begin each year by learning to be engaged in safe, positive and God-pleasing behavior as they explore technology. Students are encouraged to set goals for themselves to increase proficiency, troubleshoot independently, work together to solve problems and find solutions. Students learn to think in logical sequence, use multiple skill sets to prepare them for high school, and respect the equipment, their peers and the teacher. Typical subjects include proper typing, use of Word or Google Docs and Sheets, and coding.
Athletics plays a major role in our culture today. At times sports is too greatly emphasized and given priority in cases where it should not. And others it is treated as an afterthought and a major piece of a child’s person is ignored and potential joy is missed. In CCA’s Athletic programs we focus on
· A safe, positive, enjoyable environment where children do not feel they have to be in a particular skill set to participate in any activity.
· A place where physical activity is made fun to where children fall in love with being active and hopefully learn to enjoy staying in motion their entire lives.
· A time for children to get to know their classmates better and work on important social skills that other wise may not have the opportunity to blossom in a classroom setting. Competitiveness, being a good winner, good looser etc.
· We believe strongly that showing the love of Jesus is not done just through our words but by our actions and how we lead our lives. This is something we take seriously and in physical education we have a great opportunity to give a godly example through the opportunities that physical education provides in real life application.
At CCA we offer a health class for all of our middle school students every Wednesday. We cover a wide variety of topics all taught from a Biblically sound Christian world view.
· Physical health- Nutrition, Illness awareness, Anatomy, General care of one’s body.
· Mental Health- Understanding one’s own mental health and the mental health of others, Mental Illnesses, Dealing with social environments and preparation for high school.