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Middle School Curriculum

Middle school students are in an exciting time of transition between their elementary years of childhood and high school years.

Overview

To make the most of this time, we continue to offer a strong academic program from a Christ-centered perspective. It is our goal for middle school to be a time for students to thrive in a nurturing community of teachers who care deeply for the individual success of each child.

Middle school students are encouraged to explore their God-given talents and interests through a variety of enrichment activities while learning how to glorify Him as they grow and develop. Our curriculum includes math, language arts and writing skills, social studies, science, and Bible. It is supplemented by elective opportunities in foreign language, fine arts, study skills, physical education, health, and computer science.

Sixth through Eighth Grades

Middle School at WCCS is designed to treat child as a unique, valuable creation of God while preparing him or her with the academic foundation needed for high school. Please select a grade below for detailed curriculum information or click here to download our Middle School Curriculum in PDF format.

Sixth Grade

Language Arts: Students strengthen their communication skills by studying and writing within a variety of structures and modalities, including both larger papers and smaller writing assignments for the following types of writing: persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and expository. Students also develop their computer literacy, keyboarding skills, and research skills. All writing focuses on reinforcing the conventional standards of grammar and punctuation, with particular emphasis on editing and revision skills. In addition, students in all grades develop 21st century literacies through quarterly projects. In literature, students work to develop reading stamina, comprehension skills, and an understanding of literary elements while examining a variety of literary forms such as novels, poetry, plays, essays, and articles. Particular emphasis is placed upon developing critical thinking and analysis skills to understand both the explicit and implicit meanings of texts. Students are also exposed to a broad range of new vocabulary, learning to infer meaning from both context and word study.

Mathematics: Students engage in problem solving situations that require application of skills to learned concepts. Students learn calculator skills and work with rational number operations, number patterns, exponents, ratios, proportions and percentages as well as area, volume, and probability.

Social Studies: Ancient World History

Science: Earth Science

Bible: Students delve deeply into the Wisdom Literature of the Bible, extracting biblical truths to guide them through the challenges of growing up and navigating middle school life and beyond.

Physical Education: Students learn both team and individual sports – the history, rules, skills, and strategies. Students also learn about personal fitness and complete standard fitness testing. An emphasis is put on developing a healthy and active lifestyle.

Middle School Advisory: Students are grouped by gender and are multi-grade. Here, they are encouraged in planning and organization, navigating social and emotional needs and relationships, discussing current events and social issues through a biblical lens, and team building activities.

6th Grade Electives: Keyboarding/Computer, MS Band, MS Chorus

Seventh Grade

Language Arts: Students strengthen their communication skills by studying and writing within a variety of structures and modalities, including both larger papers and smaller writing assignments for the following types of writing: persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and expository. Students also develop their computer literacy, keyboarding skills, and research skills. All writing focuses on reinforcing the conventional standards of grammar and punctuation, with particular emphasis on editing and revision skills. In addition, students in all grades develop 21st century literacies through quarterly projects. In literature, students work to develop reading stamina, comprehension skills, and an understanding of literary elements while examining a variety of literary forms such as novels, poetry, plays, essays, and articles. Particular emphasis is placed upon developing critical thinking and analysis skills to understand both the explicit and implicit meanings of texts. Students are also exposed to a broad range of new vocabulary, learning to infer meaning from both context and word study.

Mathematics 7: Students gain a deeper and more thorough understanding of the material presented in 6th grade, such as work with rational number operations, number patterns, exponents, ratios, proportions and percentages as well as area, volume, and probability. The course also introduces some algebraic thinking to prepare them for higher level math.

Mathematics – Pre-Algebra: Students gain a deeper and more thorough understanding of the material presented in 6th grade, such as work with rational number operations, number patterns, exponents, ratios, proportions and percentages as well as area, volume, and probability. The course also introduces some algebraic thinking to prepare them for higher level math.

Social Studies: Regions of the World – Asia, Africa & Latin America

Science: Life Science – Cells, heredity, DNA, creation vs. evolution, bacteria, protists and fungi, animals, and dissection

Bible: New Testament Survey – Students complete a survey of the New Testament, focusing on the Gospels, the birth of the Church, and Paul’s Epistles. Particular attention is given to the daily application and impact of the Gospel on students’ lives.

Physical Education: Students learn both team and individual sports – the history, rules, skills, and strategies. Students also learn about personal fitness and complete standard fitness testing. An emphasis is put on developing a healthy and active lifestyle.

Middle School Advisory: Students are grouped by gender and are multi-grade. Here, they are encouraged in planning and organization, navigating social and emotional needs and relationships, discussing current events and social issues through a biblical lens, and team building activities.

7th Grade Electives: MS Band, MS Chorus, MS Art, MS Theatre/Drama, SAME Lab (Science and Math Exploration), MS Life Skills, MS Personal Health & Fitness

Eighth Grade

Language Arts: Students strengthen their communication skills by studying and writing within a variety of structures and modalities, including both larger papers and smaller writing assignments for the following types of writing: persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and expository. Students also develop their computer literacy, keyboarding skills, and research skills. All writing focuses on reinforcing the conventional standards of grammar and punctuation, with particular emphasis on editing and revision skills. In addition, students in all grades develop 21st century literacies through quarterly projects. In literature, students work to develop reading stamina, comprehension skills, and an understanding of literary elements while examining a variety of literary forms such as novels, poetry, plays, essays, and articles. Particular emphasis is placed upon developing critical thinking and analysis skills to understand both the explicit and implicit meanings of texts. Students are also exposed to a broad range of new vocabulary, learning to infer meaning from both context and word study.

Mathematics – Pre-Algebra: Students gain deeper understanding of foundational concepts and work on algebraic concepts including equations with rational numbers, working with polynomials, and functions.

Mathematics – Algebra: Honors students take Algebra I. Topics include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs, and equations. In addition, students will explore operations on algabraic expressions and apply mathematical properties to algabraic equations. Students will solve problems using equations, graphs, and tables to investigate linear relationships. Technology will be used to introduce and expand upon the areas of study listed above.

Social Studies: South Carolina History

Science: Physical Science – Students develop their understanding of matter and energy using principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Labs or investigations provide students with hands-on learning experiences, emphasizing practical applications of the material. The Scientific Method is consistently integrated throughout the many topics of study, some of which include states of matter, atoms, the periodic table, elements, mixtures, compounds, chemical reactions, acids and bases, light and electromagnetic spectrum, energy, heat, types of waves, Newton’s laws, momentum, and simple machines.

Bible: Old Testament Survey – Students complete a survey of the Old Testament which emphasizes God’s creation, man’s responsibility to God, and the message of God’s promised salvation. Students are challenged to make a personal application of biblical truth.

Middle School Advisory: Students are grouped by gender and are multi-grade. Here, they are encouraged in planning and organization, navigating social and emotional needs and relationships, discussing current events and social issues through a biblical lens, and team building activities.

Physical Education: Students learn both team and individual sports – the history, rules, skills, and strategies. Students also learn about personal fitness and complete standard fitness testing. An emphasis is put on developing a healthy and active lifestyle.

8th Grade Electives: MS Art, MS Theatre/Drama, SAME Lab (Science and Math Exploration), MS Life Skills, MS Personal Health & Fitness

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