Welcome to Middle School at CCS
The Middle School at CCS is a loving and academically rigorous environment.
Students are challenged to excel and grow academically, physically, spiritually and socially. They serve in their communities and one another. We partner with parents to provide a stimulating, inspiring education in which students feel safe to fail and strong enough to succeed. In the Middle School, we do all things to the glory of God. Studying math, science, history, English – indeed all subjects – reflect the glory of God and moves our hearts to see the power, compassion and love of a loving Father.
Please click on the "Middle School Overview" link below for a full description of our curriculum.
Check out our links to the right for information about our curriculum, view pictures of our diverse programs, and find information about summer reading and math.
Join us as we journey with God to learn, to grow and to serve. Go Catamounts!
Textbook notice: Families are required to purchase textbooks for middle school students from the vendor of their choice. Books for lower school students are supplied by the school.
Introduction to Pre-Algebra is designed to introduce abstract concepts to students to prepare them for Pre-Algebra. The main topics covered are an introduction to equations, expressions and equations with variables, and coordinate graphing. In addition, fundamental mathematical concepts are revisited and intensified with a broader focus on application. By the end of Introduction to Pre-Algebra, the student will be able to move confidently into Pre-Algebra and beyond. Through the exploration of basic mathematics and the introduction of algebraic concepts, the student will be able to see God’s hand in and around us. Through the exploration of mathematical and algebraic concepts the student can explore his/her environment and see the undeniable handiwork of God.
This course follows Introduction to Pre-Algebra. The main topics covered are: integers and absolute values; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers; graphing in four quadrants; and translations and reflections on the coordinate plane. The course also covers the concepts of operations with rational numbers, multi-step expressions, equations and inequalities, ratio, proportion, similar figures, linear functions and graphing. Through the exploration of fundamental algebraic concepts, the student will be able to see God’s hand in and around us. The exploration of mathematical and algebraic applications allows the student to explore his/her environment and see the undeniable handiwork of God. At the end of this course, students can confidently apply the concepts learned in the next math course, Algebra I.
Algebra is the first fully abstract math course taught in middle school. The main topics covered are solving equations, explorations with variables, coordinate graphing, rational numbers, factoring, and quadratic functions. Through the exploration of fundamental algebraic concepts, the student will be able to see God’s hand in and around us. The exploration of mathematical and algebraic applications allows the student to explore his/her environment and see the undeniable handiwork of God. By the end of Algebra I, with a thorough understanding and ownership of the concepts taught, the student will be able to move into Geometry or Algebra 2 and beyond.
This class is an exploration of our environment and the two- and three-dimensional figures that are naturally occurring. We can see God’s handiwork in all creation by studying and examining geometry in our environment. As students become proficient in proving mathematical scenarios, they will also learn to find practical and spiritual value in responding logically and reasonably to whatever circumstances in which God places them. Algebra and its applications are embedded throughout the program; therefore, successful completion of Algebra 1 is a must. The course includes properties of geometric figures, trigonometric relationships, reasoning, proofs and inductive/deductive reasoning. The program’s emphasis on geometry vocabulary, reading and writing in mathematics, and standardized test practice will contribute to building students’ confidence.
The sixth-grade science class is a balance of life and physical science that prepares students for further study in these areas. The textbook is an overview of ecology, classification of life, cells, natural and man-made resources, chemistry, physics, the solar system, rocks, minerals, water, and energy. The theory of evolution will be addressed while explaining to the students that it is not science but a belief system. The students will learn what some of the arguments are and why they do not stand the test of true science the way the scientific community defines it. The students will work in the metric system and when applicable, apply math skills. Special emphasis is placed on the research process including the generation and testing of ideas, prediction, measurement, data collection and representation, evaluation of sources of information, interpretation and communication of findings. This is supported by the students’ involvement in individual science projects culminating in participation in a science fair. The multi-day science camp trip supports the curriculum with hands-on and experiential learning while covering many of the SOL’s.
The theory of evolution will be addressed while explaining to the students that it is not science but a belief system. The students will learn what some of the arguments are and why they do not stand the test of true science the way the scientific community defines it.
Spanish 6 – Beginning Spanish 1
Students will begin to develop the use of simple Spanish vocabulary and expand their understanding of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. They will learn the basic skills of speaking, writing, reading, and listening in Spanish through fun activities like music, games, and hands-on activities. By the end of this year of study, the student will have completed the first half of Spanish 1.
Spanish 7 – Completion of Spanish 1
Students will begin to develop their communicative competence in Spanish and expand their understanding of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. They will learn to read, to talk, to write, and to listen in Spanish. Students will be able to learn the new language through integration of technology and through the use of authentic materials to learn about the culture. By the end of this year of study, following Spanish 6 at CCS, the student will have completed Spanish 1 and be eligible for 1 full high school credit in foreign language.
Spanish 8 – Spanish 2
Students will continue to develop their communicative competence in Spanish by interacting orally and in writing. They will make oral and written presentations. They will read material on familiar topics and write short, directed compositions. Emphasis will be made on communicating orally about their daily activities and immediate world. At the completion of this year of student, the student is eligible for a second full high school credit in foreign language.
Middle School Worship Team
A complete course of instruction is offered in Computer Science and Technology for middle school. The instruction emphasizes critical thinking and the use of computers as tools for creative writing, data gathering, analysis, storage, retrieval, organization and presentation. Continued instruction on keyboarding from previous grades and building on students understanding of the computer interface as a mimic of the business environment increase confidence in our computer saturated society. The introduction of professional-level integrated office tools (word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet) and continual emphasis on picking the right tool for the right job equip students for their futures. Skills are integrated with other core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies/History, Languages) through the application of software to produce assignments for those subjects. Coding is also taught enabling students to expand their critical thinking skills.