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Middle School (6th through 8th grades)
Middle school at Ann Arbor Christian is about expanding horizons and developing independence as a learner. Students are challenged to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to be active, thoughtful, responsible, and intelligent seekers of truth.
To prepare students for high school’s demands, a team of teachers challenges students to:
- take risks
- think critically and use discernment
- understand and apply their personal, spiritual, and academic talents
- deepen their relationship with Christ, and
- make service a priority
In addition, middle school focuses on developing Christian leadership in our students, including mentoring younger students in their Chapel Family and challenging students to know what they believe and why.
To help students develop responsibility and independence, students are placed in Advisory groups. These small, multi-grade groups of middle schoolers meet with their advisor every day for 20 minutes to focus on teacher/student academic planning, social-emotional learning, and community building. In addition to these group activities, one on one check-ins occur regularly to support each student’s academic, social, emotional and spiritual growth. Team building activities are also planned to develop community and connection.
In each subject area, our teachers strive to meet our school’s School-Wide Learner Goals. One of these goals is “Engaged Learners.” With a philosophy centered on engaging learners actively, students engage deeply with content, collaborate with their classmates, build connections, and develop a Christian worldview in a nurturing classroom and school community.
Middle schoolers are introduced to a wide variety of literature, including oral traditions, poetry, informational texts, short stories, and historical fiction. Additionally, students are challenged to read independently from a variety of genres to develop the habit of life-long reading. Key grammar concepts are formally taught in order to help students become more effective communicators. Varied writing assignments provide opportunities to strengthen skills and apply these to specific tasks and audiences. As students explore authors’ crafts through the literature selections, they have the opportunity to develop their own unique voice and style in writing.
We offer two math pathways to best meet student needs, a standard and accelerated path. Both pathways ensure high quality instruction and focus on student mastery of key content in preparation for success at the high school level. Students are expected to become adept at using symbolic operations to prepare them for higher levels of analytical and mathematical thinking. Students will end their 8th grade year with a course in the foundations of Algebra, while students in the accelerated course end the year with the completion of Algebra 1 and can take Geometry in ninth grade.
In sixth grade and seventh grade, students alternate between Life Science and Earth Science. Life Science units include plants, animals, the human body, and ecology. Earth Science units include landforms, waterways, astronomy, and the atmosphere. In eighth grade, students study Physical Science, focusing on matter, energy, electricity, and magnetism.
All middle school students are welcome to participate in the annual Science Fair. Seventh graders are required to choose a topic to investigate and share their findings in the annual Science Fair. Through this, they learn to complete their own scientific investigation in an area of independent interest and receive instruction and support for this endeavor.
In sixth grade, the students focus on World Geography and Ancient Civilizations. Seventh graders focus on European History (Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Reformation). They study economic principles, geography, and how the Christian world was established in western Europe. Eighth graders focus on furthering their understanding of American history. Within these courses, students have the opportunity to engage in research and projects to further develop understanding and share their knowledge with others.
Elective offerings vary from year to year; however, regular offerings have included: designing the annual Chapel banner, fitness and conditioning, leisure games and sports, cross country, strategy games, American Sign Language, book clubs, yearbook, textile arts, stop gap animation, and baking. In addition, all seventh and eighth graders spend one trimester researching an area of independent interest and developing his or her skills in that area through the Passion Project Elective.
Specials are classes that meet one to three times a week to help our middle school students have a well-rounded education, including exposure to the fine arts and world languages, as well as physical education.
Careful music selections are made to include music that is both distinctly Christian as well as general music that is fitting in a Christian school environment. Students experience the joy of creating music and learn to share that joy with others through annual performances during Grandparents’ Day, Christmas Concert, and Spring Fine Arts Program. Through each grade, students come to recognize music as a means to glorify and praise God.
Middle School students participate in two forty-five minute PE classes per week where we focus on valuable lessons in teamwork, attitude, perseverance, and sportsmanship. Health classes are shared with the PE time in specific trimesters. These health classes allow students to develop an understanding of caring for their bodies and developing healthy habits in a manner consistent with a Christian worldview and Biblical understanding of health.
Computers are a fundamental part of the middle school curriculum and are in a one to one ratio for students. All middle school students are issued a Chromebook to use at school to enhance learning in each subject area.
As middle school students use the internet for research, they are taught to analyze information critically, and to use technology in a manner that is safe, edifies their education, and honors God. Students learn to communicate effectively using email and how to use various Google tools in the classroom. After learning these skills, students apply them regularly through such projects as written reports and multi-media presentations building confidence to communicate in a digital world.
While the class schedule varies from grade to grade and year to year, all middle school students begin the day in their homeroom class and start the day with a devotion time. Each day includes instruction in Bible, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and an Advisory period. Spanish classes, specials, and electives are spread throughout the week. Students navigate moving from class to class and experience working with a variety of teachers. In the middle of the day, students have Advisory time, lunch, and an outdoor recess.
After School Options
AACS offers a high quality Extended School Program from 3:15-5:30 p.m. Students will have time and space to participate in enjoyable and enriching activities and to accomplish important tasks. For 5th grade and up, a specific Homework Support program is also offered during this time from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Learn more about After School Options