Middle School (6th– 8th Grades)

Middle School (6th– 8th Grades)

School Day
8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Classroom Structure

  • Self-contained:  Core academics
  • Specialists:  Art, Music, Physical Education, Latin

Highlights
Biennial field trip to Washington, D.C., Living History Museum

Curriculum

  • Language Arts: The four components are literature, grammar, vocabulary, and composition. Literature studies include works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  In grammar, parts of speech and punctuation are studied. For vocabulary, words from the students’ works of literature are used. Composition includes the various prose genre and poetry. Composition knowledge and skills are used in writing pieces for all subjects.
  • Math: Middle school students study grade level math, including pre-algebra and, when appropriate, algebra 1.
  • Science: During the middle school years, students study astronomy, botany, physical and earth sciences, and life science.
  • History:  Old world history, new world history, and U.S. history are rotated during the middle school years. Government and geography are integrated into these classes. Each student writes, memorizes and presents a historical impersonation of a famous person.
  • Bible: Various topical and book studies are used. Students also memorize Scripture verses.
  • Logic: As part of our classical education curriculum, logic is taught to eighth grade students. Logic class culminates in learning logical fallacies, giving students tools with which to evaluate what they hear and read in their daily lives.
  • Music Appreciation: Sixth and seventh grade students learn about the various musical periods, and learn to recognize certain pieces from them, including Baroque and Classical, eventually advancing to modern music.
  • Art: Beginning in fifth grade and continuing through eighth grade, we explore Art History and the various styles, movements, and artists that have left a lasting impression upon the world.
  • Computers: Students perfect their keyboarding skills, learn proper use of the Internet, and learn to use various software programs, e.g. Power Point.

Mr. Muir has taught at SCA since 1999, beginning with lower grades and becoming a middle school teacher in 2002. He graduated from Fuller Seminary in 1981 with a MA degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling and graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a MA degree in Elementary Education in 1999. His background as a therapist in Sacramento, California, has provided insight and understanding that is essential when teaching pre-teen and young teen students.

Middle school students are at an age when their focus shifts from adult relationships to peer relationships. With a budding ability to think abstractly, they like to challenge others’ opinions and discuss their own thoughts. To supplement lecture-style teaching, Mr. Muir offers opportunities to share and discuss topics in groups and as a class, to collaborate on projects, to perform experiments, to conduct research and present their findings, and to read and critique each other’s work.

Middle school is also a time of greater self-awareness and reflection. As children become young people, they need resources to help them develop life-long godly character qualities. Mr. Muir’s classroom emphasizes the importance of personal life change at the heart level rather than in behavior only.