Middle School Course Requirements

Content AreaSixth GradeSeventh GradeEighth Grade
English
Math
Science
Social Studies
Bible
Health & PEOffered as ElectiveOffered as Elective
Career & Technical EducationOffered as ElectiveWheel & Elective CoursesWheel & Elective Courses
Wheel CourseOne Per QuarterOne Per QuarterOne Per Quarter
ElectivesOne Per QuarterOne Per QuarterOne Per Quarter

Placement in Honors Courses

Honors classes are offered in Grades 7 and 8 in Math and English. Students should be prepared to accept rigorous course requirements. Placement in Honors classes are determined by the following criteria:

7th Grade Pre-Algebra & English 78th Grade Algebra I & English 8
Teacher RecommendationPrerequisite: Pre-Algebra
Grades in 6th Grade Math & EnglishTeacher Recommendation
MAP scoresGrades in Pre-Algebra & English 7
Student work ethic and responsibilityMAP scores
Student work ethic and responsibility

Core Academics

Middle School Bible

  • Bible
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle school years are a time when young people begin to make more and more decisions for themselves. Through His Word, God offers the wisdom we all need to live day to day in a manner that glorifies our Lord and Savior. In 6th grade students will journey through an Old Testament Survey course. The 7th grade will be equipped with the tools needed to build spiritual maturity. In these lessons, students will find an introduction to Christian doctrine, including basic approaches to salvation, prayer, and Bible study. Students can learn to live out their love for God and share Him with others. 8th grade students will answer the question “Who Is Jesus?” as they learn many facts about Jesus. They will be challenged to get to know Jesus in a personal and life changing way.

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Middle School English

  • LSP
  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The Middle School English program focuses on reading, writing, spelling, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary development. All major genres in literature are explored with an emphasis on fiction, nonfiction, short stories, novels. Students use oral language, written language, media, and technology as they interpret, evaluate, and reflect on literature. Students use oral language, written language, media, and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes. Vocabulary development is encouraged throughout all subject areas. Students also explore the structure of language and study grammatical rules for effective speaking and writing.

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Middle School History

  • History / Social Studies
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Our program keeps students engaged by taking a narrative approach to history, asking thought-provoking questions, and making real-life applications. In each subject, students will develop wisdom as they study the past and develop social studies skills in areas of geography, economics, culture, and civics. That wisdom will help them rightly discern aspects of the times in which they live. Starting in 6th grade students will go back to study Ancient History then move to World History during 7th grade. Eighth grade is U.S. history survey course that covers from 1750-1875. Topics covered include events leading to the Revolutionary War, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, formation of government, War of 1812, westward expansion, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, and Reconstruction.

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Middle School Math

  • LSP
  • Math
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

The goal of Middle School math is to approach any problem with a growth mindset, understanding that learning is a process that involves many mistakes and using them as opportunities is a great way to clarify thinking. Relevant, real-life problem based learning enhances the contextual learning for the student. The series in middle school is vertically aligned to eliminate gaps and redundancies. It is horizontally aligned for consistency from level to level. Students may be provided the opportunity to complete Algebra 1 before entering high school.

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Middle School Science

  • Science
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

GCS’ Middle School science program focuses on equipping students with the foundational knowledge of science concepts with emphasis on biblical principles. These principles reinforce the irrefutable evidence that there is indeed an Intelligent Designer who created the world in 7 days. Students will trace God’s redemptive plan from Creation through the Fall, culminating in His death on the cross and how this information intertwines with modern science and a Christian worldview.

6th grade class topics include: cells, organisms, heredity, and the human immune and nervous systems. 7th grade consists of a basic survey of biology, including the cell, genetics, creation versus evolution, the kingdoms of organisms, and human anatomy and physiology. Involves some limited lab opportunities, including dissection and the use of microscopes. Requires an insect photo collection at the beginning of the school year. 8th grade focuses on Earth Science and studies God’s glory in creation. Lesson plans consist of a study of the heavens and the earth’s motions, including topics such as instruments of astronomy, telescopes, the solar system, stars, galaxies, nebulae and other objects of the universe. Examines the oceans and the groundwater system. Focuses also on meteorology, geology, creation versus evolution, earthquakes and volcanoes. Involves a small rock collection and a rocketry project as culminating assignments in separate units.

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Wheel Courses

Students in grades 6-8 will be assigned to four Wheel Courses each year. Wheel courses ensure students are exposed to a variety of subjects and allow them to learn fundamental skills that will serve them as they grow their independence.

6th Grade Wheel Courses

6th Grade Project

  • W
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th

In the final quarter of the year, all students will work on a cross-curricular project. Students will be able to choose from a variety of project mediums and will receive guided teacher support.

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Essential Technology

  • W
  • Technology & Trade
Grades: 6th

Every student at GCS receives a computer. In this course, students will learn keyboarding; how to navigate Google Classroom; how to develop presentations, documents, spreadsheets; and best practices for crafting emails.

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Internet Aware

  • W
  • Technology & Trade
Grades: 6th

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of digital literacy and safety. Access to information is endless and good (and bad) news travels quickly online. Students will learn how to discern whether information is reliable and factual versus someone’s opinion. Students will also learn about setting limitations for themselves in regards to what they post.

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Middle School Success

  • W
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th

This is a study skills and strategy course designed to teach students how to better plan, manage, organize, and complete their work. Skills covered include time management, organization, planning, actively studying, learning strategies, and note-taking. Students will also learn about academic integrity and how to appropriately cite their work.

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7th Grade Wheel Courses

Creative Technology

  • W
  • Fine Arts, Technology & Trade
Grades: 7th

Students will receive an introduction to the basics of computer science. Designed to be fun and engaging, this course blends online non-computer activities to teach students computational thinking, problem solving, programming concepts and digital citizenship. Students will create their own games, art, and digital stories.

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Family & Consumer Science

  • W
  • Life Application
Grades: 7th

In this course, students will learn how to grow their independence through learning about household, personal, and consumer health and safety including kitchen and food safety, cooking skills, nutrition, hand sewing, clothing care, home maintenance, money management, medical management, and more.

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Public Speaking/Oral Communications

  • W
  • Life Application
Grades: 7th

Students will receive a foundation of oral communication skills. Students will learn the importance of self-presentation, enunciation/diction, and non-verbal communication skills.

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Shop

  • W
  • Technology & Trade
Grades: 7th

Students will learn basic mechanical skills that will serve them throughout their lifetime. Students will build small projects, learn how to use small hand tools and develop problem-solving skills.

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8th Grade Wheel Courses

Babysitting/First Aid/CPR

  • W
  • Life Application
Grades: 8th

In this course, students will learn basic care for infants and children; basic First Aid; age-appropriate activities; CPR; and emergency protocols. Students will earn Babysitting, First Aid, and CPR certification.

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Career Readiness

  • W
  • Life Application, Technology & Trade
Grades: 8th

Students will explore various types of careers and what careers might be a good fit for their interests, attitude, personality and learning style. Students will also learn how to seek and apply for a job.

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Introduction to Robotics

  • W
  • Technology & Trade
Grades: 8th

This course introduces students to  an overview of robot mechanisms, dynamics, and intelligent controls. Students will see examples of robotics applications and create their own robots.

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Modern and Traditional Etiquette

  • W
  • Life Application
Grades: 8th

This course will introduce students to social skill fundamentals needed to confidently develop positive relationships. Traditional manners as well as those needed for modern times (e.g., when should you call versus text/email) will be taught. This course culminates in an optional 8th grade dance that will be held near the end of the Spring Semester.

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Elective Offerings

GCS Middle School students may explore their interests through the following quarterly electives. Electives are taught the last period of the day, Monday through Friday. Students will select their preferred and secondary electives in March for the upcoming school year. Every attempt will be made to enroll students in their preferred electives. Elective choices should reflect a firm decision. It is highly unlikely that a course change will be made if a student receives their preferred electives.

Answering the Call to Ministry

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Do you have a sense that God is calling you to a vocational role, such as Pastor, Youth Pastor, Missionary, Chaplain, etc? Do you need time to work through this? Are you struggling for clarity? If you feel like there is nothing else you can do for work or a deep desire to completely have passion to serve God’s people, come and be a part of this elective. We will be going over clarity of the calling, serving the church, reaching the lost, and much more.

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Baseball Development

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn the basic rules of baseball and develop skills for game play.

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Basketball Development

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn the basic rules of basketball and develop skills for game play.

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Bible Study: NAU:Origins by Jonny Somerville

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

NUA:Origins aims to provide a learning environment that empowers young people to engage with Christianity. The series will consist of eight episodes looking at the nature of God and our identity, the meaning of Jesus’s death, prayer, the Scriptures and a closer look at those who encountered Jesus. We have called it NUA:Origins because of the cultural fascination with superheroes origins stories. We love to find out the back story of people’s lives.

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Boss Club

  • E
  • Life Application, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Learn the basics of entrepreneurship through actually creating a small business over the course of a semester. We will understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and learn the process for selecting, designing, starting, and growing your business. We will also develop a well-rounded Biblical worldview of business and how God uses entrepreneurship for His Kingdom.

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Chess

  • E
  • History / Social Studies, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students study chess history, rules, information and notation systems, and essential strategy.

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Childrens’ Ministry

  • E
  • Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn to cultivate a heart for serving the children in their local churches. They will develop the skills needed to create and present short Bible lessons, games, worship, and Bible memory activities for pre-K and elementary students. We will even be able to use these skills to minister to our own elementary students here at GCS!

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Christian Development

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course exposes students to foundational principles of discipleship as found in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will grow in their understanding of the gospel, their identity in Christ, and the call of the Great Commission.

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Creative Writing

  • E
  • English
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Through this course you will discover and refine a variety of writing styles that will allow your thoughts to come alive! Polish your writing and make it more effective, lively, descriptive and cohesive.

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Discipleship

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course focuses on helping students begin to grasp and deepen their understanding of what it means to “follow Jesus.”

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F.I.T: Fun Interval Training (Girls)

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School Girls, we are going to get moving using music inspired workouts, high intensity interval training, Yoga, Pilates, and more. If you want to work out, laugh, release stress, and have a blast, come and join us!

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Fundamentals of Football

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Learn and enhance your fundamentals and grow your knowledge of the game with a USA Football certified coach. There will be valuable content for everyone & every skill level. Learning will be done in the classroom and on the field in NON-contact environments. Students will learn to throw, catch, run routes, blocking, and defensive pursuit.

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Generation Change

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Generation change is a Dave Ramsey study for teens on what God says about money. The course is taught with Dave via video. A typical class will look like this: you’ll begin the class with a video, then open the class up for discussion questions and Bible verses from the student workbook. The class also includes daily devotionals after completing the video courses.

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Intro to Sign Language

  • E
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This is an introductory level sign language course that establishes a novice range of communication skills. This course emphasizes the cultural practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective.

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Introduction to Theatre

  • E
  • Fine Arts
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Introduces students to components of theatre arts including playwriting, acting, directing, design, etc. Learning to analyze the components of theatrical performance. Exploring it’s elements, practices and context including historical, social, economic, etc.

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Ministry Through Sports

  • E
  • Bible, Life Application, PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students would learn how to share their faith through their love for sports, what opportunities are available for athletes to be able to minister to others, and how to be a powerful athlete and a powerful Christian all at once.

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Physical Education

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course focuses on the cognitive and physical skills required to participate and enjoy various team sports. This involves the knowledge and application of rules and basic skills, and sportsmanship conduct.

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Public Speaking & Debate

  • E
  • English, Life Application
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Do you enjoy “arguing” in the good sense of the term? Do you enjoy thinking logically, and making or refuting cases point by point? Do you simply want practice in public speaking and clear communication? Learn how to be persuasive and confident when speaking in front of an audience. Participate in a debate competition.

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Soccer Development

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Students will learn the basic rules of soccer and develop skills for game play.

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STEM

  • E
  • STEM, Math, Science, Technology & Trade, Trade
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Are you a creative, critical-thinker? Do you enjoy finding solutions to problems? Are you interested in technology and exploring science? If so, you might enjoy taking a STEM Elective class. STEM, or STEAM, will incorporate hands-on engineering design challenges while exploring the latest in various fields of science. If you are looking for a way to be creative and learn about science and engineering, this program is for you!

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Team Sports (Athletic Study Hall)

  • E
  • English, History / Social Studies, Math, Science
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Middle School GCS athletes will automatically be placed in this elective during their sport season. GCS students participating in sports outside of school where commitment to the sport significantly limits their available after-school study time may also request enrollment in the Team Sports elective.

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Weight Training (Boys)

  • E
  • PE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

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