Bible

Bible is an academic curriculum and a devotional study. Dynamic Christian Living presents both factual content and personal application material. Students should complete this course with an introductory understanding of doctrine concerning salvation, the scriptures, prayer, sharing the faith, and Spirit-filled living. Each topic will include discussions of higher theology, as well as a challenge to better reflect God’s character.

 

Language Arts

This course is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of Literature by increasing reading comprehension, expanding vocabulary, and sharpening writing skills through the integration of grammar instruction.

 

History – Ancient Civilizations

Students will examine the development of cultures from creation to 1400 AD, through a Christian world perspective. Course themes will include the idea of showing God’s hand in the history of the world, emphasizing the role of individuals in history, and teaching many lessons that can only be learned through the study of world history. Students will gain a better understanding and working knowledge of the geography of the Eastern Hemisphere. Through texts, illustrations, maps, and photographs students will explore the past and gain insight on the people behind the events of world history.

 

Math

Grades 7/8 math strengthens the foundations of mathematics for students and prepares them for the study of algebra. Topics covered include conversions and equivalent form of fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, proportions, and standard/metric units. The topics of expressions, variables, linear equations, and inequalities are also given extensive development.  Math class is by placement dependent upon students’ unique, individual abilities.

Pre-Algebra prepares students for the study of algebra.  Topics covered include problem solving, expressions, variables, algebraic properties, linear equations, inequalities, functions, ratio, proportion and percents, Cartesian coordinate system, factors and fractions, rational numbers, statistics and probability.

Algebra 1A/B is a two-year course in Algebra (Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B) that covers basic Algebra topics including the following: linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, and linear systems of equations.  The topic of word problems is also given extensive development. This course emphasizes on building a firm foundation for future math courses.

Algebra 1 is a one-year course in Algebra that covers basic topics including the following: linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, and linear systems of equations.  The topic of word problems is also given extensive development. This course emphasizes on building a firm foundation for future math courses.

 

Life Science

Life Science explores how the biological sciences reflect God’s glory and creation. This class utilizes the textbook, California Focus on Life Science, and other resources including labs and hands on activities. The course is an exciting introduction to biology, and will cover an introduction to cells, genetics and evolution, structure and function of living systems, and structure and function in the human body.

 

Spanish 1

Spanish 1 follows our 7th grade introduction course.  Students continue listening, reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme, grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities along with speaking and reading activities. Students complete the first 9 chapters of their Buen Viaje text and workbooks.

 

Physical Education

Middle School PE builds upon gross-motor and locomotor patterns worked upon in Elementary PE. As this course aims to develop a foundation of physical fitness, students are exposed to a wide variety of age- and level-appropriate exercises for strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility. Additionally, students are provided with opportunities for positive social interaction with others through competition and a variety of sports.

 

Dance Company

Dance Company (optional, in lieu of PE) is a performance-based class that fulfills the Rock Academy’s art credit (high school only) OR one year of PE requirement. Students learn beginning-intermediate dance technique, experience dance production, and learn a variety of dance styles from ballet to ballroom and modern/contemporary to hip-hop. Students perform at school and community events.

 

Elective Wheel

New to our curriculum this year, the 7th grade wheel serves as an introduction to four electives. During the first quarter they are enrolled in Drama and Spanish. In the second quarter the group stays with their same Spanish instructor and roll into Art. After art and start of the second semester/third quarter, they continue with Visual Communication. Finally, to cap off the fourth quarter, 7th graders re-visit Spanish for the last nine weeks of the school year.