Courses in our middle grades (5-8) reflect the logic stage of development, introducing students to a variety of beliefs and providing tools to allow students to explore alternate view points, while still providing a solid Christian foundation.
During these years, students undergo significant physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual changes which affect their personal identity and how they view the world around them. As a result, the teaching in these grades moves away from a teacher-driven study of concrete facts, and students begin to explore more abstract ideas and concepts. They are guided through the process of dissecting an argument, formulating a personal opinion, and clarifying their own personal and spiritual values. Students are encouraged to develop both behavioral and academic problem-solving skills as they move from co-dependent relationships with their parents beliefs toward mental and spiritual independence. Field trips, guest speakers, laboratory exercises, appropriate use of humor, and active learning opportunities are crucial learning tools that address the changing nature of students in the middle grades.
By the time students complete these grades, they must be able to articulate academic concepts in standard spoken and written English.