Our gender-divided middle school (grades six through eight) aims to nurture, stimulate, and challenge our students. The middle school years are a time of internal and external change in a student’s life, and we desire for students to feel loved, encouraged, and challenged to excel as they navigate these changes.
We select appropriate curricula to prepare students for a rigorous course of study in high school and college. The key to this educational philosophy is a small classroom environment with professional teachers on campus combined with involved Christian parental guidance on satellite days. The middle school follows a college style school format, with two full on-campus school days and three satellite classroom days. Students complete their teacher-directed assignments under the supervision of parents in a satellite classroom.
During the middle school years students are learning to be more independent in their learning and executive functioning skills. We recognize this challenge and work with students and parents as they make this transition. Our teachers understand that every student is unique and encourage parents to help students identify strengths and overcome weaknesses in the area of executive functioning.
The role of parents during the middle school years varies by child. Because students are transitioning from dependent to independent learners, parents are still highly involved in the oversight of satellite day work. Initially they may serve as managers of student learning, while shifting to the role of guides as students become more independent. Middle school students are developing more disciplined study habits and benefit from positive parental encouragement and the growing awareness of personal consequences.
Parents and students have access to all assignments through PlusPortals. As needed, parents should help with any preparation or review needed for the next class as well as assignments. They may also incur occasional instructional responsibilities of certain subjects, such as spelling. In addition, parents are responsible for the oversight of checking homework completion, ensuring timely assignment submission, and monitoring students’ academic progress.
Latin is the foundational foreign language for our program at JFCA. Students begin their Latin studies in seventh grade with Introduction to Latin and complete Latin I in eighth grade. Latin study continues in high school.
Middle schoolers have many opportunities for athletic, service, and extracurricular pursuits. Several of our sports offer middle school teams as well. Students may also participate in grade-level service projects and the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Other options include the middle school Academic Team, National Junior Honor Society, L.E.A.D. (potentially with an 8th grade field trip to Washington, D.C.), yearbook, newspaper, musical theater, robotics, athletics, field trips, and socials are also a cornerstone of our middle school program. Moreover, our memberships open the door to individual competitions, such as vocal and piano performances, spelling bees, science fairs, one-act plays, literary and art festivals, and Quiz Bowls.
The middle school at JFCA is a supportive, loving environment that nurtures students’ growing faith through Bible study, class discussions, and intentional discipleship.