Middle School

Middle school years are vitally important in the development of the early teen years. Students will be challenged and prepared for senior high school. Middle school is also a time when students experience changing classes, lockers, and having the opportunity for overnight retreats. Students also tackle science projects, research projects, take electives, and enjoy physical education daily.

Horizon Junior High Overview

Classroom Structure for all Junior High Grades: Traditional seven period schedule. Students meet in seven 55-minute periods for the entire year.

School Day:
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Start: First Tuesday following Labor Day
End: Mid-June
Major Breaks: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring

Seventh Grade Overview
Eighth Grade Overview


Seventh Grade Overview

Bible
In order to be Christian leaders in the future, students are taught to be Christians in thought, word and deed. Students are taught the Bible as God’s inspired word, true history, and beautiful literature. The Bible always has a call to action so the course focuses on current personal and cultural relevance through reading, studying, and memorizing. Students are given a personal understanding of basic principles in living out the Christian life.

Life Science
Beginning with an introduction to the foundations of science, including the scientific method, students embark on a study of living things, cell structure, cell reproduction and genetics, and plant anatomy. The second semester is spent studying the animal kingdom with a focus on the vertebrates. Laboratory work includes studies with the microscope, the cell and cell processes, and worm and frog dissections. Intelligent design and random evolution are discussed along with the structure and function of the human body.

Math
Course helps students gain a mastery of the disciplines of basic math and introduces them to several disciplines of advanced math. The major units of study are: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percents, measurements, finances, graphs and statistics, math in daily life, introduction to algebra, mathematical geography, plane geometry, solid geometry, the Pythagorean Rule, and trigonometry. Based on teacher recommendation, 7th grade students may choose to take Pre-Algebra as Math coursework in place of 7th grade math class. See course description for Pre-Algebra in the grades 9-12 section.

Language Arts
Course focuses on cementing mechanics in the areas of reading and writing using a variety of activities that accommodate all learning styles. Students explore vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics through the reading and study of several works of classical literature.

World Studies
An overview of world history, cultural studies, and geography is given, investigating both western and eastern traditions from the late middle ages to the present. Students gain an appreciation for the major civilizations and cultures that have risen and fallen in the second millennia.

Keyboarding and Word Processing
Major units of study include the use of the keyboard and mouse, utilizing the task bar and screen parts, learning word processing and computer graphics, and working on speed and accuracy to 35 wpm.

Concert Band (offered to all 7th-12th grade students)
Prerequisite: two years band experience or audition and acceptance at the music director’s discretion)
Artistically challenging and technically difficult musical selections provide students with the opportunity to further advance in their musical abilities. Concerts, mass bands and musical reviews offer students the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of becoming more accomplished musicians.

Music (Voices of Galilee) (offered to all 7th-12th grade students)
The Voices of Galilee Choir is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ through songs containing sacred text. All styles and periods of music are included in the selection to be performed. Voices of Galilee students are ambassadors of the school to area churches and the community at large. Extracurricular and Sunday performances are required on occasion each year. Students learn theory and music fundamentals and principles during class. Worksheets are given and may be taken home as homework. Periodic theory tests are also required.

Art Grade Level: 7, 8 combined with high school
Course is tailored to the goals of the students. Foundational elements (line, shape, color, balance) are reviewed and mastery of accurate rendering is pursued. Students participate in one “public” show and several competitions where their work is judged and displayed.

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Eighth Grade Overview

Bible
In order to learn how to win spiritual battles, the students will engage in the studies of: God’s army, the enemy, the enemy’s territory, basic training, defensive and offensive weapons, how-to-apply these strategies, enemy propaganda, setting the captives free, delivering the demonized, and preparing for the final conflict. Memory work, note taking, class discussions, tests, and current events will be used to measure level of comprehension

Earth Science
Students will explore and experience a variety of areas within the discipline of Earth science. From a celestial body and its impact in the universe to the specific design of its environment of the atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere, emphasis will focus on reading, making observations, discussion, and application. Theories of intelligent design and evolution are discussed throughout the course. Field trips may accompany our understanding in making observations and measurements as young scientists.

Math
Lessons begin with practice of basic number facts and mental math. The accompanying problem-solving activities give students practice using strategies that will help solve more complicated problems. Practice problems that focus on the topic of the lesson are included at the close of each lesson. Based on teacher recommendation, 8th grade students may choose to take Pre-Algebra or Algebra I as Math coursework in place of 8th grade math class. See course description for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in the grades 9-12 section.

United States History
Students will study the history of the United States from a Christian perspective and relate the events of history to the major events of today through discussion and presentation of current events. Major units of study are: Age of Exploration, Colonial America, The War for Independence, the 19th Century, the 20th Century, and the 21st Century.

Language Arts
Students will explore vocabulary, grammar, and writing largely through classical literature. Students will be given many opportunities to express their own thoughts and ideas in writing, putting into practice grammar skills and vocabulary usage.

Speech & Logic
This course seeks to improve student skills in thinking and speaking clearly, creatively, and confidently. Students will receive instruction and practice in creative and critical thinking including chess, codes and ciphers, scientific reasoning, brainstorming, problem solving, recognizing faulty reasoning, etc. Students will develop and deliver a number of speeches over the course of the year in informative, persuasive, humorous and debate settings utilizing outline, full-text, memorized, and off-the-cuff presentations. As a course requirement students will participate in the ACSI winter speech meet.

Keyboarding and Word Processing
Major units of study include the use of the keyboard and mouse, utilizing the task bar and screen parts, learning word processing and computer graphics, and working on speed and accuracy to 35 wpm.

Music (Voices of Galilee) Grade Level: 7, 8 combined with high school
The Voices of Galilee Choir is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ through songs containing sacred text. All styles and periods of music are included in the selection to be performed. Voices of Galilee students are ambassadors of the school to area churches and the community at large. Extracurricular and Sunday performances are required on occasion each year. Students learn theory and music fundamentals and principles during class. Worksheets are given and may be taken home as homework. Periodic theory tests are also required.

Concert Band Grade Level: 7, 8 Prerequisite: two years band experience or acceptance by the music director
Artistically challenging and technically difficult musical selections provide students with the opportunity to further advance in their musical abilities. Concerts, mass bands and musical reviews offer students the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of becoming more accomplished musicians.

Art Grade Level: 7, 8 combined with high school
Course is tailored to the goals of the students. Foundational elements (line, shape, color, balance) are reviewed and mastery of accurate rendering is pursued. Students participate in one “public” show and several competitions where their work is judged and displayed.

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