Tampa Bay Christian Academy 's Middle School program is structured to provide your child with small group activities and peer tutoring to help the social and emotional development. Our program includes weekly chapels, daily devotionals and lessons with Biblical integration to promote spiritual growth. Projects, a diversity of lessons, and field trips provide for the different learning styles of our students.
Our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders form a team that meets for breaks, chapels, lunches, electives, and retreats. Students rotate among four teachers for the main courses which allows them to get ready for the multiple class changes in high school.
Since communication is essential to all, weekly folders go home on Mondays with general information and graded papers. Students are required to purchase a homework agenda to record work on a daily basis. Teachers strive to answer calls within 48 hours and often communicate with parents to set-up parent/teacher conferences with the whole team. If a student is struggling academically or with discipline, he/she is put on a daily contract where teachers record on a period-by-period basis the student's performance. All this is designed to make the student an independent learner who is responsible for his/her own actions.
In our desire to provide a rich exposure to the best quality material, we use a variety of publishers: Prentice Hall, Positive Action, Association of Christian Schools International Press, Glencoe, and others. Biblical integration is a daily occurrence in our classrooms through which students discover God's point-of-view, evaluate different worldviews, discuss Biblical responses to situations, and develop a foundation for the truth of their faith.
Bible: Biblical integration permeates every subject area. For Bible curiculum, sixth graders study character traits and the Christian walk by evaluating the life of different Bible characters. Seventh graders study the life of Christ through the Book of John, and eighth graders survey the Old Testament. Bible memory is an integral part of the program as are chapels, retreats, and open class discussions.
Language Arts: Language Arts includes the teaching of literature, writing, grammar mechanics, language usage, and reading in the content areas. The material is presented using multi-media resources which allows students the opportunity to explore the proper use of technology and to evalute its place in their lives. The summer reading selections provide a platform to discuss the Holocause and related themes.
Mathematics: The math program in the midle school begins with review (6th grade) and masteryu (7/8th grades) of mathematics concepts - operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. The year progresses into life application concepts - percents, graphing, proportions, and geometry. Pre-algebra concepts are develped - integers, equations, inequalities, and probability. Algebra 1, as a high school course, is offered to advanced eighth graders.
Social Studies: As sixth graders explore ancient civilizations, they visit Medieval Times in Orland oand St. Pete Folk Fair (SPIFFS). Seventh graders study world Geography and Civics. Together with the sixth graders, they visit SPIFFS and prepare an International Fair for the elementary students to visit. Eighth graders study American History and visit EPCOT, St. Augustine or Washington, DC at the end of the year.
Science: Learning to discern between worldviews when studying science and the validity of the Creation account are the prime objectives of the middle school science program. Sixth graders focus on Physical Science - atomic theories, energy, waes, magnetism, etc. Seventh graders dissect earthworms and frogs, study the systems of the human body, and grow plants as part of their Life Science curriculum. As part of the Earth Science curriculum, eighth graders fgocus on the atmostphere and weather, geology, fossils and the different origins theories, and visit Kennedy Space Center/NASA as part of the space unit. All middle school students are required to complete a Science Fair project.
Physical Education: Middle school students have P.E. every day. They learn the skills and rules for a variety of sports, as well as, exercise habits for a lifetime of fitness. Students may also participate in a variety of team sports afterschool (i.e. volleyball, cross-country, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, cheerelading, wrestling, track...)
Electives: Students rotate on a nine-weeks basis and are exposedto different activities some of the offerings include- Spanish, mythology, social skills, arts and crafts, chess club, music and theatre,, skills for success, etc.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What about advanced courses?
Honors math is available in which the students are grouped according to ability allowing for students to move up to the next grade level if applicable.
My child has a learning disability. Can you help?
TIPS ( Tampa Bay Christian Intervention Program) is available to students with specific learning disabilities. Students remain with their class during the day and go to their resource room for either Language Arts or Math, according to need.
Mrs. Alba Sewell, intervention principal, uses the same curriculum as the regular track, but presents techniques and skills that help the students to process the material and equips them to find alternative approaches to their learning process.
What type of activities do your students participate in?
Fieldtrips include: Kennedy Space Center , Medieval Times Festival, MOSI, Performing Arts Center, St. Augustine, Lowry Park Zoo, SPIFFS, and EPCOT.