Middle School

HCA Middle School is where we learn to sharpen our minds and humble our spirits to glorify the Lord. ~Mrs. Noelle Hoffmeister, HCA teacher

Middle School at HCA Grades 6-8

Harvest Christian Academy Middle School is a place where students are learning, loved and discipled. Students thrive under teachers who take the time to know them individually and love them. Students learn about the world God made and the Bible is carefully integrated into each curricular area allowing students to understand their place in God’s creation. Not only do HCA teachers know their curricular discipline area, they are also great disciple makers. Disciple making happens in relationship. HCA teachers love students and come alongside students to lead them in learning to following Christ and in preparation for the academic rigor of our Upper School College Preparatory program.

The Bible curriculum has as its central vision the development of the reverence and fear of the Lord in the life of every student.  As each student comes to the realization of the Lordship of Christ and the preeminence of His Word in all matters of life, they begin to understand their personal nature and purpose in life.  At the center of faith are the crucified and risen Christ, and the knowledge that God calls each person to a personal relationship because of the gift of Jesus.  The purpose of the Bible curriculum is to provide a thoroughly integrated perspective of all domains through the lens of Christian living.  Students will be nurtured in their faith as they learn to apply a Christian worldview and Scriptural principles to everyday life.

Grade 6:

Grade 6 Bible is designed to expose students to the history, continuity, and general themes of the Old Testament and basic beliefs of the Christian faith. Students will see that the Bible unfolds God’s plan for the redemption of man and restoration of Creation through Christ Jesus. In addition, students will investigate the attributes of our Triune God, the act of Creation, the nature of man both before and after the Fall, the various covenant relationships with Adam and Eve, Noah, and the Patriarchs as well as bible study methodology and technique. Course work includes daily readings from the Old Testament, making of observations and interpretations from the text; then applying these to life today. Students are expected to participate in prayer, worship, and apply these lessons of faith, holiness, repentance, grace, and mercy to their lives and within the HCA community.

Grade 7: 

Students in grade 7 will be able to explain and support the basic doctrinal distinctives of Harvest Christian Academy. The course is broken up into six distinct units each with their own doctrinal focus: Bible, God, Redemption, Christian Living, Church, and the Future.

Grade 8:

Students in grade 8 will have a better understanding of who Jesus is and what he accomplished as we look at his life and ministry through the four different perspectives of the four authors of the Bible.

The mathematics curriculum has as its central vision the application of problem solving skills as students explore the order and precision of God’s created universe. Students will apply in mathematics to everyday situations. Students will have opportunities to realize the connection of mathematics to other disciplines as they learn to reason mathematically.

The curriculum will be structured in such a way as to provide individual challenge on multiple levels. Students will express understanding of mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts and using a variety of methods.

Grade 6:

Grade 6 Math students use the Singapore Math Program which is designed to equip students with a strong foundation in mathematics. Topics are covered in depth and taught to mastery. By focusing on mathematical understanding, the program aims to help students develop logical thinking and critical lifelong problem-solving skills.

Grade 7:

Grade 7 Math: Factors/ Multiples application problems, Real Numbers – integer operations, Algebra Introduction – expression and equations, Algebraic Manipulation – combining like terms, distributive property, Simple Equations - solving for the unknown, Ratio, Rate, Speed, Percentage – Sales, tax increase/decrease, discounts, percent increase/decrease, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals – Constructions, properties, measurement, Perimeter/Area – Trapezoids, Parallelogram and composite plane figures, Volume and Surface Area of Solids – Cube, Prism, Composite, Inequality – Exposure

Pre-Algebra: Factors/ Multiples application problems, Real Numbers – integer operations, Algebra Introduction – expression and equations, Algebraic Manipulation – combining like terms, distributive property, Simple Equations - solving for the unknown Ratio, Rate, Speed, Percentage – Sales, tax increase/decrease, discounts, percent increase/decrease, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals – Constructions, properties, measurement, Coordinate and Linear Graphs – Slope, Inequalities – Solving an inequality, Perimeter/Area – Trapezoids, Parallelogram and composite plane figures, Volume and Surface Area of Solids – Cube, Prism, Composite, Proportions – scale drawings, direct proportion, inverse proportion, Data Handling – collection of data, mean, median, mode, Probability of Simple Events – Probability of Combined Events.

Grade 8:

Pre-Algebra: Number Patterns, Coordinates and Linear Graphs, Inequalities, Proportions, Data Handling, Probability Simple Events, Probability Combined Events, Exponents and Scientific Notation, Linear Equation with two variables, Expansion and Factorization of Algebraic Expression, and Mensuration of Pyramids, Cones, Cylinders, Spheres.

Algebra: Exponents and Scientific Notation, Linear Equation with two variables, Expansion and Factorization of Algebraic Expression, Quadratic Factorization and Equations, Simple Algebraic Fractions, Congruence and Reflections, Parallel lines and Angles in Triangles and Polygons, Graphs Linear and Quadratic Functions, Graph in Practical Situations Pythagorean Theorem, Coordinate Geometry, Mensuration of Pyramids, Cones, Cylinders, Spheres, and Data Analysis

The English language arts curriculum has as its central vision the application of skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and accessing and using information for the purpose of bringing glory to God through His gift of language. Students will apply analytical skills as they realize their God given talents and gifts and employ each for the benefit of God’s work. Students will develop their ability to reason and think as they read and interpret information from a variety of sources. Students will develop the ability to communicate coherently in writing for a variety of purposes in a variety of contexts. In all contexts, they will practice correct application of Standard American English. Students will develop clarity, logic, creativity, persuasiveness and accuracy as they speak and write. Students will speak fluently, confidently, and with poise in a variety of contexts. They will work in group situations cooperatively and will demonstrate leadership skills as they pursue service and missions projects. Students will become proficient in research skills, including the use of a variety of technological aids. They will develop analytical thinking as they evaluate spoken and written word for truth when comparing them with the principles of Scripture.

Grade 6:

Grade 6 English/Language Arts students read a variety of novels, articles, short stories, and poetry. While fiction is a part of the reading, there is a heavy emphasis on non-fiction reading. Writing essays include personal, character analysis, argumentative, and research. Poetry and a few narrative pieces are included as well, but the primary focus is on expository and argumentative writing.

Grade 7:

Grade 7 English/Language Arts students read a variety of novels, articles, short stories, and poetry. While fiction is a part of the reading, there is a heavy emphasis on non-fiction reading. Writing essays include personal, character analysis, argumentative, and research. Poetry and a few narrative pieces are included as well, but the primary focus is on developing clear expository writing and logical arguments with strong evidence in argumentative writing.

Grade 8:

Grade 8 English/Language Arts students read a variety of novels, articles, short stories, and poetry. While fiction is a part of the reading, there is a heavy emphasis on non-fiction reading. Writing essays include personal, argumentative, and research. Memoir, poetry and narrative pieces are included. The primary focus is on developing clear, cohesive expository writing and logical arguments with strong evidence in argumentative.

The Science curriculum has as is central vision, the acquisition and application of methods of scientific inquiry to assist the student in comprehending the majesty and natural revelation of God’s created order. Students will understand that science is only one method for exploring creation and the underlying order of the universe and its Creator. They will refine inquiry skills, reporting methods, and laboratory experiment processes. They will also learn the importance of the principle that when science conflicts with scripture, the issue is the inability, or lack of sophistication of science to comprehend God’s divine truth regarding creation. Students will develop critical thinking skills and apply them to science concepts within technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students will ultimately become responsible for stewarding and conserving natural and human resources for God’s glory.

Grade 6:

Grade 6 students have an integrated science program that consists of life science (Ecosystems) physical science (Waves) and Earth/Space science (Earth Processes). Each unit centers on students learning science beginning with hands-on exploration and inquiry based learning and includes engineering and career connections.

Grade 7:

Students in grade 7 have an integrated science program that consists of life science (Cell Structure and Processes, Matter and Energy Flow in Cells) physical science (Structures and energy of Matter, Chemical Reactions) and Earth/space science (Space: Universe, Earth and the Solar System, Gravitational Forces and Force Fields). Each unit centers on students learning science beginning with hands-on exploration and inquiry based learning and includes engineering and career connections.

Grade 8:

Students in grade 8 have an integrated science program that consists of life science (Environmental Changes and Effects, Life Cycles, Adaptations) physical science (Objects in Motion and Electric and Magnetic Forces) and Earth/space science (Weather and Climate and Processes and Impacts of Natural Hazards). Each unit centers on students learning science beginning with hands-on exploration and inquiry based learning and includes engineering and career connections.

The social studies curriculum has as its central vision the awareness of how the past influences the future and how history affects the world and its people. Students will explore history through study of geography, political science, economics, and current events. They will research and collect information using primary and secondary source documents to analyze, synthesize, and draw conclusions. Students will present their findings using a variety of techniques including written, technological, and oral formats. Students will develop an understanding of personal heritage and cultural differences. They will realize the roles and responsibilities of citizens in God’s creation. They will also become proficient at making informed and reasoned choices for the public good and the good of the school culture. Students will apply the Christian stewardship and explore cause and effect relationships as they examine past and present events at the local, state, national and global levels.

Grade 6:

Grade 6 students expand their understanding of history by studying the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times through the Middle Ages. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students examine the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their lasting contributions and achievements to the modern world.

Grade 7:

Grade 7 students will be studying early American History. This starts with the Age of Exploration and concludes with the War 1812. It also includes a lengthy look at the Constitution and the taking of the Constitution Test. This class will be very hands on and interactive. I love creativity and encourage exploration into all the topics! We will be using the Multiple Intelligence Theory as an educational backdrop for the course. This theory simply states that we gain knowledge and show what we’ve gained in a variety of ways. This means that in History we will be using many different learning methods and techniques to explore the content and share the information gained. This includes music, game creating, many hands-on activities, and interactive simulations.

Grade 8:

Grade 8 students will be studying Civil War through modern American History. This class will be very hands on and interactive. We will be using the Multiple Intelligence Theory as an educational backdrop for the course. This theory simply states that we gain knowledge and show what we’ve gained in a variety of ways. This means that in History we will be using many different learning methods and techniques to explore the content and share the information gained. This includes music, game creating, many hands-on activities, and interactive simulations.

Music:

The music curriculum has as its central vision the development of life long appreciation of the gift of music for praise and worship of God. Students will develop poise and confidence in music performance, study, and application of Scriptural principles to music selection. As a result of experiencing the music curriculum, students will come to realize diversity in cultures and appreciate the variety of forms that have contributed to spiritual growth in worship. Students will develop the ability to evaluate music for quality using Biblical principles.