In the middle school years teachers build and expand upon a strong Lower School foundation, continuing to emphasize an integration of the Christian worldview across core academic disciplines. Additionally, students devote time to a formal study of logic as well as an extensive survey of the Old and New Testament.
During these years, students move from concrete to more abstract thinking. Thus, students have a greater appetite and capacity to discuss, debate, and argue over issues both great and small. Classrooms are designed to meet the intense curiosity of these students. Teachers lead students in interactive class discussions, prompting them to think deeper about issues and ideas, and training students in civility and persuasion when expressing their opinions in both spoken and written word.
In the 7th and 8th grade Logic classes, students learn how to construct sound arguments, to identify logical fallacies, and to think critically about issues. Emphasis is placed on the development of composition skills in order for students to be able to communicate their ideas with proper grammar, structure, logic, and clarity.
History and literature courses are designed to deepen understanding of great ideas and their consequences in both Western and Non-Western cultures. Students learn history and develop an appreciation for literature through a study of primary sources and Great Books.
The study of Latin provides many proven benefits including increased vocabulary skills, advanced thinking skills, and a foundation for the study of other languages. The understanding of Latin culture provides a critical context to understanding our Western cultural heritage.
These students also expand their study of art and music to hone their skills of creativity and beautiful expression.