A lot goes on in the life of the Middle School student.
A lot goes on in the life of the Middle School student, and caring faculty and administrators work diligently to keep the unique needs of this age group in mind every day. From the Middle School Dean of Students, responsible for developing and creating a positive spiritual, social, and academic environment, to teachers who enjoy the particular attributes of this dynamic age, Faith proactively encourages your children through these transition years. All the joyful learning fostered in Lower School is encouraged and built upon as the energy and enthusiasm abundant in Middle School students are directed toward proactive involvement in all aspects of school. Students move more deeply into subject matter and begin to refine their abilities to ask good questions and to reason with sound logic. Students are also encouraged to accept more responsibility through leadership opportunities and to view themselves as contributors to the school community.
Students acclimate to changing classes for each subject, and areas such as math and science quickly build toward the advanced material students will cover in the higher grades. Christian Classical education places an emphasis on the integration of subjects and the knowledge that God reveals his nature and character in everything we study.
Socratic teaching enhances your children’s learning by requiring them to engage actively in the process of learning. Caring and intentional faculty, serving as godly role models, present material in such a way that students are working constantly toward understanding by asking how and why questions: “Why did a certain time in history favor a particular mindset, religion, or governmental structure, and how did it come into being?” “How did that painting incorporate the fundamental principles of design, and why were those chosen and not others?” “Why do we believe in God?” and “How can we both defend our faith even as we encourage others to consider it?”
Academically, this is a great time to take a significant leap forward in training your children to reason well. Formal Logic, taught in grade 8, is the intentional, formal training in the ability to reason well. In this class students learn how a legitimate argument is constructed and likewise how arguments that seem logical are often built on false reasoning. In an age of consistent attacks on those things we hold to be good, true, and beautiful, this is critical training to prepare your children for what lies ahead.