Middle school at SBCS includes sixth through eighth grades. This is a time of change, growth and questions. SBCS is uniquely equipped to minister to the middle school student with experienced and caring teachers who understand both the challenges and the joys of this time period in life. Our curriculum reflects both the rigors of learning at this age as well as a desire to nurture the whole child who graduates a young adult prepared for the challenges of high school and beyond.
The SBCS middle school language arts program is a novel driven curriculum focusing on textual analysis, creative writing, and text-based expository writing. While evaluating plot structure, characters, and conflicts through a Christian perspective, the sixth grade curriculum focuses on relationships, the seventh grade focuses on individual responsibility and purpose, and the eighth grade focuses on the power of personal sacrifice and the need to stand up for what is right. The ability to think critically and communicate effectively are two of the greatest outcomes of the SBCS language arts’ curriculum and our students prove to be more than competitive when they move on to local public and private high schools.
The math program for middle school includes pre-algebra and algebra for all students. In addition to the McDougal Littel texts, our students gain essential practice experience by using Khan academy aids and the “flipped” classroom model to enhance their learning and deepen their understanding of core mathematical concepts. This ensures the greatest one-on-one attention from the instructor in understanding mathematics which lays the foundation for succeeding at the high school level.
Each Winter our school is abuzz in the highlight of our science curriculum, the science fair. This event includes the entire school and students from our middle school have received honors at the state and local levels. The Prentice Hall curriculum includes many experiments making the science fair a logical extension of the classroom. Our students explore science at Catalina Island, Disneyland, the LA science center and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
History is studied from early civilizations through American history and culminates in eighth grade with a trip to Washington, DC. The study of history is designed to give our students an understanding of the development of human society, the foundations on which those societies are built, and an ability to think critically about the world to draw conclusions and make informed decisions about their role in their community, their country, and their world.
PE, Spanish, Bible, Chapel, Music and Art round out the curriculum. To learn more about these programs, please visit the Christian Values and Enrichments tabs of this section.