Middle School Academics

Grades 5th-8th

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Middle-Schoolers are in an exciting and important part of life.  At Good Shepherd, we want to help them solidify their skills in preparation for high school, and give them godly direction as they navigate the new waters of young-adulthood.

Our middle-school program differs from the high school program in content and presentation. For example, while we offer a full course-load of traditional classes for high schoolers, we have a narrower focus concentrating on language arts skills, mathematics, and formative reading for middle-schoolers.

Middle-school classes meet three days a week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:15-2:45.
The morning classes focus on language arts skills and mathematics, and have regular homework and quizzes. The afternoon classes are more informal, covering a variety of topics that every student should be familiar with (geography, poetry, presidents, etc.). The afternoon classes will not have regular quizzes or homework.

  • Our teaching focus is on the language arts subjects and mathematics, and preparing middle-school students for high school work. (However,  informal afternoon classes cover a variety of subjects.)
  • The classes are taught by a prepared teacher, and there will be regular homework, writing assignments and quizzes in the language arts and mathematics classes.
  • Your child's math instruction can be individualized if need be. We offer Saxon math levels: 6/5, 7/6, 8/7, and Algebra I. If you prefer a different curriculum for your child, we can probably work it out (except for Algebra).
  • 7th and 8th graders have the option to take Logic classes with the high schoolers.
  • We have fun in our classes! The classes are traditional in method, but designed to engage middle-schoolers in learning.
  • A favorite time of the student's day is eating lunch with friends! Students bring lunch from home; there is a refrigerator and microwave available for use.
  • Report cards are sent home each quarter for the parent's use.
  • Mrs. Cunningham, the head teacher, earned her degree in secondary education and then taught 4th through 7th grades for almost a decade. She was honored to receive the Teacher of the Year award her last year of teaching, before deciding to stay home with her new baby, Chloe.

Click here for the 2016/2017 booklist.

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What’s the cost?

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  1.  The monthly fee for middle-school students is only $25/month for ten months (August through May)
  2. Other costs include: $100 registration fee (which can be deferred to a later month to help ease beginning-of-the-year costs), uniforms, and textbooks.

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What’s the next step?

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  1. We are excited to have your child as a student at GSC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
  2. The next step is to fill out a registration form and submit it. Once you submit it, you should receive a personal response from us within 24 hours. (If you don't hear from us, please let us know! Something may have gone wrong with the form.)
  3. When we receive your child's registration form, Mrs. Cunningham will set up an appointment to meet with you (the parent). At the meeting she'll make sure all your questions are answered and get you ready for the new school year. At this meeting you can let Mrs. Cunningham know which math you'd like your child to be in, and determine which skill books would be most helpful for your child.
  4. The first day of the 2016/2017 school year is Thursday, August 18, 2016. It is a half-day, 9am-11:50. That evening there will also be a parent orientation at the campus from 6:30-7:30.
  5. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Q?

We’ve been “relaxed” homeschoolers. Will my child be able to do the work at GS?

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Middle-school aged students are at the perfect age to learn a lot of information quickly. They’ve become better at abstract thinking and as a result can generalize and organize concepts much more easily and efficiently than they could just a year or two ago. Even if your student is little behind at this point, he will probably catch up without too much trouble.  If you feel your child is behind in his studies as he enters GS, don’t worry. He is still in a great position to make progress and excel in his studies. We will support him and work with him to help him get up to speed.

One more note: Most k-8 language arts texts and mathematics texts start off each year with several weeks (often months) of review. This review section is often all that is needed to get a student up to speed.

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What are some of the middle-school texts for this year at GS?

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  • Bible (we recommend a large print ESV)
  • Language Arts: 4Practice Workbook, Analytical Grammar, ACSI Spelling, MegaWords, Wordly Wise Vocabulary, Classical Composition (Memoria Press), Pentime Penmanship, Pilgrim's Progress, missionary/Christian hero books (not all students will use all books, some will be determined by skill level)
  • Mathematics: grades 5-7: Saxon/parent choice; Algebra: Saxon
  • Historical Fiction: Students will have the opportunity to read historical fiction during a short study period in the afternoon. The parent may choose a book to coincide with home studies, or may leave the choice up to the teacher. We suggest reading Landmark books during this time. Here is a handy list of Landmark books arranged chronologically.

 

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What about the afternoon “informal” classes?

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We'll be studying a variety of scientific, historical, and literary topics. For the most part, these classes will not have homework, quizzes, or grades. We'll just have fun learning!

We'll also have demonstrations, give book reports, have parties, walks, and field trips during these times