Curriculum

Junior High Overview


Bethesda Christian School's Junior High program provides a caring environment to nurture young adolescents through these formative years.  Located on the second floor of the Upper School Building, the entire program encourages character development and focuses on Biblical principles for building life relationships.

In the junior high at BCS, our goal is to provide a safe place where we can partner with parents to help guide students through a challenging time of life. This can be an exciting time when many changes are taking place. We want students to successfully transition from the dependence of junior high to the independence of high school. We emphasize personal responsibility. 

The curriculum reinforces the basics of the elementary program and prepares students for the rigors of high school academics. Math, science, English, social studies, physical education and Bible are taught at each level. Advanced courses in math and science are also offered. Students select electives including band, choir, art and computers.

In addition to academic preparation, students have ample opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities in a variety of sports, music programs, and leadership opportunities such as Junior National Honor Society and student government.

Core Curriculum Overview

Bible 7

Studies are focused on the Old Testament and how those events relate to the student’s life. Various themes throughout the Old Testament are studied including the feasts of the Lord, the Prophets, prayer, literary genres, what happened between the Old and New Testaments, along with an extensive study of the books of Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. Students discuss the importance of learning from the historical events and the relevance of reaching the lost in the current culture.

Bible 8

The purpose of this course is to show the students the need for a Savior as foretold in the Old Testament and as described in the New Testament. Students learn about the birth of the Church, how the gospel spread throughout the known world and how spiritual growth takes place through training and discipline in the faith. Students explore the apostles’ lives, sacrifices they made and those who died for their faith. Students study how the canon of the New Testament was put together, the huge impact Constantine made on the church and the different councils that convened to determine if Jesus was God or if the Holy Spirit was God and the conclusions drawn. Students discuss what happened to the Church when it became "popular" ... it was both a blessing and a curse for the Church.

English 7

English 7 focuses on grammar, writing, literature, and vocabulary to continue students’ development of the God-given ability to communicate and think creatively and critically. Students refine written expression through creative and expository pieces, with an emphasis on ideas, voice, organization, argument, and supporting evidence. Students strengthen writer’s voice by engaging in a dedicated time each week to practice free writing. The study of vocabulary, parts of speech, sentence patterns, and grammar usage equip students with important tools necessary for communicating and thinking. The students also analyze novels and engage in discussion workshops. Class dialogue, debate, scene enactments, recitations, and personal inquiry through journaling lead students to a deeper level of thought and a sincere engagement with the world of literature and language.

English 8

English 8 continues the study of grammar, writing, literature, vocabulary and cultivation of critical and creative thinking skills. Students write often and in varied ways, including narrative, descriptive, persuasive and explanatory forms, with a special emphasis on ideas, voice, organization and sentence fluency. Discovery of the connections between different subjects allow students to derive meaning from personal experiences. Grammar study solidifies mastery of the parts of speech and grammar usage. Students study and analyze poetry, short stories, and novels. Through literary analysis and formal vocabulary study, a deeper understanding and appreciation of literature and language is gained. By making oral presentations, the student gains confidence along with knowledge and learns how to present this knowledge to others. Class dialogue and debate, scene enactments, recitations, multi-media presentations and reader-response journaling lead students to a deeper level of thought and a sincere engagement with the world of literature and language.

History 7

Using a Biblical Worldview, students in 7th grade study the regions and nations of Africa, Asia and the southwest Pacific, including historical, geographical, economic, political and cultural relationships. This study includes countries in the following regions: North Africa, Southwest Asia, Central Asia, Africa South of the Sahara, South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia, Australia, Oceania and Antarctica.

History 8

Using a Biblical Worldview, students in 8th grade will focus upon United States history, beginning with a brief review of early history, (including the Revolution and Founding Era), and the principles of the United States constitution, (as well as other founding documents), with applications to subsequent periods of national history and to civic and political life. Students also study national development, westward expansion, social reform movements, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Math 7

Over the course of the year, 7th grade students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics which fosters a deeper understanding of Jesus, the orderly Creator. Students learn about decimals, fractions, percentages, negative numbers and the order of operations. Students solve basic equations and compute the perimeter and area of common geometric objects.

Accelerated Math or Pre-Algebra for Grade 7 or 8 (Based on eligibility for Grade 7)

God created our universe with such order. By studying the patterns He created through mathematics, we can better understand Him. During this year, students will learn about negative numbers, scientific notation, square roots and the order of operations. They should also be able to solve equations, use different methods for graphing lines, and compute the volume and surface area of common geometric solids.

To be considered eligible to take Accelerated Math (Pre-Algebra) in 7th grade, a student must receive:

  • A average for both semesters of 6th grade math.
  • Score of 22 or higher on the 7th grade Glencoe Placement Test
  • Score of 237 or higher on the 6th grade NWEA mathematics spring assessment


Algebra 1 for Grade 8

Students grow in their appreciation of our God who is infinitely wise, but also deeply concerned with individual's lives. Students deepen their knowledge of radicals, functions and rational expressions. They solve word problems involving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities. Students also solve pairs of equations and create graphs for different types of functions.

Algebra 1 is considered a high school level course. As such, the grades and credits earned will be counted towards a student’s high school diploma and GPA. Students considering taking Algebra as 8th graders should have an interest in higher high school level math courses such as Calculus or Physics and are considering a career that will emphasize math or science.

To be considered eligible to take Algebra 1 in Grade 8 a student must receive:

  • B average or higher for both semesters of Math 7
  • Score of 22 or higher on the 8th grade Glencoe Placement Test
  • Score of 235 or higher on the 7th grade NWEA mathematics spring assessment
     

Science 7

Students at BCS approach scientific studies from a Biblical starting point. God created the heavens and the earth for His glory. Students bear the image of God and filter all information through His absolute truth as presented in His Word, the Bible. Students in seventh grade understand how atomic structure determines chemical properties and how atoms and molecules interact, the laws of motion and three types of heat transfer. They compare how Biblical events and earth processes have shaped the topography of the earth and have made it possible to measure geological periods according to the Bible to secular theory. They understand the cellular structure of living organisms, from single-celled to multicellular. God's intelligence and power are limitless, which is a thought beyond our human understanding. Students investigate the properties of minerals, identify the constraints of a design and generate and analyze data. Through observations of His creation, the students will stand in awe of Him and give Him glory.

Science 8

Students at BCS approach scientific studies from a Biblical starting point. God created the heavens and the earth for His glory. Students bear the image of God and filter all information through His absolute truth as presented in His Word, the Bible. Students in eight grade understand how atomic structure determines chemical properties and how atoms and molecules interact. Students can explain how the water cycle and air movement are caused by differential heating of air, land and water and how these affect weather and climate. Students discuss and display how natural and human events change the environmental conditions of the earth. Predictability of characteristics being passed from parent to offspring and how a particular environment selects for traits that increase survival and reproduction by individuals bearing those traits are charted. Students identify, determine and organize elements of the Periodic Table, the constraints of a design and generate and analyze data. Students study and realize God's intelligence and power are limitless, which is a thought beyond human understanding.

Spanish 1 for Grade 8

The goal of Spanish 1 for Grade 8 is to acquire the language, which is different from learning it. Acquiring a language happens as one listens and gradually begins using it, as a child does when learning how to speak. This comes naturally by listening to others speak around them for a long time. Therefore, almost all the class time will be spent using Spanish and not using English to talk about Spanish. The focus is on listening and reading instead of speaking and writing. Those skills will develop naturally as students listen and read. This course focuses on “comprehensible input” and uses the TPRS method (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling).

Spanish 1 is considered a high school level course. As such, the grades and credits earned will be counted towards a student’s high school diploma and GPA.

Junior High Band

All students involved in Junior High Band have the opportunity to further skills in excellent instrumental performance for the glory of the Lord. Class time is spent rehearsing good playing technique as well as expanding students' knowledge of music theory, music history, musical styles and music reading skills. Students perform in various concerts both on and off campus and in ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) solo and ensemble and full band contests.

Junior High Choir

The goal of Junior High Choir is for junior high school students to use their vocal talents for the Lord and bless people in the community. A good foundation is built with music reading skills, music theory, music history, musical styles, and performing techniques. Students perform at various concerts both on and off campus and in ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) solo and ensemble and full choir contests.

Junior High Computer Technology

Junior High Computer Technology focuses on proficiency in the use of technology tools as a requirement for success in academic, personal, business and other workplace and societal environments. Technology proficiency is critical if students are to be prepared to access, analyze, interpret, synthesize, apply and communicate information. Students experience technology as a tool in solving problems, increasing productivity and improving the quality of life. Students recognize hardware and productivity software, learn to be ethical, responsible, effective and efficient users of technology. Keyboarding is recognized as the primary input method; therefore, touch keyboarding mastery is required.

Junior High Health and Wellness

The Junior High Health and Wellness class at BCS is designed to develop an overall knowledge and understanding of health and wellness in physical health, mental health, social health and spiritual health. Students develop a knowledge of God as the Creator and a desire to know Him personally. This course imparts a knowledge of the health and science pertaining to the human body and filters into the student’s healthy lifestyle in all areas of life.

Junior High Physical Education

Junior High Physical Education at BCS is designed to help connect stewardship of the human body with worship of the Creator. A fitness development curriculum is partnered with a curriculum of various sports to achieve this goal. Students learn to grow in physical fitness and learn how to create an atmosphere which encourages setting high goals and achieving those goals. Ultimately, this class will guide students to accomplish these goals while enjoying the process.

Junior High Visual Arts:

Our foundation for the Junior High Visual Arts program is built on the knowledge that God is the creator and the ultimate designer, this is seen in creation and the wonders of the universe even down to the smallest details of human life. As His children, God has given each person certain gifts and abilities, as could be seen in the hand crafted details of the tabernacle. This course is structured to help each student explore, identify and develop their artistic skills for God's glory, personal enjoyment, communicating ideas and related career opportunities. Students demonstrate a variety of methods and topics including hands on art, the student of art history, examining artistic styles, developing an appreciation for artistic quality, enhancing critical thinking skills and learning to receive constructive assessment. Joy is brought to others and God is glorified by making beautiful works of art.

Jr. High Course Overview