Middle School

As students enter middle school and reach their preteen years, the world, as they see it, changes. At Jenison Christian School, teachers understand these developing years and the curriculum is designed to reach the students where they are, and prepares them to be successful in high school.

The core curricula subjects, include Bible, math, social studies, language arts and science. There are also opportunities to discover interests in extra-curricular activities and leadership opportunities. JCS offers a clearly mapped, thorough, yet flexible curriculum taught from a Biblical perspective.

Spiritual Growth

  • All subject areas are taught from a Christian perspective.
  • Bible is a core subject in the curriculum, not an elective class.
  • We use the Walking with God and His People curriculum, published by Christian School International.  The curriculum equips students with the knowledge they need to understand faith experiences and believe God's Word.
  • Students are challenged to reflect their relationship with Christ and their faith by sharing and serving in our community.
  • Bible Memory is a key component to the curriculum.

Language Arts

  • Lucy Caulkin's Writing Workshop curriculum is used in our middle school classrooms to develop writing skills in fiction and nonfiction writing. The writing units are based on the National Common Core Standards.
  • Reading Workshop is implemented in all middle school Language Arts classrooms.  The workshop model allows teachers the ability to differentiate in their teaching to meet the various reading abilities in the class.  Students are given books that are a best fit and engage in book group discussions to stretch their comprehension and literary abilities.
  • Each grade level uses a combination of short stories, novels, and other quality literature to teach students text features and comprehension strategies.
  • Through our Words Their Way program, students use discovery to understand vocabulary and spelling. 
  • ​Students use our extensive library and computer labs to research topics and build an enjoyment for reading and writing.

Math

  • Fifth grade: Students use Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions curriculum to help them build a strong base for numbers and operations. This curriculum is based on the National Common Core Standards.
     
  • Sixth through eighth grade: Students are prepared for High School as they learn concepts of equations, fractions, geometry, and measurements. 
     
  • Eighth grade: Students in eighth grade also have the opportunity to take Algebra instead of a general math class.  This algebra class mirrors  the Unity Christian High School freshman level class. This allows students to test out of Algebra as a high school freshman.

Social Studies

  • Fifth grade: Students begin their social studies learning geography.  Their history study begins with The Early Americans through Westward expansion.
     
  • Sixth grade: Students learn about the tools that geographers use. This helps build the foundation for further studies throughout the year on Canada, the United States, Latin America, The Caribbean Islands, Antarctica, and Australia.
     
  • Seventh grade: Students continue learning geography. They study the countries of Europe, Russia, and Africa.  They also learn about Southwest and Central Asia, The Middle East, as well as Monsson Asia; China, Japan, and India. Throughout the year, students also look at controversial issues from different countries and discuss how we, as Christians, should respond to these issues.
     
  • Eighth grade: Students study American History from the Thirteen Colonies to the Industrial Revolution.  In their studies, they investigate broad themes in American History and learn from those themes in the past.  Current events is also included in the curriculum.

Science

  • Fifth through eighth grade: All middle school science classes use the Prentice Hall Explorer Curriculum which students are taught to put on "God's glasses" to see the world.
     
  • Fifth grade: Students learn about life systems and their survival.  They also study astronomy.
     
  • Sixth grade: Students focus on Earth Science including plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, minerals and motion, forces and energy.
     
  • Seventh grade: Students focus on Life Science learning about ecology, the diversity of living things, cells and heredity, and the human body system.
     
  • Eighth grade: Students learn about Physical Science.  Many science experiments and hands on learning are used in this class to explore atoms, elements, and chemical reactions.

Music

  • Fifth Grade Band:  In this first-year band, students learn the fundamentals of tone production, technique, and ensemble performance while developing music literacy skills.

  • Sixth Grade Band:  This course further develops tone, range, and technique through a rigorous curriculum that includes level 1.5 to 2 performance repertoire.
     
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade Concert Band: The Concert Band continues a thorough training in performance and technique development in a rotating use of technique books for this two-year group. The performance literature (level 2 to 3) develops further musical maturity. This group has consistently received high marks at band festivals.
     
  • Sixth Grade Choir:  The Sixth Grade Choir is devoted to the development of good choral technique and independent sight reading. Each year the sixth grade begins with an introduction to Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music that lays the foundation for musical understanding in later music classes.
     
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade Concert Choir:  This mixed-voice (SAB, SATB) choir further develops students’ choral technique and ability to independently sight read. The Concert Choir consistently receives high marks at choir festival.

Art

  • When children create art, they are acting as image bearers of the Creator.  In the same way that our God's creation is evidence of His existence so too our artwork gives evidence of His work in us.  We create things of beauty as our Father in heaven did and does to redeem the world and we do it to His glory.  "Do all to the Glory of God" 1 Corinthians 10:31
  • The art curriculum at JCS focuses on exposure to art forms, experimenting with new materials and ideas, and expression as individual creators.
  • Emphasis on problem solving and risk taking challenge thinking and planning.

Spanish

  • The Spanish curriculum focuses on learning Spanish vocabulary, as well as appreciating Hispanic culture. Students enjoy comparing and contrasting our culture and traditions with traditions and customs in the Hispanic culture.
  • Activities include songs, motions, role-plays, games, and many interactive activities to learn Spanish in fun and memorable ways!
  • All students, preschool through 8th grade, have Spanish classes on a regular basis to build up their knowledge of Spanish.
  • When students have an understanding of Spanish and are able to communicate (even basic phrases) in Spanish, they are able to fulfill the second greatest commandment to… “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39) by being able to interact with our Hispanic brothers and sisters in Christ

Physical Education

  • Students demonstrate competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns
  • Students apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance and  to team-sport play
  • Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness
  • Students participate in Fitnessgram Assessment each trimester and set performance goals
  • Students calculate maximum heart rate and target heart-rate zone and regularly measure heart rate after activity to ensure proper exercise intensity
  • Students apply the FITT formula to fitness for life concepts
  • Students exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others
  • Students recognize the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction
     

Library

  • The Jenison Christian School Library is centrally located in our building between the elementary and middle school.
  • Within the library are two sides to accommodate both elementary and middle school students.
  • All students from prekindergarten through 4th grade visit the library with their class once a week. Students throughout the grades visit the library frenquently for research projects.
  • Maintaining a peaceful, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere is one of the library goals. 
  • JCS has an excellent book collection which grows every year.  We have over 11,000 books in our library.
  • Click here to learn more about the Reading Incentive program.
In a changing world, with students in the constant process of learning and growing, Jenison Christian School is a stable, nurturing environment where students can be comfortable, confident, and assured that they are loved by others and by their God.