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Curriculum

CCS uses carefully considered criteria for choosing our Junior High curriculum.


A curriculum selection committee that included teachers, school administrators, and an independent university curriculum professor analyzed California State Academic Standards, National Common Core Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards in order to choose the best available curriculum for each subject. Textbooks are chosen that provide a balance of enriching activities and core subject material integrated with technology, biblical truths and critical thinking skills.

Core Subjects

Mathematics

All junior high students are given a math placement exam, which is considered in conjunction with standardized testing and teacher recommendations, to ensure that they are challenged by high level content and have their needs met to propel them to success. These placement tests are repeated each year to assess and acknowledge student progress and ensure that students’ individualized needs are met through correct placement. Our textbooks meet or exceed Common Core standards.

6th Grade students are placed in one of two leveled math classes: Math Grade 6 or Pre-Algebra. The textbooks for these classes are Holt McDougal, Mathematics Grade 6 or Holt McDougal/Larsen Pre-Algebra.

7th Grade students are placed in one of three leveled math classes: Math Grade 7, Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1. The textbooks for these classes are Holt McDougal Mathematics Grade 7, Holt McDougal/Larson Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.

8th Grade students are placed in one of four leveled math classes: Math Grade 8, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry. The textbooks for these classes are Holt McDougal Mathematics Grade 8 and Holt McDougal/Larson, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry.

History

Junior High history classes use the engaging digital TCI History Alive! curriculum. Each lesson starts with an essential question and incorporates note-taking skills, group collaboration, primary source analysis, student discovery, and projects. History Alive! The Ancient World: As 6th grade students explore the great early civilizations of Egypt and the Near East, India, China, Greece, and Rome, students discover the secrets of these ancient cultures that continue to influence the modern world. History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond: 7th grade students explore the legacy of civilizations from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism immerses 8th grade students in a powerful journey through the history of the United States from its foundations to the age of industrialism. This class provides a context for their spring trip to Washington D.C.

Language Arts

During each language arts period, students will work in many strands of the English Language Arts Curriculum under the Common Core California Performance Standards: reading, writing, language conventions, listening, speaking, and viewing. In addition to using literature textbooks, novel studies, and research projects, writing assignments develop a strong grammatical foundation. Students engage in both informal (class notes, journals) and formal (narrative, expository, persuasive/argumentative, and technical modes) writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. Our students are exposed to both informational and fictional texts in a variety of genres and modes of discourse, including technical texts related to various subject areas and select novels. All grades use the Holt McDougal Literature textbooks for Grades 6, 7, and 8. Novel studies may include: Esperanza Rising, The Cay, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Giver, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Animal Farm, The Outsiders, and Woods Runner.

Science

The Next Generation Science Standards have raised the bar, encouraging students to view the world as innovators and problem solvers. The Amplify Science curriculum used by 6th and 7th Grade was developed in conjunction with the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Students solve real world problems using a variety of evidence sources, digital simulations, media, and physical models. 8th Grade students use Christian Schools International Physical Science textbooks as they cover a variety of topics that include chemistry, the structure the atom, different types of matter and their properties, physics, mechanical dynamics and more.

Bible

All junior high students have daily devotionals in their homeroom, which provides the opportunity for students to support one another and grow deeper in the walk. In addition, junior high students attend 24 chapel programs through the school year. Chapel programs include a time of worship and singing and a variety of speakers that teach lessons relevant to the students’ lives, as well as offering opportunities for the students to develop their leadership and communication skills by presenting at chapel themselves.

6th Grade uses the book The God-Man: Christ in the Gospels as the foundation for a Bible study that explores the identity and purposes of God’s Son, as revealed through His earthly ministry. By exploring Christ’s work from His preexistence to His ascension, students learn how to apply spiritual truths to their lives, as they are being shaped by God into the image of His Son, Jesus.


As 7th Grade students face more and more decisions on their own, they find that their new freedoms are followed by greater responsibility and higher expectations. Using Wise Up! Wisdom in Proverbs as a supplemental resource, lessons combine portions of Proverbs in relation to other passages and important individuals in the Bible. The goal is for each student to grow spiritually and display the wisdom from the book of Proverbs in their lives, both at school and home.


8th Grade students complete a survey of all 66 books in the Bible, using Route 66: Travel Through the Bible as a supplemental resource. Lessons will combine Bible study, devotion, discussion, and personal reflection on each book of the Bible. It is our goal for each student to grow in their own understanding and faith as they delve deeper into God’s Word.