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

6th Grade students are placed in one of two leveled math classes aimed to match the individual student’s content understanding. The textbooks used are Holt McDougal, Math Grade 6 or Pre-Algebra. These books follow Common Core standards.

7th Grade students are placed in one of three-leveled math classes: Math Grade 7, Pre-Algebra or Algebra. The textbooks for these classes are Holt McDougal, Mathematics Grade 7 and Holt McDougal, Larson, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra. These books follow Common Core standards.

8th Grade students may be placed in Math grade 8 where they use Holt McDougal, Mathematics Grade 8 or use the same Pre-Algebra and Algebra textbooks with an additional Geometry class for those students who have mastered Algebra at the 7th grade level.


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

For the 2020-2021 school year, CCS adopted StudySync, a complete English Language Arts curriculum designed to meet the rigorous academic needs of today’s classroom. StudySync’s unique blend of contemporary and classic literature comes together with the program’s rigorous reading routines to dynamically instruct students toward mastery. StudySync's vast, ever-growing digital library of over a thousand classic and contemporary, fiction, and non-fiction selections allows students and teachers to access diverse characters and points-of-view through in-depth studies of texts. Skills lessons ensure students build foundational language and comprehension skills, as well as reading, writing, and research on inquiry skills. Extended Writing Projects (EWPs) guide students through the process of writing multi-paragraph essays in a variety of forms. Explicit writing instruction through a combination of writing process and skill lessons, guide students through the stages of planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. StudySync Blasts capture students’ imaginations with short read/write assignments addressing real world topics. StudySync media is designed to amplify student voices, foster collaboration, and elevate the level of academic discourse. Embedded opportunities for self-reflection and collaboration builds social-emotional learning while students set and achieve personal goals, while also working with their peers.

Novel studies may include: Hatchet, The Lightning Thief, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Freedom Walkers, The Hobbit, The Giver, Harriet Tubman, The Outsiders, Lord of the Flies, Diary of Anne Frank, Tom Sawyer, and The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas.

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.