A transitional experience for Grades 6-8
A Purposefully Transitional Middle School Program
Cornerstone is a Pre-K through Grade 12 school. Our middle school program for Grades 6-8 is designed to support students as they transition from the self-contained classroom of elementary school towards a high school schedule with multiple teachers.
Study skills courses develop organization, note-taking, test preparation, and time management skills.
A modified schedule familiarizes students with the course rotation of high school while still providing the support needed by this age group.
Teachers value a team approach--working together to support each individual student.
Online assignment tracking, grade reporting and communication system keep parents connected and informed.
Incremental semester exam schedule introduces students to comprehensive testing.
At Cornerstone our teachers understand that middle school students:
Are created by God as unique individuals
Require opportunities to develop their independence with the support of caring adults
Value social interactions and benefit from structured opportunities to work together
Ask hard questions as they develop their individuality and form their worldview
Need a safe place to grow and develop during this transitional time in their lives
Therefore, our middle school program is uniquely designed with:
Rotating, modified block schedules
Integration of content across core subjects
Structured work periods for homework completion
Gender-separate physical education and health courses
Yearly middle school retreat focusing on spiritual formation and bonding opportunities
Opportunities to practice leadership
Middle School Course Overview
Our middle school course offerings are as follows:
Grade 6: Bible, Math Course I, Ancient Civilizations, Physical Science, Language Arts, Study Skills
Grade 7: Bible, Math Course II or Pre-Algebra, U.S. History, Life Science, Language Arts, Study Skills
Grade 8: Bible, Pre-Algebra or HS Algebra I, World Geography, Earth Science, Language Arts, Health, Public Speaking
Common Electives (Grades 6-8): Physical Education, Technology, Band or Choir
Developing Authors, Readers, and Critical Thinkers
Our middle school teachers are committed to helping each child grow and develop academically. It is our desire that each middle school student be engaged in the learning process and go beyond memorization to critical thinking and problem-solving. Therefore, we work to develop each student into an author, reader and critical thinker through the following:
Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life upon which life and education are built. The Bible is the bedrock of timeless wisdom and knowledge, which equips students daily for life. Students are taught to analyze all information in light of a biblical worldview.
Foundations & Frameworks
Our middle school language arts (LAR) courses utilize skills learned through the elementary Foundations & Frameworks (F&F) reading program, which is taught through Grade 6. F&F is a research-based program that utilizes visual tools to engage students in critical thinking and to stimulate meaningful discussions.
Through our course schedule, students are taught to see the connections between courses, such as Science and Social Studies. The novels chosen for the LAR courses align with the social studies courses.
Content Area Instruction
Teachers seek opportunities to instruct students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in all the content areas. These include writing research papers, giving oral presentations, and completing nonfiction reading requirements.
Yearly benchmark projects require students to demonstrate proficient, grade-level writing skills. Projects are assigned in science or social studies courses and involve a research paper and presentation. These projects prepare students for the rigorous research and writing requirements of high school.