The 6th through 8th grade years are significant times of growth and transition for students physically, emotionally, spiritually, and academically. Throughout these developmental years of rapid changes, peer pressure, and increasingly challenging school work, we strive to create a nurturing, Christ-centered school environment where it is safe for students to grow and learn.
Our classes build a foundation for future coursework and exposes students to new subjects they may wish to pursue in high school. Our curriculum utilizes project based learning and includes:
Horizon Christian Middle School recognizes that our students are the innovators, educators, leaders and learners for the 21st century. We know students learn best by using their natural curiosity to explore the world around them. Using a variety of modalities, we aim to provide an environment where students are able to experience “a-ha” moments that connect them with scientific concepts.
Students love our weekly Steam Genius Fridays that offer a dedicated class time focusing on innovation. Additionally, each spring we hold a STEAM Genius Mini Maker Science Fair where students have an opportunity to showcase their ingenuity and creativity to their classmates and community.
Kindergarten through sixth grader have many opportunities in music classes to explore the innate musical language of the Creator in whose image they were made. Each child is encouraged to find their own voice while making music in community with others. Through vocal exploration and instrumental experimentation, movement, storytelling and improvisation, students experience the sounds of music first, then the symbols. Music time is active and hands-on, including folk dances and games, playing xylophones, drums and rhythm instruments, keyboards, Boomwhackers, ukuleles, recorders and guitar. Singing and playing together in an ensemble nurtures a respectful community and teamwork, problem-solving and an appreciation for diversity and joyful sharing of one's own gifts.
At our elementary and middle school, we believe that all students are gifted in their various ways and our arts department provides opportunities to develop and showcase artistic expression. Our program introduces students to fun and engaging concepts of design, color theory, art history, contemporary influences, mixed media, and so much more. Students participate in various aspects of visual arts with grade-based projects, the school wide post-it note art show, and investigating the monthly mystery artist. Through these hands-on lessons and projects, their minds are stretched, their skills are developed, and their creativity grows. We recognize that God uniquely gifts us with specific talents and artistic expression as a way to worship Him.
We are pleased to offer drama classes as part of our "Specials Courses". Our classes are taught by our trained drama teacher who has been involved in drama performances for decades and includes instruction in drama, acting and singing. Drama classes not only put a focus on personal growth, but also engage in team-building skills, creative writing and learning to stay engaged while developing listening skills. Students are also taught how the various skills, games, and scripts support and develop their Christian faith.