6th Grade Curriculum
This course will entail Bible research skills, the books of Psalm, Proverbs, and a survey of the Minor Prophets. The emphasis is on the message God presented in each of these books and the various genres the writers used. Students are encouraged to relate the Bible to their own lives as they seek to strengthen or develop a relationship with Christ. Scripture memorization is specific to the course content.
Through this course, the students will develop an understanding and appreciation of God’s gift of language. In reading comprehension, the students will learn to recognize a variety of literary genres and identify the elements of a story. They will learn to read critically and to use a variety of strategies to decode and comprehend the written word. The students will learn to speak and write grammatically and to apply proper punctuation and capitalization rules in composition writing.
This course will present an integrated approach using algebra, geometry, measurement, proportional reasoning, statistics, probability, technology and problem solving. Students will be taught to see how God in His Sovereignty has created an incredible mathematical order to our world.
This general science course will focus on concept development in the areas of Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Reasoning and Technology. Developmentally appropriate opportunities and experiences allow student to construct their own meaning of related concepts consistent with scientific and Biblical knowledge. Process skills such as observing, predicting, classifying, communicating, and inferring are developed.
This course will develop a knowledge of the heritage of the individual through the study of the rise and spread of the world civilizations. A geographical study of modern age global civilizations will include the following: China, Egypt, India, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, and South America. Instruction will develop an understanding of the relationships among nations and will cultivate a Christian worldview.
The sixth grade art curriculum relates the various art projects to different time periods and cultures. This includes paper mache guitars for the Genesis period, Egyptian lanyard weaving during the study of Egyptians, clay sculptures for the Greek culture, self-portraits for the Renaissance period, and Modern Art toy drawings. Special holiday projects are also completed.
Middle School Chorus
Students in Chorus will receive instruction and gain experience in choral singing. They will be required to memorize musical selections which will be performed at school concerts, the Fine Arts Festival, and several other concerts during the school day or after school hours. Part of the grade will be contingent on attendance and participation at all scheduled performances. Students will also study basic music theory concepts and be tested for understanding.
Middle School Band
In Band, instrumentalists apply the basic skills they have learned in the early years on their instrument to an ensemble environment. Techniques such as phrasing, intonation, interpretation, and critical listening are introduced and applied at an intermediate level. It is expected that students will continue with private music lessons so that technical facilities continue to mature in preparation for High School Band.
Introduction to Music
This is a required middle school course designed to expose our students to a variety of musical experiences. The students will sing and perform on instruments independently and in group settings. They will also learn to read and compose music. They will have the opportunity to listen to, analyze, and evaluate music and music performances. Music of different time periods, cultures, and places will also be introduced and analyzed.
Option 1: Private Lesson Instruction
Note: Private instruction is required for ensemble participation
Private lessons on the violin, viola, cello or string bass are required. Thirty minute lessons are available at WCS on the violin and viola and are scheduled weekly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, during the day or after school. Payments are made directly to the instructor. Students are allowed to study privately outside of WCS with another private teacher to fulfill the ensemble requirement. (See Option 2).
30 Lessons are provided yearly. Payment is calculated based on 28 lessons and should be submitted twice a year on October 1st and February 1st. Two lessons are included at no charge in the event of inclement weather or child illness.
14 lessons @ $33.00 = $462.00 due October 1st
14 lessons @ $33.00 = $462.00 due February 1st
Other payment options are available
Option 2: Ensemble Rehearsal
Requirement: Studying privately
This option is for students who are already studying privately (at WCS or elsewhere) Ensemble meets twice a week for 40 minutes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (30 rehearsals)
Fee: WCS Students: Fee included in tuition
Home School Students: $400/year (30 rehearsals)
This introductory course teaches students how to do research and how to use library resources. Students will learn how to access print sources in the Upper School Library and how to evaluate and choose appropriate internet databases. Research assignments from Bible and Social Studies classes give students an opportunity to practice and hone these skills. An in-class research project will cover paraphrasing sources, organizing information, and ethical citation of sources.
The students will be required to apply their elementary computer instruction to projects based on their other instructional courses. The technology education instructor will work closely with the classroom teacher and librarian to develop a program specific to the needs of the students as they relate to individual courses. For example, the 8th grade students will be given specific instruction on primary sources on the internet prior to the History Day project.
The Middle School sports and PE program will introduce students to a variety of sports and offer all students the chance to participate at a level that best meets their individual needs. Some students will participate competitively against other area schools; while others will be involved in an intramural program. We will strive to develop good sportsmanship and an appreciation and understanding of the rules of a variety of games and activities. Healthy lifestyle choices will be stressed.