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Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) defines curriculum as “the planned instructional program to be delivered to the students.” It is not defined as the textbooks or other resource materials used, though textbooks are one of many tools used by NTA to deliver the planned instructional program. Nor is it simply defined as the box curriculum set that can be purchased for the early education level. Key to understanding curriculum is the “planned” element. NTA has identified its intentional instructional model to follow, content to be utilized, and student/child outcomes to be realized, all resulting in the planned instructional program that is implemented on a daily basis. Our instructional program is well documented, teacher friendly, and goals driven, and it is easily revisable as needed.

NTA’s curriculum plan not only contains academic goals but addresses spiritual formation goals and integration of God’s Word as well. Through the instructional program and the Christian faculty that deliver it, the students develop a Christian view of God, humanity, and the world. This view should become the foundation for students’ own values, goals, and lifestyle.

As we strive to attain our mission and vision, we believe it is important to develop programs, strategies, and methodologies within the context of biblical principles, producing graduates with a Biblical worldview.
Expected Student Outcomes:

ACADEMIC THINKING (AT):
1. are well prepared in all academic disciplines, and are skilled in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.
2. are proficient in mathematics and science.
3. have a knowledge and understanding of people, events, and movements in history (including church history) and the cultures of other peoples and places.
4. appreciate literature and the arts and understand how they express and shape their beliefs and values.
5. value intellectual inquiry and are engaged in the marketplace of ideas (open honest exchange of ideas).
6. have an appreciation for the natural environment and practice responsible stewardship of God’s creation.

WORLDVIEW ORIENTATION (WO):
7. have a critical appreciation of languages and cultures of other peoples, dispelling prejudice, promoting interethnic harmony, and encouraging biblical hospitality for the “alien” or “stranger.”
8. are committed to lifelong learning.
9. understand the worth of every human being as created in the image of God.
10. can articulate and defend their Christian worldview while having a basic understanding of opposing worldviews.
11. possess apologetic skills to defend their faith.
12. embrace and practice justice, mercy, and peacemaking in family and society.
13. understand that work has dignity as an expression of the nature of God.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION (SF):
14. personally respond to carrying out the Great Commission locally and around the world in a culturally sensitive manner.
15. understand and commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
16. know, understand, and apply God’s Word in daily life.
17. are empowered by the Holy Spirit and pursue a life of faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
18. treat their bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
19. are actively involved in a church community, serving God and others.
20. respect and relate appropriately with integrity the people they work, play, and live with.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT (SD):
21. know how to utilize resources including technology to find, analyze, and evaluate information.
22. have the skills to question, solve problems, and make wise decisions.
23. understand, value, and engage in appropriate social (community) and civic (political) activities.
24. are prepared to practice the principles of healthy, moral family living.
25. are good stewards of their finances, time (including discretionary time) and all other resources.

Middle School Course descriptions

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6th Math

This course is designed to provide students with an engaging, yet balanced approach to mathematics that includes conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and productive disposition. Topics include Multiply and Divide Decimals, Multiply and Divide Fractions, Algebraic Expressions, Equations, Perimeter, Volume, Probability, and more!

7th Math

 

Introduction to PreAlgebra (Math Connects 2) is designed to provide students with an engaging, yet balanced approach to mathematics that includes conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and productive disposition.  PreAlgebra prepares students for the challenge of the coursework of Algebra 1.

 

 

8th Math

Algebra 1 (8th Grade)

In Algebra 1, students are challenged to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking and creative problem solving while engaging with exciting careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.

PreAlgebra (8th Grade)

PreAlgebra is designed to provide students with an engaging, yet balanced approach to mathematics that includes conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and productive disposition.  PreAlgebra prepares students for the challenge of the coursework of Algebra 1.

 

6th Bible

Description: Examine the Word of God as truth as we seek to understand and apply the Christian principles taught in Scripture.

 

Course Objectives:

To teach the Word of God as truth and to understand and apply Christian principle as the foundation to our lives.

To aid the student to recognize their need for Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

Apply application stories that teach students by example which behaviors please and displease God.

Teach the validity of Scripture and its importance to everyday life.

To equip the student to fulfill the Great Commission.

7th Bible

Description: Focusing on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, students learn to develop and demonstrate Christlike characteristics.

 

Course Objectives:

To teach the Word of God as truth and to understand and apply Christian principles as the foundation to our lives.

To aid the student to recognize their need for Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

Develop Christ like character and demonstrate a life that resembles the aspects that Jesus taught.

Teach the validity of Scripture and examine in detail the “Sermon on the Mount.”

To equip the student to fulfill the Great Commission.

8th Bible

Bible students in 8th grade follow the Lightbearers curriculum to receive comprehensive worldview training. Lightbearers is a video-based curriculum designed to help students clearly understand the tenets of the Christian worldview, and how they compare to the tenets of the leading humanistic worldviews of our day. Students will learn how to apply their Christian faith to every area of life: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, sociology, psychology, law, politics, economics, and history.

6th Social Studies

In 6th grade social studies the text used is Heritage Studies 6 by BJU Press.  Heritage Studies 6 is part of a developmental social studies program used to teach history, geography, government, economics, and cultural skills, as well as a knowledge of God and Christian character.  This course focuses on ancient civilizations and the lessons that can be learned from the past.  Students will also learn the religions of ancient civilizations in order to contrast other religions with Biblical truth.

7th World History

Description: Analyze and evaluate different cultures through the eyes of the Bible and how they different in terms of freedom, equality, justice, and citizenship.

Course Objectives:

To teach that the Word of God is truth and effects every aspect of our lives.

Trace the growth of Christianity and assess its impact on the cultures of the world.

Analyze and evaluate how different cultures have viewed the importance of freedom, equality, justice, and citizenship.

Compare and evaluate various economic systems.

Explain the role Christians must play in a global society.

8th NC History

Description: Examining the geographical, political, economic, and social aspects of life in North Carolina through the pre-colonial era up to the present era.

Course Objectives:

To teach that the Word of God is truth and effects every aspect of our lives.

The learner will analyze important geographic, political, economic, and social aspects of life in the region prior to the Revolutionary Period.

Will examine the causes, course, and character of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and their impact on NC and the nation.

Evaluate the impact of political, economic, social, and technological changes on life in NC.

6th Science

 

Students gain an appreciation of God’s creation through their study of the earth, living organisms and classification, electricity, astronomy, heredity, and the nervous and immune systems.  Students will learn to think scientifically from a biblical worldview and be challenged to be good stewards of God’s creation.

7th Science

A Christian’s decisions should be based on three things: the principles taught in the Bible, the wisdom that God promises to those who seek it, and the knowledge available from your own and others’ observations. In this course you will learn about the observations other people have made of living things. You will also learn what God has said about life and living things. Throughout this course you will study a variety of topics, including, Cell Structure, Cell Activities, Plant Classification, Genetic Changes and Biotechnology, among many other various topics.

8th Science

The goal of this course is not to just teach students earth science, but to shape their view of this subject by placing it under the lens of the Bible’s narrative. It’s story of Creation, the Fall, the Flood, and Redemption brings the study of earth science into proper focus. Students will learn to see tectonic processes, landforms and earth materials, fossils, oceans and oceanography, rivers and lakes, the solar system, the universe and cosmology, and space science through the lens of the Bible’s story.

 

6th English

Students will develop the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication.  We use the Writing Process to develop writing skills in order to write different types of compositions.  Students will also have a weekly spelling and vocabulary list to expand their knowledge of spelling, reading comprehension, and word use in their writing.  Students will read class novels and read independently. In 6th grade English, students will participate in the Accelerated Reader and STAR programs to improve reading skills and comprehension.  The goal is to foster an appreciation of language a gift from God.

7th English

English 7 provides an excellent presentation of English grammar, spelling, and literature. Exciting writing exercises and projects, independent novel reading with Accelerated Reader assessments, and poetry memorization are hallmarks of the course.

 

8th English

English 8 builds upon the grammar skills that were learned in seventh grade. Critical thinking skills are enhanced through reading as various literary genres are explored. Exciting writing exercises and projects, independent novel reading with Accelerated Reader assessments, and poetry memorization are hallmarks of the course.

 

Health and PE

Required 6th … Elective 7th and 8th

Health & PE is a year-long course that will consist of 18 weeks of Health and 18 weeks of PE.  During Health class we will focus on the 4 basic components of mental health, physical health, spiritual health, and social health.  PE classes will involve basic fundamentals of various sports and activities as well as maintaining top physical conditioning.

 
Drama

Elective

This course is designed for students to use their talents for God’s glory! In this course students will take part in learning various types of Dramas. These dramas consist of Monologues, Group Pantomimes, Group Human Videos, and Group Skits. Drama students have the special opportunity to perform dramas learned in class in front of their peers in our weekly Chapel Services.

 

 

Computers

Elective

The Microsoft Office Suite

→MS Word

→MS Excel

→MS PowerPoint

→MS Access

Creating a Website using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)

Keyboarding

→Learn to master the home row and increase typing speed and accuracy

MS Windows Operating System

→Learn the layout and how to navigate the Windows 7 Operating System

 

Creative Writing

Elective

 

In Creative Writing and Speech, middle school students will be taught how to strengthen their writing skills in many different genres of writing.  Each quarter will focus on different types of writing projects, and different styles of writing will be explored.  In addition to writing, students will learn the elements of public speaking.  They will have the opportunity to express their creativity in both areas.  Students in this class will have the opportunity to prepare for participation in the annual ACSI Writing Competition and the ACSI Speech Meet.

 

 

Band

Elective

Middle School Band maters many pieces, both classical and Christian.

 

They perform 4-5 times throughout the school year:

Veteran’s Day Celebration

Christmas Concert

Band Festival

Spring Concert

Graduation Ceremony