The middle school academic program is designed to challenge students at all levels. Our primary focus is providing a college-preparatory curriculum and expectations that develop and support a biblical worldview. Students receive from their teachers the “best practices instruction” recognized by the National Middle School Association. A unique aspect of the academic program is the effort to weave the curriculum in such a way that units of study incorporate multiple subject areas.


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  • Arts

    Students experience a variety of art forms through exploratory classes. Sixth grade students participate in performing arts and visual arts. Seventh grade students participate in theatre and visual arts. Eighth grade students take Media in the Arts and Visual Arts.

    All middle school students can choose to participate in band as an alternative to the other fine arts classes. Seventh grade and eighth grade students also have an option of auditioning for Concert Choir. Both band and Concert Choir meet during the school day and attend various competitive events throughout the school year.
  • Bible

    Bible classes work together vertically, with courses in the grade above and below, to create an entire study of the Bible. The primary emphasis in middle school is to help develop and cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In sixth grade, students study the fundamental components of Scripture, taking a brief survey of each book in the Bible. Great emphasis is placed on Christian worldview, service, and the New City Catechism.

    Seventh grade Bible is an in-depth look at Genesis through Malachi. Key concepts include, Redemptive History, the depravity of man, and the love of the Godhead. The following year, students spend the first semester exploring the life of Christ and celebrating the coming of the promised Messiah. Second semester of eighth grade year is spent studying the theological implications of the Epistles and the culmination of the Holy Scriptures with Revelations, which reiterates the truths of both testaments.
  • English

    English classes at all middle school levels integrate the skills learned in grammar, writing, vocabulary, and literature. Skills are presented sequentially as students grow developmentally in their communications skills. The study of literature includes a focus on understanding literary devices. Each grade includes studies in short stories, poetry, essays, nonfiction, multicultural writings, and memoirs. Writing is featured in all aspects of literature and grammar studies. 
  • Foreign Language

    Sixth and seventh grade students are introduced to Spanish and Latin, respectively. These introductory classes familiarize students with the language so they are better prepared for the options available in eighth and ninth grades.

    Spanish I and Latin I are high school-level classes offered to eighth grade students who qualify. Each class meets the same requirements as its high school counterpart. Students who take Spanish I or Latin I do not take the nine-weeks exploratory classes.
  • History & Geography

    Sixth graders take World Geography as part of a two-fold academic plan: (1) Knowledge of the design and functions of various world countries and cultures allows students to gain understanding as they activly participate in service outreach projects. (2) Foundational understandings in World Geography are critical in preparing students for seventh-grade World History. 

    Seventh graders take World History. This course parallels units in seventh grade Bible and English classes. Students visit the [Nashville] Parthenon, a culminating event after the study of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a study of mythology in literature. History and literature classes provide a basis for the development of the Greek Festival, a cross-curricular, seventh grade event.

    Eighth graders take American History and Government. This course parallels units in Bible and English classes. Eighth grade students visit Washington, D.C. in the spring and complete a packet of assignments designed to blend what they have learned with what they experience during the trip. Eight grade American History class combines with all other subjects to form the basis for the development of 40s Day, a cross-curricular, eighth grade event. 
  • Mathematics

    Sixth grade math includes a review of basic operations, decimals, variables, fractions, ratios, proportions, data, graphs, tools of geometry, integers, probability, equations, and inequalities. Students who qualify through previous fifth grade coursework performance and standardized testing are placed in Pre-Algebra. These students spend a brief period of time reviewing the basics presented in Math 6. They are expected to perform at the same level as seventh grade Pre-Algebra students.

    Seventh grade students take Math 7 or Pre-Algebra. Seventh graders who have already successfully completed Pre-Algebra in sixth grade take Algebra I.

    Math students will move to Pre-Algebra in eighth grade. Eighth grade students who completed Pre-Algebra in seventh grade take Algebra I. Students who successfully completed Algebra I in seventh grade take Geometry.

    A unique feature of CPA’s middle school math department is the continual oversight by faculty and staff of each student’s progress. This allows for students to be placed accurately from one year to the next based on their developmental level and achievement. Students also have daily opportunities to receive additional help in math through Math Lab. Math teachers are available during this time to help students with concepts that may need to be reinforced.
  • Science

    Sixth graders study earth science, including structure  and formations, geologic history, space, planets, oceans, and weather.

    Seventh graders take Life Science. Units of study are scientific method, cells, heredity, genetics, bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, human body systems, animal body systems, and frog dissection.

    Eighth graders take either Physical Science or Introduction to Physical Science (IPS). Physical Science includes units on matter, solids, liquids, gases, atoms, periodic table, chemicals, motion, forces, machines, energy, and power. IPS units of study are volume, mass, closed systems, characteristic properties, identifying substances, solubility, separation of mixtures, compounds, and a final sludge test requiring a complete analysis of matter. Placement in Physical Science or IPS is based on prior performance and test scores in math and science.
  • Technology

    As seen through our 1:1 iPad program in grades 7-12, the integration of technology is a core priority at CPA. Technology and computer applications are woven throughout the middle school curriculum. Each class takes part in the integration of various skills during the middle school years. Among the wide variety of applications taught are word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia applications, and blogging.

    Eighth grade students also have an option of taking a quarter-long computer class to help sharpen their computer skills in preparation for high school.

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