The philosophy behind our middle school curriculum is the belief that learning occurs best through authentic, hands-on activities. When lessons are presented with creativity and relevance, adolescent minds are fully engaged. MPCS students experience this through fully equipped science labs, math manipulatives, classroom debates, and technology integration. Questions are encouraged. Conversation is promoted. Critical thinking is fostered.

Real-world experiences and authentic scenarios undergird the core curriculum, promoting problem-solving and lending relevancy. These experiences include an annual student forum, hands-on experiements in science, and overnight academic travel such as the eighth grade week-long trip to Washington D.C.

Our teachers are Georgia-certified educators who are dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating biblical truth into all aspects of school life. Small student-to-teacher ratios are valued for individualized instruction.

Grade levels are organized into academic teams of four to five teachers. Academic teachers deliver instruction in the core subjects while an exploratory team of teachers provides daily opportunities for student self-expression.

The Program

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  • Academics

    Daily core subjects include language arts, math, social studies, science, and Bible, all of which are taught through student-centered methods in a climate of high expectations. In addition to interactive weekly chapels, every subject is taught through the lens of biblical Truth.
  • Advanced Courses

    Advanced content classes are offered in math and language arts for qualifying students.
  • Directed Studies

    The Directed Studies program for middle school offers student support in math and language arts for non-traditional learners. There is an additional fee for this support program.
  • Exploratories

    Exploratory classes may include art, chorus, dance, band, orchestra, drama, technology, and Spanish. Physical education can include personal fitness and outdoor education, such as kayaking, climbing, archery, fishing, and more.

  • Extracurriculars

    Sports teams offered include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, equestrian, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

    Art, drama, dance, chorus, band, and orchestra are available as exploratory classes and as extracurricular activities. A middle school drama and musical are both presented each year (by audition), and middle school students participate in the marching band program in eighth grade.

    Other opportunities for involvement include:  Middle School Student Forum, National Junior Honor Society, drum line, robotics, and more.
  • Technology and Media Integration

    1:1 Connected Learning Program
    During the 2016-2017 school year, the seventh grade class participated in an instructional technology pilot initiative where each student received a school-provided personal device. This device functioned as both a laptop and tablet for students to use at school and home. The overarching instructional purpose of this initiative was to explore teaching methodologies that could provide students with increasingly personalized learning experiences, exploring potential expanded options of this delivery model to additional grades.
     
    Due to the success of the initial pilot, the 1:1 initiative was expanded to include all middle school students. The middle school teachers all work to utilize Surface Pro 4 devices for enhancement of their instructional lessons. From collaborative writing within Google Docs to creating informational videos, students are learning to utilize these devices as tools to further their learning. Teachers have strongly embraced the use of devices in their classrooms and have become more creative and innovative in their lessons, providing students with memorable and impactful instruction.

Middle School Highlights

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  • Annual Student Forum Elections

    Each year approximately 300 middle school students and faculty gather in the Kristi Lynn Theatre for a full-scale political convention. Homerooms are divided into "states" with student-selected names, such as the "State of Grooviness." Students come dressed in costume with banners ready to campaign for their favorite candidates. Following a roll call of the states, each candidate is introduced by their campaign manager and delivers a compelling speech about their platform. The culmination of the event is the casting of votes and election of an eighth grader to serve as president.
  • Community Service

    Middle schoolers live out servant-leadership through service projects with Operation Christmas Child, Ronald McDonald House, Jump Rope for Heart, MPCS Community Service Day, mission projects and trips.
  • Peer Mentoring

    MPCS middle schoolers are smoothly transitioned into ninth grade through the Peer Mentoring Initiative, where freshmen are mentored by upperclassmen.
  • Travel

    Relationships are forged and world views are broadened during a seventh grade trip to historic Charleston, a sixth grade caving expedition to Tennessee, an eighth grade trip to Washington D.C., and local and foreign missions opportunities during the school year.

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