BIBLE - Students work their way through a series of Critical Life Questions addressing specific life issues and related aspects of spiritual formation. The spiritual formation component draws upon four essential elements of Christian identity and maturity: Worship (Psalms), Wisdom (Proverbs), Way (Gospels), and Walk (Epistles).
7th grade Life Questions: Who is Jesus? Why am I here? How do I know my faith is real? How should I live?
8th grade Life Questions: Who is Jesus; The best offense is a good defense; How Can I make a Difference; How should I live.
The Judah Life Curriculum “Relating, Dating, and Waiting”, is also included as part of the Bible curriculum in 7th & 8th grades.
7 Math (Traditional 7th grade math; Textbook: Prentice-Hall Mathematics Course 2) The first part of a 2-year bridge between elementary level mathematics and Algebra 1. It provides practice in basic arithmetic skills (operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions), estimation, measurement, and problem solving as well as develops concepts with percent, exponents, geometry measure, and statistics and probability. It introduces real numbers, proportions, graphing in the coordinate plane, and using variables to write/solve equations and inequalities.
8 Math (Traditional 8th grade math; Textbook: Prentice-Hall Mathematics Course 3) The second part of a 2-year bridge between elementary level mathematics and Algebra 1. It provides additional practice and deeper applications in the areas studied in 7 Math. It also introduces real numbers, formulas, algebraic properties, functions, and working with polynomials.
8 Algebra 1 (Traditional 9th grade level course; Textbook: Prentice- Hall Algebra 1) A one-year course covering the same material as a high school level Algebra 1 course. Students completing the course receive high school credit. The focus is on rational and radical expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, graphing linear and quadratic functions, solving systems and problem solving and real-life applications.
7th grade: Earth Science (Christian Schools International) A general science course, primarily, covering Earth Science (Astronomy, Geology, Tectonics, Water Systems, Meteorology, and Environment). The course emphasizes a basic knowledge of science concepts taught using lectures, discussions, and hands-on experiments.
8th grade: Life Science (Christian Schools International) A general science course covering the disciplines of Life Science and Physical Science (Taxonomy, Animals, Cells, Human Anatomy, Plants, Simple Machines). The course emphasizes a basic knowledge of science concepts taught using lectures, discussions, and hands-on experiments.
7th and 8th grade English (A Beka (grammar), Mosdos Press (literature, vocabulary, composition) Class features a complete course of study in grammar, composition (including literature analysis, research, book reports, and poetry), and literature (including novels and short stories). Selected novels have included these titles: Walk Two Moons; When My Name Was Keoko; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Let the Circle Be Unbroken; The Slave Dancer; Banner in the Sky; The Westing Game; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
7th grade: Geography (Prentice Hall) Course of study introducing all major concepts of World Geography & study of the continents & their cultures. Students are encouraged to participate in the National Geographic “GeoBee” during this course.
8th grade: U.S. History/Constitution (Bob Jones University Press) Course of study covering US History from the arrival of Columbus to the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. An Illinois Government & Constitution Unit is included in this course.
Junior High Speech (limit 20 students; Fee $40; offered only 1st semester; may be selected by 7th and 8th graders) Students will learn how to prepare, rehearse and perform a variety of Speeches, in preparation for IESA Speech Contest. Students will participate in a variety of exercises to instill confidence, strengthen acting abilities and discover their Character.
Drama Class- (limit 25 students- fee $100.00, offered 2nd semester only; may be selected by 7th and 8th graders) This class is an in depth study of the fundamentals of Theatre Arts. The student will be challenged to learn acting skills as well as costume, properties, set and sound designing skills. Students will study the History of Theatre, learn how to create a character and develop their individual acting abilities. Through this process, they will learn how to collaborate with other students and work together to create a final production on March 30th & 31st.
Family And Consumer Science (limit 12 students; fee $35.00; offered 1st semester to 7th & 8th grade students) This course provides students the opportunity to begin developing skills in managing their home and personal lives. Topics may include personal nutrition and wellness, food preparation, sewing techniques, clothing care, home management, interior design, consumer decision-making, family relationships, and child care and safety. Students will experience many hands-on activities and practical skill development. Homework is limited but will involve completing practical tasks at home.
Music Appreciation This is a one semester course for 7th grade students focusing on music listening skills. The class will focus on Western Art Music and American Music, as well as basic Music Theory skills.
Using the National Standards for Arts Education as a framework, students will study musical styles and genres from a historical perspective and compare these to events and social settings within each time period.
Computer Keyboarding (Typing Master) Students learn the skill of touch typing. They gain proficiency by daily practice and increase their speed and accuracy to at least 35 WPM.
Study Skills This course is an interactive video based course that teaches important concepts which help make students successful in school; self-worth, motivation, organization, note taking, memory techniques, reading strategies, test-taking tips, learning styles, goal setting, and time management. These concepts are reinforced using current History and Science assignments. Hopefully, students leave this course with a higher confidence level and find even more success in school
Jr. High Art Students learn to develop their artistic skills by the exploration of different art mediums through several different art projects. Projects may include but are not limited to Drawing, Painting, Paper Mache, Sculpture, Jewelry Making, Collage, and Mixed Media. Basic vocabulary as well as the elements and principles of design are discussed and used. Students will also deepen their knowledge and develop understanding while learning new techniques, skills, artists and processes of creating art.
7th grade: alternate between a semester of Computer Keyboarding and Music Appreciation
8th grade alternate between a semester of Art and Study Skills
7th & 8th graders also have the option of adding Band and or Choir each semester during the last period of the day. Band meets M-W-F & Choir meets T-TH.
PE Class - This is NOT co-educational; Boys meet Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday; Girls meet Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday - Students who are participating in a school sponsored sport are exempt from P.E. during their sport’s season and are assigned to a study hall. Students in PE participate in First Aid (7th) and CPR (8th), for one week during the year.
ADDITIONAL JUNIOR HIGH INFORMATION:
7th and 8th Grade Afternoon activity and service projects at the end of 1st-3rd quarters
8th Grade Spiritual Emphasis Retreat- 3 day trip (end of school)