Upper School

Love for God
Love for Learning
Love for Others

Middle school students will face challenges in all areas of life: academic, social, physical, and spiritual. At Indy West Christian School, we are here to walk alongside and help them reach their full potential to glorify God and use their gifts and abilities for the common good of our school, community, country, and ultimately the world.

Grade 3

Third grade is an age of exploration and discovery, where students cultivate reliable study skills, develop individual accountability, and learn to ask questions that stimulate critical reasoning.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Deep Roots
  • Language Arts: Open Court Reading, 6+1 Trait Writing, Comprehensive Cursive Instruction
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Motion and Matter, Water and Climate)
  • Social Studies: IN Timelinks

Achievements and Activities:

  • Living History Museum
  • Mastery of multiplication facts
  • Cultivation of strong study skills
  • Development of cohesive paragraph writing and cursive legibility
  • Study of the Biblical narrative surrounding Israel

Grade 4

Fourth grade students are becoming more independent learners, transitioning from the cultivation of foundational skills to the honing of their analytical and abstract thinking skills.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Deep Roots
  • Language Arts: Open Court Reading, 6+1 Trait Writing, Comprehensive Cursive Instruction
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Energy, Soils, Rocks, and Landforms)
  • Social Studies: IN Timelinks

Achievements and Activities:

  • Continued exploration of concepts such as: division, fractions, decimals, percentages
  • Cultivation of strong study and critical thinking skills
  • Participation in the creating of a mural in the local community

Grade 5

Students experience many “firsts,” from switching classes and teachers each day to participating in school sports, band, choir, drama and technology. It’s also a critical time when peer influence and relationships are very important. Spiritually, students are taking beginning steps to make their faith personal through serving opportunities and developing a Christian worldview.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Deep Roots
  • Language Arts: Open Court Reading, 6+1 Trait Writing, Comprehensive Cursive Instruction
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Living Systems, Earth and Sun, Mixtures and Solutions)
  • Social Studies: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, U.S. History

Achievements and Activities:

  • Continued exploration of concepts such as: division, fractions, decimals, percentages
  • Cultivation of strong study and critical thinking skills
  • Participation in the creating of a mural in the local community

Grade 6

Even though the sixth grade year is one of physical and emotional changes, our sixth graders’ independence shines through at every opportunity. They finish the year as well-trained jugglers, choosing which classes to take, switching classes every 50 minutes, getting used to each teacher’s differences and operating their own locker. Most become involved in extracurricular activities throughout the year too, learning time management and priorities. They also love to have a good time with each other during Spirit Wear days, fundraiser competitions and visiting the Creation Museum.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Positive Action, Survey of the Bible
  • Language Arts: Study Sync, 6+1 Trait Writing
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Electromagnetic Force, Populations and Ecosystems, Planetary Science)
  • Social Studies: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, World Civilizations

Achievements and Activities:

  • Continued exploration of concepts such as: division, fractions, decimals, percentages
  • Cultivation of strong study and critical thinking skills
  • Participation in the creating of a mural in the local community

Grade 7

Intellectually, seventh graders begin to think and reason on a much more abstract level. Emotionally, they start to solidify friendships. Morally, they want to make the right choices and tell others about their beliefs. They also take on more responsibilities in their school work, athletics and extracurricular activities, but those go hand-in-hand with more freedoms as well. Right before our eyes, seventh graders blossom into teenagers who are ready to take on what’s next.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Apologetics and Worldview
  • Language Arts: Study Sync, 6+1 Trait Writing
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Diversity of Life, Gravity and Kinetic Energy, Earth History)
  • Social Studies: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, World Civilizations

Achievements and Activities:

  • Continued exploration of concepts such as: division, fractions, decimals, percentages
  • Cultivation of strong study and critical thinking skills
  • Participation in the creating of a mural in the local community

Grade 8

Students look forward to eighth grade from the moment they enter middle school. Underclassmen praise them for their accomplishments, admire them for the examples they set and spotlight their involvement. When eighth graders graduate, we’re sad to say goodbye to them because they’ve been an important part of every day. But we are also overjoyed because we have faith that the seeds we planted will continue to be nourished and will, with prayer and time, grow into something quite beautiful.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Apologetics and Worldview
  • Language Arts: Study Sync, 6+1 Trait Writing
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Chemical Interactions, Heredity and Adaptations, Weather and Water)
  • Social Studies: United States History: Beginnings to 1877, We The People

Achievements and Activities:

  • Continued exploration of concepts such as: division, fractions, decimals, percentages
  • Cultivation of strong study and critical thinking skills
  • Participation in the creating of a mural in the local community

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