DISCIPLES IN THE MAKING
Grades seven and eight at Timothy Christian Schools are more than a prelude to the high school years. They are an intentional effort to combine a rigorous academic program with a culture that encourages self-discovery and Christian community. Middle school classes capitalize on the growth from the student’s elementary years and link it with the best of what is to come in high school. Crafting experiences that assist our middle school students to grow academically, socially and spiritually is what we do best.
Middle School Administration
Dr. Tim Hoeksema
Director of Teaching & Learning
Coordinator for Student Services
Our new state-of-the-art middle school facility
Our new middle school building opened it’s door on September 18, 2017 providing our 7th & 8th grade students with a greater sense of identity on campus. The 60,000 square foot building delivers a 21st–century learning environment with greater opportunities for collaboration and strengthened technology.
A FULL RANGE OF EXPRESSION: Middle School Curriculum
Middle school students experience rigorous programming in the core subjects, English, language arts, math (pre-algebra, algebra), science, and social studies. Students are offered several electives that extend their experiences in areas like STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). A Biblical perspective is taught not only in Bible class, but integrated into every subject. There are additional services both inside and outside of the classroom that support the whole child. A team of support staff surround our students and teachers as we work to meet the needs of every student. Our Student Services Team provides classrooms and teachers with resources to support student growth and goals. This team includes a speech and language pathologist, a social worker, a student services coordinator, educational support teachers, and a Director of Teaching and Learning.
Educational Support Services
As part of our mission to reflect God’s kingdom by serving a diverse range of students, Educational Support Services provides academic support to students from kindergarten through 8th grade. ESS staff offer support at all tiers, including consultation with classroom teachers for all subject areas as well as co-teaching, push-in support, small group interventions, guided study periods, supervision of academic aides, and individualized instruction in reading, writing, and math. Our staff are highly qualified and utilize evidence-based strategies and interventions. Student progress is closely monitored to ensure all students are responding to instruction and intervention. ESS teachers also coordinate Individual Service Plans and Accommodation Plans for students who qualify.
From the visual arts to music, drama, band, and orchestra, students in middle school have many opportunities for participation and enrichment. We offer an excellent visual arts program for 7th and 8th grade students. Our philosophy of art education encourages individual expression and creativity, and the art curriculum is discipline-based, meaning art history, aesthetics, and art criticism accompany our student’s time. Students attend art classes once a week to learn how to express themselves through a wide variety of high-quality media. Middle school students learn that music is an integral part of creation and it speaks to each one uniquely and beautifully. Students learn how music enriches and deepens faith and is in the curriculum for discovery, use, and praise. They will listen to it, sing it, read it, move to it, play it, create it, and interpret it. Music is God’s gift to us as well as our gift to Him. It is a way for us to express our thoughts, our beliefs, our feelings, and our praise.
There are a variety of competitive athletic opportunities. Since 2012, the middle school has participated in the Suburban West Athletic Conference (SWAC). SWAC was intended to bring together schools of similar size and commitment to their athletic programs. Middle school sports include:
- Girls Volleyball
- Boys Soccer
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- Girls Soccer
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
Middle School Worship
Middle school chapel meets once a week on Wednesday. The worship band features students on stage and also in the sound booth. Chapels may feature an area speaker, prayer, or a homeroom led worship. In fact, each homeroom is responsible for leading a chapel. The goals of middle school chapels are to worship, challenge our students’ faith, be relevant to daily life and invite participation.
Extracurricular & Clubs
Students in middle school have the opportunity to participate in various extracurricular activities and after school clubs. Opportunities for middle school include:
- Bible Journaling
- Chess Club
- Clay Club
- Writers Club
- Drama Club
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