As in our other departments, middle school classes at Regent Christian Academy are characterized by order, and within their structure offer students a safe place to explore creativity and knowledge.
English, French, science, social studies, and math classes follow the British Columbia prescribed learning outcomes, but with an added focus on Christian perspective.
The study of mathematics brings out a sense of awe and wonder in the design and order of God's creation.
Students receive formal instruction and practice on the concepts mandated by the B.C. prescribed learning outcomes.
We work towards developing students who think mathematically and are able to recognize the connection between the math they are learning and the math they encounter in everyday life.
As students are introduced to the science concepts designated for their grade, they experience the joy of discovering the wonders of creation and understand that the world is an ordered and consistent creation reflecting God's laws.
By teaching science from a biblical worldview, students learn that science activity is directed by scientists' worldviews and values, and they begin to see the holes in errant theories.
Students discover there is overwhelming evidence to support their own biblical beliefs, and they receive the tools they need to defend their beliefs.
English Language Arts
The main goal of language studies is to learn to communicate effectively with others. Middle school students have opportunities to develop communication skills through speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Students study a wide variety of literature including novels, short stories, poetry, fables, and myths. Each middle school class studies a minimum of three novels, one of which is a Christian biography. They receive structured writing instruction and then explore the writing process through journal writing, creative writing, and expository writing. Language learning takes place across the curriculum.
Social studies explores the elements that shape cultures, countries, communities, and individuals.
Units include content mainly from history and geography, but also from anthropology, sociology, economics, law, and political science. We explore how the dominant worldview of a culture influences that culture's framework of human endeavour.
Specifically, we study the kind of society a biblical worldview produces.
Bible is integral to each grade level's course make-up. Biblical principles are covered and students learn how to apply these principles to their lives.
Scripture memory is a key component of the Bible program, and students are required to keep their memory work up to date to qualify for honour roll status or other major awards. In the middle school grades, teachers integrate Bible themes into other areas of the curriculum wherever possible.
Students in grades seven and eight receive instruction from our I.T. specialist in the networked computer lab.
They learn basic keyboarding and word processing skills, and then move beyond the basics to use graphics, spreadsheets, and other applications.
Students are encouraged to produce some of their course work using the skills they have developed in the I.T. class.
A French language specialist teaches our middle school French courses. Students are actively involved during class time by practicing their skills. Foreign language study helps students develop a greater understanding of other cultures, and they see how culture and language are related.