Middle School (7-8)

Middle school includes 7th and 8th grade at Providence. Middle school students are still excited about learning, but they need more challenges in their academics. They naturally become more analytical in their thinking, so our teaching becomes more focused on logic arguments with an emphasis on debate and the ability to synthesize and support new ideas. They like to order things more, seeking to know the how and why behind the facts.

Our middle school teachers try to harness these tendencies through research and debate, written papers, oral presentations, and formal logic (starting in 8th grade). Drama, re-enactments, and role-playing are all tremendously effective teaching tools for the logic student. Classes will also include guest speakers and special trips as often as is feasible.

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Activities

Middle students represent the transition between grammar and secondary, so these students are involved in activities from both sides.

  • House system. Students from 7th-12th grade are divided into six houses and they remain in these houses until they graduate. The house system provides camaraderie, culture, and traditions—students, faculty, and families come together for various activities that cross ages and grades and give students a sense of honor, teamwork, sacrifice, and responsibility in keeping with their growth as young Christian men and women.
  • Geography Bee (grades 4-8). All students practice and participate in a class-wide geography bee, encouraging students to memorize scientific facts and learn more about God’s creation.
  • Latin Club. Optional, extracurricular activity for students interested in learning even more about Latin than the core curriculum.
  • Geography Club. Optional, extracurricular activity for students interested in learning even more about geography than the core curriculum.

Curriculum

Here’s some of what students learn in 7th and 8th grade:

7th Grade 8th Grade
Bible Christian studies Old Testament survey
Literature Bullfinches’ Mythology
Alice in Wonderland
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
To Kill a Mockingbird
Frankenstein
Animal Farm
The Merchant of Venice
The Metamorphoses of Ovid
History Early civilizations to the age of reason; geography Renaissance to modern times; Pacific Northwest
Math Pre-algebra Algebra
Science Earth science Logic
Language Latin IB Latin II
Electives Concert choir
Study skills
Home economics
Keyboarding
Concert choir
Drama
Art
Debate

Other Resources

You can learn more about the classroom supplies, reading lists, and activities for middle school on the Secondary Class Resources page.