Junior High students are less interested in finding out facts and more interested in asking “Why” questions. In the classical educational model it is called the “Logic Stage”. This is when the child begins to pay attention to cause and effect and to the relationships between different fields of knowledge and how they relate. During this period students are ready for abstract thinking and we begin to teach them logic. Logic is applied to all academic subjects. The logic of writing includes paragraph construction and thesis development. Logic of reading encompasses critical and analytical skills, not just reading for information; the logic in history demands that the student find out why historical events occurred.
Junior high students have a seven period day with a variety of teachers. The classes average about 13 students. P.E., Bible, Latin and some elective classes are combined with the high school students.
The Educational Approach:
Characteristics of Junior High Students and Teaching Methods
Students at this stage are excited about new things and need challenges. They are curious and want to know the “Why” behind the facts they are learning. These students love to argue and debate just about everything.
The junior high years are some of the most rewarding years for teachers as they try to shape and mold these ambitious minds. We start teaching the students logic and how to apply logic to all subjects. Debates and persuasive reports are central in our teaching methods. Visual materials such as time lines, charts, and maps are used to help students critically evaluate subject materials. They begin to write and present research papers. Guest speakers and field trips are also included.
Two-Year Course of Study:
Bible (two semesters) - Basic Christian doctrine and scripture memorization
Excellence in Writing
Literature (corresponds to current history curriculum being studied)
Shakespeare studied: Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth
Spelling and Vocabulary
Logic (one semester)
Speech (one semester)
Life Sports (Volleyball, Pickle ball, Fitness, etc.)
Various Elective Choices Offered Periodically:
Fine Art - watercolors, drawing