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Maranatha Christian Schools offers curriculum which is based on a Christian perspective of education. We feel it is important to integrate scriptural principles into each area of subject matter. We continually research a variety of curriculums and have selected materials that will offer your child a high-quality academic education, centered on the principles of God's Word. 

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GRADE 6

Redemption – God’s Design
This Bible course concentrates on preparing students for God’s perfect plan for mankind. This 'real life' course material helps students understand the concept of submitting to His plan, and why. Students are taught that the Bible accounts are fact and the Bible is used as the final authority in all guided discussions. Throughout this course, students are encouraged to apply Bible knowledge to their daily lives all while providing a systematic plan for the practice of daily Bible skills. The lessons in this course are supplemented with optional connections to other subjects including history, geography, math, science, English, writing, speech, drama, and music. 

Course length: 1 year
Material: New King James Bible, Bible concordance, Bible cross reference, Bible dictionary, Redemption – God’s Design (Bob Jones University Press)

GRADE 7

The Life of Christ from the Gospel of John
Seventh Grade Bible students examine the visible and personal Jesus, through the Gospel of John in order to encourage devotion and obedience to God. The essential question is, “"Who do you say Jesus is and how does He influence you?" The purpose of the class is to challenge students to demonstrate that believing in Jesus Christ changes their lives in amazing ways. The student finds life, real life, eternal life, a whole new kind of life that is satisfying and honoring to God. The content of the class includes background information on the life of Christ and focused analysis of each chapter of the Gospel of John. 

Course length: 1 year
Materials: NKJV Bible and The Life of Christ from the Gospel of John by Frank Hamrick (ISBN 10: 0971949123), Positive Action for Christ, 3rd Edition, 2010 (ISBN 13: 9780971949126)

GRADE 8

The Spirit-filled Life of the Believer from the Acts of the Apostles                                                                                               Eighth Grade Bible students learn principles of Spirit-filled living from the history of the early church as recorded in Acts in order to be on mission for and with God. The student is challenged to find practical daily ways to answer the essential question, "“How do I boldly live for Christ?”" The purpose of the class is to evaluate how Jesus continues his work in the life of believers, including the individual student. Acts presents the church at its finest –under attack, but unstoppable. The student will find courage in Christ, even as the Christian today is under attack, yet the Kingdom of God unstoppable.  

Course length: 1 year
Materials: NKJV Bible and To the Ends of the Earth An In-depth Study of the Book of Acts Student Workbook by Jay G. Borkett (ISBN 9781583311325), ACSI/Purposeful Design, 2003 (ISBN 1583311327)


6TH GRADE ENGLISH

English for 6th grade is broken into four key components: literature, grammar, writing, and spelling. This year, students will develop skills that will help them express themselves more clearly and creatively. Pearson curriculum is used for Literature and reading and Prentice Hall Writing Coach for grammar and writing will take students through the writing process in a variety of different assignments and writing genres. Weekly spelling lists are focused on roots, prefixes, and suffixes using Bob Jones Press curriculum.

Course Length: 1 year
Textbooks: Pearson Literature, Prentice Hall Writing Coach, and Bob Jones Spelling 6

7TH GRADE ENGLISH

This is a year-long English course that focuses on reading comprehension and analysis, essay writing, creative writing, spelling skills, vocabulary expansion, grammar usage, and public speaking. The course content reviews all basic skills while teaching new skills with a daily review. Literature units include Tuck Everlasting in addition to a variety of classic and contemporary short stories. The course includes an intensive ten-month writing unit which focuses on process writing through a variety of assignments, including timed writing, narrative, literature response, and persuasive writing. This course is intended to prepare students for success in the subject of English in 8th Grade.

Course Length: 1 year
Textbooks: Pearson Literature, Prentice Hall Writing Coach

8TH GRADE ENGLISH

This is a year-long English course that focuses on reading comprehension and analysis, essay writing, creative writing, spelling skills, vocabulary expansion, grammar usage, and public speaking. The course content reviews basic skills previously taught and teaches new skills with an emphasis on the application of these skills. Literature units include The Hobbit in addition to a variety of classic and contemporary short stories. The course includes an intensive composition unit, taught over a ten-month period, which covers timed writing, multiple paragraph writing, preparation and presentation of speeches and discussions, exposure to a variety of literary forms and techniques, vocabulary development, and instruction in and application of language mechanics. This course is intended to prepare students for success in high school.

Course Length: 1 year
Textbooks: Pearson Literature, Prentice Hall Writing Coach


BIG IDEAS MATH COURSE 1

Big Ideas Math course I utilizes research based strategies with a balanced approach to instruction that opens doors to abstract thought, reasoning, and inquiry. The foundation of the program is the Common Core Standards for Mathematical content and Standards for the Mathematical approach. Students will be introduced to 'Habits of Mind' that help them internalize concepts for a greater depth of understanding. these habits serve students well, not only in mathematics but across all curricula throughout their academic careers. The depth and rigor needed for career readiness and college level courses are being exposed to prepare students to meet the challenge of the new Common Core testing. Numerical expressions and factors, fractions and decimals, algebraic expressions and properties, areas of polygons, ratios and rates, integers and coordinates, equations and inequalities, surface area and volume, statistical measures, and data displays are all part of this Mathematical approach.

Materials required: Textbook - Big Ideas Math Course I (ISBN # 978-1-60840-669-2), Record and Practice Journal (ISBN #978-1-60840-460-5)
Course Length: 1 year

MATH COURSE 2

Course 2 is a comprehensive pre-algebra class that consists of daily lessons that are sequenced to develop a variety of skills and concepts for algebra while making sure the math foundation is concrete. The students build upon prior mathematical knowledge while preparing for Algebra. This course covers integer and real number operations, decimals and percents, exponents and irrational numbers, solving equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, measurements, geometry and data displays. Course 2 provides a balance between basic skills, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving.

Textbook: Big Ideas Math Course 2 Accelerated ISBN 978-1-60840-671-5
Course Length: 1 year

MATH COURSE 3

Math Course 3 is the final course offered before Algebra 1. This course covers variables, equations, integer operations, solving equations and inequalities, fractions, factors, exponents, rational number operations, multi-step equations and inequalities, ratios, square roots, graphing, proportions, percent, real numbers, right triangles, measurement, area, and functions. This course emphasizes the foundation needed for Algebra 1.

Textbook: Course 3, Big Ideas Learning, California Edition: ISBN978-1-60840-672-2 (Student edition)
Course Length: 1 year

algebra 1

Algebra I is a logical and systematic extension of generalized arithmetic. Algebra I covers writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations, including systems of two linear equations in two unknowns. The student will also study monomial and polynomial expressions, inequalities, exponents, functions, rational expressions, ratio, and proportion. The average student spends from one-half to one hour on homework daily. 

Textbook: Big Ideas Learning ISBN-13: 978-1608404520 ISBN-10: 1608404528
Course Length: 1 year
Prerequisites: A comprehensive rubric is used to determine Junior High math placements

geometry

Geometry teaches deductive reasoning and organized thinking. Students study postulates, definitions, and theorems for use in formal proofs and algebraic problems. Students also study plane geometry, solid geometry, straight edge and compass constructions, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent and similar triangles, properties of quadrilaterals and circles, transformations and volume and surface area of solids. The average student spends from one-half to one hour on homework daily.
 
Textbook: Geometry (Publisher - McDougal Littell 2007) – Larson, Boswell, Kanold, Stiff
Course Length: 1 year
Textbook: Geometry Common Core ISBN#0-13-318582-6

 


SCIENCE 6

Science for 6th grade is a passport to learn about the earth, creation, motion, human body, and God's continual plan for our lives. Bob Jones curriculum is used to develop skills such as conducting research, writing and making oral presentations in order to understand the physical world around us according to God's plan.

Grade: 6
Course Length: 1 year

LIFE SCIENCE

Life science is the study of living organisms. Over the course of the year, students will examine cell structure and function, DNA and genetics, plants and animals, and the human body. The theories of creationism and evolution are incorporated throughout the year. Both are presented, analyzed, and evaluated by examining the ideas, evidence, and validity of scientific beliefs and biblical truths. Students will also have the opportunity to perform a dissection.

Fee: There is a one-time $15 lab fee charged at the beginning of the year (subject to change).
Grade: 7
Course Length: 1 year
Textbook: CPO Focus on Life Science ISBN# 1-58892-253-7

physical science

Over the course of the year, students will examine the properties and characteristics of matter, the elements of the Periodic Table on an atomic level, compounds, bonds, forces, and motion. Students will also explore topics relating to space, including the sun, the solar system, and the universe. The Scientific Method and theories of creationism and evolution are incorporated throughout the year. These theories will be presented, analyzed, and evaluated by examining the ideas, evidence, and validity of both scientific beliefs. 

Fee: There is a one-time $15 lab fee charged at the beginning of the year. (subject to change)
Grade: 8
Course Length: 1 year
Textbooks: CPO Focus on Physical Science ISBN# 1-58892-259-6


ANCIENT HISTORY

History for 6th grade will take students on an in-depth tour of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Indus Valley, China, Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire. Our goal is to increase historical knowledge while providing students with the means of making connections to both the past and the present, to see how it relates to the world around us through a Christian perspective.

Grade: 6
Course Length: 1 year                                                                       
Textbook: Pearson: My World History ISBN 978-0-12-372699-2, Workbook ISBN 978-0-13-372701-2 

WORLD HISTORY

This course is designed for students to learn how to conformed to Christ's image by studying the story of people and their relationship to God. This story includes people and cultures from the Dark Ages to the present in all parts of the world. The course brings history, geography, and culture together in an introduction to world history.

Grade: 7
Course Length: 1 year          
Textbook: Pearson: My World History, Workbook ISBN 978-0-13-372701-2 

AMERICAN HISTORY

This course is a comprehensive survey of United States history, intended to give the junior high student a solid foundation of knowledge about the heritage of this country. Students will be able to see the hand of God in action in this American history course - it is ultimately intended to inspire them to conform to Christ's image in their own lives.

Grade: 8
Course Length: 1 year
Textbook: Pearson History of Our Nation ISBN 978-0-13-323004-8, Workbook ISBN 978-0-13-251694-5

6TH GRADE EXPLORATION: COMPUTER

This course is designed to ensure that students have the necessary technology skills for junior high and beyond. Students will learn and practice skills in the following areas: keyboarding, digital citizenship, email creation, word processing using Word, Pages and Google Docs, multimedia presentation using PowerPoint, Keynote and Google Sheets. Students will practice using technology for collaboration. Students will use a combination of PCs and iPads for this class. There will be weekly keyboarding homework.

Grade: 6
Course Length: 1 semester

6TH GRADE EXPLORATION: ART

This course is designed to solidify the student’s knowledge in the Elements of Art (line, value, shape, color, space, texture, and form). A good foundation will be built in this course, allowing students to begin exploring the Principles of Art (emphasis, unity, pattern, rhythm, balance, movement, and contrast) in junior high and high school. This course will include a variety of media, very limited homework, quizzes, and a test. 

Grade: 6
Course Length: 1 semester
Fees: A $10 art fee is charged and a sketchbook is required

6TH GRADE EXPLORATION: SPANISH

This course is designed to be a step up and more in-depth study of the basic vocabulary terms and expressions learned in the previous grade. The students will add more terminology to their vocabulary usage such as names for animals, transportation, household items, while at the same time learning and implementing more grammar tools in order to be able to construct simple sentences and commands. This is a course that integrates all learning modalities with visual activities, games, and music in order to reach and engage all students.

Grade: 6
Course Length: 1 semester

6TH GRADE EXPLORATION: DRAMA

This semester course is designed to introduce students to the art of the actor. Students will:

  • Study basic principles of acting through skits and monologues
  • Explore public speaking and acting techniques
  • Learn basic stage and rehearsal terms
  • Learn about theatre etiquette and the audition process

Grade: 6
Course Length: 1 semester

ART

This is a semester long course aimed at transitioning the student’s knowledge from the Elements of Art (line, value, shape, color, space, texture, and form) to a beginning understanding of the Principles of Art (emphasis, unity, pattern, rhythm, balance, movement, and contrast). The Principles of Art will be the foundation of high school art and this course gives the students a taste of some of the easier concepts in this area. Projects include a variety of media and change each semester so that students can take the art elective more than once. There will be limited homework, quizzes, and a test. 

Grade: 7 or 8
Course Length: 1 Semester
Fees: A $10 art fee is charged and a sketchbook is required

intro to computer

The introductory computer course provides each student with the opportunity to learn the basics of Microsoft office computer skills. In addition to keyboarding techniques, students will learn and practice using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel programs. Students will also be introduced to computer programming using online resources and the Scratch programming platform.The students who complete this course will be ready to use technology to complete academic research for educational and other uses. Note: This mandatory elective can be waived by passing a hands-on computer test (86% or higher). Contact Mrs. Freeman for details.
Test out option May 4 and August 14

Grade: 7 or 8
Course Length: 1 semester

drama

This 7th and 8th grade semester elective drama course will consist of a general overview of theatre to include opportunities to perform in chapels. This course will explore the history of theatre, theatrical vocabulary, storytelling, how to audition and building an ensemble. Drama classes are aimed to provide student’s life-long skills including collaboration techniques. Students will receive an introduction to musical theatre, costuming, theatre makeup and set design. We will discover the gifts and talents that God has given each student.  

Grades: 7 & 8
Course Length: 1 semester

drumline

This class is for our drummers/percussionists. We offer the following instruments: Snares, Tenors (Quads), Bass Drums, Cymbals and Auxiliary Percussion. We will focus on all aspects of drumming including technique, rudiments, reading, and writing. This ensemble will perform all football games, Pep Rally’s, and Christmas and seasonal concerts throughout the year. No experience necessary. Students will need to consider taking their computer class (required) during the summer in order to take this class all year.

Grades: 
7 & 8

INSTRUMENTAL BAND

This beginning band class provides an opportunity to play your instrument(s) in an organized ensemble of musicians. Music theory and note reading will be greatly reinforced through playing and performing various styles of music, written for beginning band/orchestra. Audition for placement is required. This class is offered in addition to other required electives and is only offered during zero period from 7:25-8:10am MWF.

Grades: 6-8

math enrichment

This is a course to help students further develop their skills in mathematics. In this class, students will get help with any areas of math in which they need assistance. This course may be repeated as needed and requires teacher recommendation and administrative approval for assignment. 

Grade: 7 or 8
Course Length: 1 semester

spanish a&b

Seventh and Eighth grade Spanish A and B are offered as two separate semester-long courses that will be taught at the same skill level but with different subject matter, allowing students to take either course, independent of the other in any order. The semesters do not have to coincide with one another. These courses will lay a basic foundation in vocabulary and the major regular and irregular verbs. Students will be able to express likes and dislikes, learn introductions and greetings, implement the correct use of definite and indefinite articles for accurate sentence formation. 

Grades: 7 & 8
Course Length: 1 semester

high school level spanish I

This course introduces the students to basic vocabulary and fundamental sentence structure in the present and preterit tenses using the natural approach. Basic aural and reading comprehension is developed and students hold simple conversations and write short compositions about present and past actions.

Course Length: 1 year 
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in English