Middle School

Overview (Middle School in Orangevale)

Our Junior High consists of sixth,seventh, and eighth grade. This time is a very important stage of the students’ lives —both academically and spiritually.

Academically, they prepare to enter their high school years, and spiritually (also emotionally and socially) —they are developing as young adults.

As a leading middle school in Orangevale, we understand the unique needs of adolescents during this critical stage of development. Our experienced and dedicated educators are passionate about fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment where students feel supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Academic excellence is a cornerstone of our middle school’s mission. Our rigorous curriculum is designed to challenge and engage students, promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and independent learning. Through personalized instruction and small class sizes, we ensure that every student receives the attention they need to succeed.

The schedule becomes busier, the academics —more rigorous, and real life begins… We are here to support your student in every possible way.

middle school in orangevale

Six Grade

Abeka prepares your child for junior high through his work with geometry, the chemical elements, and much more!

The Grade 6 Child Kit contains all essential textbooks and coordinated materials, including assessments, for an entire year of schooling in language arts, arithmetic, science, health, and history. Combine this kit with our experienced teachers, and you can confidently teach and guide your sixth grader through a year of academic excellence.

Language Arts

Reading

Classic works by Kipling, Twain, Alcott are just some of the stories and poems that will present your child with literary beauty, Christian ideals, and spiritual values. Thinking and comprehension skills are part of the ABeka reading program.

Grammar and Composition

Creative writing and report writing provide practical applications as sixth graders build a grammar, usage, and mechanics foundation that will serve them well in junior high.

Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry

Your child’s spelling skills and oral and written vocabulary will grow quickly through his work with English words formed with Greek and Latin roots and prefixes and suffixes. Activities in proofreading and learning about the development of the English language are an added bonus! And what an accomplishment when he can recite from memory all 8 poems!

Penmanship

A review of cursive formations is included in Creative Writing, the companion book to Language C.

Arithmetic

Challenge your child with percents and more complex mental arithmetic and word problems.As in the other skills subjects, the A Beka program ensures repetition and maintenance of basic skills and builds a foundation of understanding necessary for more abstract concepts.

Science/Health

Build a bridge between elementary and junior high science as your child studies geology, invertebrates, space travel, and more. In the 7-week Health course, he learns about fitness. He also becomes familiar with health concerns such as drug abuse and AIDS, studying their physical, mental, and spiritual effects.

History

America’s neighbors, Canada and Mexico, become more real as your child explores the history and geography and people of North and South America.

Music Theory and Choir

Every student takes music classes once a week to learn advanced note reading, vocal skills, choral signing, and public performance skills. Students perform at various concerts dedicated to special celebrations throughout a school year. Students can also participate in the Academy’s worship team’s weekly practices.

Spanish Language

Every child takes Spanish once a week. HBCA uses BJU Press Spanish curriculum to enable every student in learning Spanish as a foreign language.

Russian Language

Every student learns Russian once a week. Our experienced Russian language and literature teacher make sure all students enjoy the beauty of the Russian language and poetry.

Seven Grade

Abeka‘s high-quality, traditional-education materials will give your child a solid foundation for excellence in academics and success in life. Our experienced teachers will confidently teach and guide your child through a year of academic and spiritual achievements.

Features

English Literature

Stories about people—pioneers, patriots, professional athletes, etc.—entertain, inspire, and teach young people. Great storytellers like Dickens, O’Henry, and Kipling will develop your child’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. Discussion and essay questions build his thinking skills.

Grammar and Composition

A solid foundation in traditional grammar teaches your child how language works and develops his logical thinking. A variety of writing applications ensure that his communication skills are strengthened.

Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry

Knowing the best word is often what distinguishes the best communicators. The 20 weekly spelling words and 7 vocabulary words from the literature will take your child one step closer toward that goal. And he will learn from memory 8 poems, including “If” by Kipling!

Mathematics

Advance confidently into algebra through work with polynomials, square roots, and simplifying equations. Your child will be introduced to basic geometry and trigonometry in problem-solving exercises that apply concepts.Constant reinforcement of essential skills lays the foundation for success with new concepts.

Life Science

Your seventh grader will get a clear presentation of life science and how all of life from insects to plants to people work together within God’s order and design. Over 250 labeled pictures and charts make it real—and interesting!

World History

Help your child learn about the past from a Christian perspective and plan for the future in light of Christian principles. His study will take him through the halls of history to meet the Egyptians and their pyramids, Rome and its empire, Johann Gutenberg and his printing press, America and the Industrial Era, and more.

Music Theory and Choir

Every student takes music classes once a week to learn advanced note reading, vocal skills, choral signing, and public performance skills. Students perform at various concerts dedicated to special celebrations throughout a school year. Students can also participate in the Academy’s worship team’s weekly practices.

Spanish Language

Every child takes Spanish once a week. HBCA uses BJU Press Spanish curriculum to enable every student in learning Spanish as a foreign language.

Russian Language

Every student learns Russian once a week. Our experienced Russian language and literature teacher make sure all students enjoy the beauty of the Russian language and poetry.

Electives

Junior High School students will be assigned one of the elective classes to help them develop real-life work skills, with a choice of office aid, teacher assistant (for lower elementary), or culinary classes.

Eight Grade

We provide all your child needs! BJU Press and Abeka‘s high-quality, traditional-education materials will give your child a solid foundation for excellence in academics and success in life. Our experienced teachers will confidently teach and guide your child through a year of academic excellence from a biblical worldview.

English Literature

No study of literature is complete without exposure to authors such as Robert Frost, Pearl Buck, and Carl Sandburg. Memorable selections based on missionary and military adventures go straight to the reader’s heart and inspire perseverance and courage. Discussion and essay questions build analytic skills.

Grammar and Composition

Dive deeper into punctuation protocols, antecedents and appositives, diagraming and dependent clauses. Your child will combine his understanding of grammar and usage with researching and writing techniques to deliver quality compositions.

Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry

Knowing the best word is often what distinguishes the best communicators. The 20 weekly spelling words and 10 vocabulary words from the literature will take your child one step closer toward that goal. And he will learn 9 poems, including Frost’s “Stopping by Woods.”

Pre-Algebra

This bridge year begins with a cumulative reinforcement of basic mathematical concepts and procedures upon which algebra is built. Then comes work with topics such as multiplying and dividing polynomials, complementary and supplementary angles, and algebraic word problems, giving your child a smooth transition to Algebra I.

Earth and Space Science

From earthquakes and volcanoes to clouds and galaxies, your child will study features of God’s creation here on earth as well as in the Great Beyond! He will be given a detailed understanding of earth and space science.

U. S. History

Eighth-graders learn about the personalities and events that shaped the American character. The emphasis on faith, patriotism, and moral conviction makes history meaningful for them. A semester of semi-independent projects in civics will teach your child how the United States government operates.

Music Theory and Choir

Every student takes music classes once a week to learn advanced note reading, vocal skills, choral signing, and public performance skills. Students perform at various concerts dedicated to special celebrations throughout a school year. Students can also participate in the Academy’s worship team’s weekly practices.

Spanish Language

Every child takes Spanish once a week. HBCA uses BJU Press Spanish curriculum to enable every student in learning Spanish as a foreign language.

Russian Language

Every student learns Russian once a week. Our experienced Russian language and literature teacher make sure all students enjoy the beauty of the Russian language and poetry.

Electives

Junior High School students will be assigned one of the elective classes to help them develop real-life work skills, with a choice of office aid, teacher assistant (for lower elementary), or culinary classes.