Jr High (7th & 8th Grades)

Junior High includes students at the logic (7th-8th) stages of learning. At this level of spiritual, academic, and moral development a student is ready to make connections between subjects of learning and to ask questions about the topics raised in a class. They will begin to challenge the ideas presented and start thinking biblically, learning to base their logic on the Word of God in preparation for the rhetoric stage. They will also begin to see history, literature, and science more clearly through the lens of Christ. Built upon an intentional program at the grammar stage, this logic stage makes use of the inquisitiveness and energy of their students in skits, discussions and written arguments. In addition, we enrich core subjects with bible, music, art, and drama. More responsibility is expected of students in this new paradigm.

At ACCA, we believe with other Classical Christian educators that “the teacher is the lesson.” While we aim to maintain challenge in our academic disciplines as we prepare them for the rigors of high school, the aim of a class always rises above its text: Latin solidifies the order of language, science kindles a desire to find order and express wonder at God’s creation, mathematics reveals underlying structure in varying magnitudes of creation, and the humanities display God’s unending providence in the superintendence of man’s affairs. 

Examples of curriculum are:

  • Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra / Algebra 1 
  • Apologia and Answers in Genesis Sciences
  • History Revealed (Ancient, Medieval, Modern)
  • Language Arts (CQLA) includes classical Grammar, Composition, Spelling, etc
  • Memoria Press 1st Form / 2nd Form Latin
  • Informal Logic
  • Bible - Romans, Screwtape Letters, Essential doctrines
  • Selected novels for literature including: The Iliad, The Odyssey, D'Aulaires' Greek Myths, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Much Ado About Nothing, Winning His Spurs, The Hobbit, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows, Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature

7th & 8th grades meet on campus all three days (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays). We have structured the class time to accommodate finishing as much "homework" on those days as possible, freeing up the parents to focus the other two days on areas which their children need more instruction and practice time. This also allows for students to pursue extra-curricular activities such as learning and instrument, playing sports, or being involved in a club. However, now that the students have reached the junior high stage, more and more work will need to be accomplished at home (such as reading and composition, etc).