Middle School Academics

Our middle school teachers understand that middle school students are experiencing enormous cognitive, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.  Therefore, the middle school is designed to meet those unique needs.

Cognitive:  Block scheduling in language arts, social studies, science, and Bible provides opportunity to dig deeper into a subject, and allows for additional time for hands-on projects.  Math is taught every day.  Advanced math students have the opportunity to take algebra I, a high school course, in the eighth grade.  All students take a music class; chorus, strings, or band.  Art, computer, health, and Spanish are also taught.

Social/emotional: Students develop relational skills through the Second Step curriculum, which addresses the following themes:

  • Empathy and communication
  • Bullying prevention
  • Emotion management
  • Problem solving, decision-making, and goal setting
  • Substance abuse prevention

Health class addresses nutritional health, relational health, and reproductive health, as well as substance abuse prevention.

Spiritually:  Students develop spiritually through:

  • Bible instruction class
  • Daily chapels:
    • Teaching from guest speakers
    • Praise and worship
    • Student-led chapels
    • Tribes: small gender-based, mixed age groups
      • Prayer
      • Peer relationships
      • Celebrations
      • Student-to-student accountability

Students take the opportunity to give food and other necessities to people less fortunate.  The eighth grade spends three days serving the homeless and Hispanic communities in Miami.

Physical: All middle school students participate in a physical education class three times a week.  Students in middle school have opportunities to join sports team.  Sarasota Christian School offers volleyball, cross-country, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, swimming, tennis, flag football, and golf.