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In 7th and 8th grade at Park Christian School, our goal is to provide a safe place where we can partner with parents to help guide students through a unique phase of life. We want students to successfully transition from the dependence of middle school to the independence of high school. We emphasize personal responsibility. We believe that the effort students make during these formative years of acquiring a base of knowledge, good study habits, and a desire to learn will return great benefits in later years.
The curriculum reinforces the basics of the elementary program and prepares students for the rigors of high school academics. Math, science, English, social studies, physical education and Bible are taught at each level. Students select electives including band, choir, art, study hall, and computers.
In September, the entire Junior High attends an overnight, two day retreat, focusing on relationships with each other and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The retreat allows time for serious conversations, bonding with one another, worship, and lots of memorable interactions.
Throughout the year, opportunities for discipleship are many. Weekly chapels, Bible class, daily devotions, Spiritual Emphasis Week in the fall and Spiritual Emphasis Day in the spring, as well as community service days.
The athletic programs of Park Christian School provide opportunities for our students to participate in competitive sports, encouraged by an atmosphere of love and Christian community. Our coaches strive to train our student athletes to be models of Christian sportsmanship. In addition to athletics PCS provides enrichment opportunities through mathematics competitions, spelling and geography bees, and leadership opportunities such as student government.
Park Christian Junior High students stand out from the crowd. They are the kind of kids you hope your child becomes friends with. The school culture embraces mutual respect and acceptance of others. When incidents come up we believe in restorative action. Love is at the core of our conversations with students.
Students study the Bible as the infallible and inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and examine ways to apply its principles to daily life. The Bible curriculum provides opportunities for students to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and grow in their knowledge of Him. Students are taught how Bible knowledge is relevant to all subject areas and are encouraged to develop a Biblical worldview. As students progress through the junior high school Bible classes, they develop skills to defend the Christian faith and discuss contemporary ethical issues from a Christian perspective. Students are encouraged to become life-long learners of the Bible.
Integrated throughout the Bible curriculum are:
English is the study of language, structure, and literature. The English curriculum includes the study of grammar (parts of speech, punctuation, and their mechanics/usage), composition, listening, speaking, critical thinking skills, and the study of various literary genres. These essential skills enable students to effectively communicate Biblical truths and evaluate literary resources from a Biblical worldview (Jeremiah 1:4-9). At the junior-senior high level English classes include all of the language arts components.
*see the Student Life tab for additional speech opportunities
FINE ARTS - MUSIC
The goal of the music program is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, discernment, attitudes, and character to be active musical participants and informed, discriminating musical listeners (Philippians 4:8). Band and choir are offered as electives at both the junior and senior high levels. These groups study a wide range of literature from diverse time periods, styles, forms, and cultures, along with fundamental performance techniques. Participation is required in all performances. There are additional opportunities for students to participate in regional honor band/choir activities and festivals.
FINE ARTS - VISUAL
Several visual arts classes are offered as electives. The visual arts program provides opportunities for students to develop their creative abilities and to study the four foundational disciplines: aesthetics, art criticism, art history, and art production. The ability to create and express oneself has been given to us by God (Genesis 5:1). Visual arts activities include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and works in paper and other materials. To expand their understanding of art's role in culture and for exposure to the inspiration of other artists, students may be involved in field trips to museums and art galleries. Original artwork from students may be exhibited in area competitions and on websites.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Through the health and physical education program (P.E.), students develop skills to maintain a lifetime of health, fitness, strength, and movement. Cooperative and competitive activities build a student physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually which compliments the PCS philosophy to minister to the whole child - body, mind and spirit (Luke 2:52). Basic skills are introduced and developed in the elementary grades allowing junior and senior high students to participate in games with an understanding of the rules and cooperation necessary between teammates. Christ-like qualities such as honesty, fairness, humility, sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, encouragement, and self-control are integrated with physical activities. A specified number of P.E. and health credits are required for junior and senior high students. PCS is a member of the Minnesota State High School League and co-op teams participate through the North Dakota High School Activities Association.
*see the Student Life tab for additional sports opportunities
Through the study of mathematics, students develop an appreciation that, although God's world is complex, it can be analyzed and studied mathematically and that mathematics is reflected in the creation of the world. Critical and logical reasoning, creative and visual thinking skills, and decision-making abilities are developed throughout the math curriculum. Math classes enable students to acquire the mathematical skills, understandings, and attitudes that they will need to be successful in their careers and daily lives. Students solve real-life problems, reason effectively and make logical connections between classroom instruction and real-world applications.
MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
The media and technology program allows students to explore God's world through print and electronic media. This instruction prepares students for the technology-driven world they will encounter in future careers and personal life. The curriculum integrates keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, desktop publishing skills, as well as business and multimedia experiences, with an emphasis on the responsible use of the Internet. Students are taught how to ethically use information from a variety of sources and media as they gather, synthesize, and disseminate information and ideas.
God is the master designer and sustainer of the universe (Nehemiah 9:6). Developing a foundation of scientific principles with a Biblical perspective allows students to understand the world and become stewards of what God has created (Psalm 8:3-4). The umbrella of science includes life science, astronomy, geology, meteorology, chemistry, physics, human anatomy, and environmental science. The scientific method is used by students as they perform experiments and labs. Students in designated grade levels participate in a science fair sponsored by Park Christian School each spring. Junior High participants in the school Science Fair have the potential to advance to regional and state science fair competitions.
God is the God of the past, present, and future. The social science curriculum weaves history, geography, civics, economics, biblical history, and current events together from a Biblical worldview recognizing God as the creator, sustainer, and possessor of the world and its people (Psalm 24:1). Social science concepts are presented using a variety of teaching methods (i.e. field trips, speakers, technology, projects, drama and hands-on activities). Opportunities are provided for students to integrate social science concepts with other subject areas and everyday experiences.
WORLD LANGUAGES - SPANISH
Learning a foreign language can contribute to a Christian's usefulness in God's service, particularly in the field of missions and domestic bilingual ministry (Revelation 5:9, 14:6). These skills are also of great benefit in many careers, such as: business, medicine, literature, industry, journalism, and education. Students develop skills in vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, writing, literature, and cultural understanding. Spanish is offered beginning in eighth grade.