Inspiring Students to the Great Adventure of Life with Christ
During the middle school years, from a physiological perspective, students go through a complete overhaul of their body and brain. They are one person when they enter 5th grade and a completely different person when they leave 8th grade. With this knowledge we have created a Middle School experience that helps navigate students through these changes. Not only are they changing, but the world around them is also rapidly changing around them. Consequently, we have developed an environment that focuses on meeting the needs of value, purpose, and connection. Along with intentional programs to deal with ever-changing issues and give students the vital life skills needed for navigating the adolescent years and beyond.
We have also created an academically challenging environment that recognizes that each student is wired uniquely gifted with different strengths and abilities. The focus is on the reward of learning and encouraging students to give their personal best, without the pressure of striving for the ‘A’ at all costs. Students are well prepared for the transition to Upper School at the completion of 8th grade.
In the Middle School our mission is to “Inspire Students to The Great Adventure of Life with Christ.” Beyond just making a personal decision to follow Jesus, we desire to help point the way for students to see that God has designed and created them for special and unique purposes to change the world. To that end, here is a list of what Middle School students at Legacy Christian can expect:
Passionate and Engaged Teachers
At Legacy Christian Academy, teachers understand that they are not just hired to teach content. Teachers that love their subject and can engage their students are hired to a place of ministry where they can inspire students to The Great Adventure. Our promise to you is that we will, “Know your child. Love your child. And prepare your child.” The most common compliment students have about Legacy Christian Academy is the relationship students forge with their teachers.
Through each of the four years of Middle School students will be engaged in approximately 16 specific lessons, presentations, and discussions giving students the vital Life Skills that they might not learn anywhere else. Major areas of learning include Mental Health (think stress, anxiety, depression, coping skills) Physical Health, (think puberty, hygiene, nutrition, exercise, body image, drugs, and alcohol), Personal Relationships (think conflict resolution, friendship, family dynamics, diversity, bullying, relationships with the opposite gender), Strengths, Study Skills, Finances, Technology.
This is our intentional leadership and discipleship program that happens throughout the year. All 5th and 6th-grade students are placed in small groups and are given a leadership pairing from 7th and 8th-grade students. Students go through a basic Bible study. Relationships are built across the grades and students are encouraged in their faith and challenged to continue on the Great Adventure.
All 7th and 8th-grade students have their own gender-specific small group and meet weekly with a teacher. The focus is on relationship building and character development with the main idea being that we are most like Christ when we develop a strong character.
All 7th-grade students are enrolled in a year-long class that is focused on the development of a strong character. In a world that seems to be lacking in character and virtue, the focus in this class is to instill those seemingly lost character traits. When we are CharacterStrong, we are looking for ways to serve others and our acts of service will give us the opportunity to express the goodness and the grace of God to us.
During the course of the year, all Middle Students are involved in one or more opportunities to serve. Currently, we serve with Feed My Starving Children and Gracebridge Food Pantry in Celina.
March Madness is our missions week program for the Middle School. The week before spring break everyone in our middle school will have an opportunity to serve others through various programs. The 5th and 6th grade will serve through local mission programs on selected days, while the 7th and 8th graders will have the opportunity to go on one of our mission trips or serve through a local missions program. The Mission Trips below to Houston and Puerto Rico are additional costs outside of tuition.
Helping Hands to Houston is our 7th-grade mission trip. Each seventh grader has the opportunity to serve on this weeklong overnight trip. We will be working through Praying Pelicans Missions to assist local churches in meeting needs throughout their communities.
Serving Puerto Rico is our 8th-grade domestic mission trip with an international flair. Students will fly to Puerto Rico for the week working through Praying Pelicans Missions to assist local churches in meeting needs throughout their communities. An exciting opportunity to serve a diverse and dynamic culture to see how God’s work knows no boundaries.
In 7th and 8th grade, all students get to participate in a wide variety of electives that are non-academic and interest-based. These electives provide opportunities for students to come alongside peers and teachers to build relationships and attain skills in areas of interest. Electives include Cooking, Martial Arts, Photography, Crocheting, Robotics, Furniture Restoration, Board Games, Sports, and more.
Overnight Field Trips
5th Grade Sky Ranch Science Camp
6th Grade The Ark Encounter – Kentucky
8th Grade American History Trip to Virginia and Washington DC
When combined with a supportive partnership with parents, the Middle School at Legacy Christian Academy is a great place for students to receive the education of what really matters in life. We hope you will consider joining us!