First Baptist’s Middle School helps students to become independent, self-motivated, and successful in all areas. At this influential age, middle school students are surrounded by caring, experienced teachers who have the best interests of the students in mind. They participate in a challenging curriculum with the opportunity to earn high school credit for Spanish and Algebra before they graduate from 8th grade. Technology and hands-on experiences support the instruction and enhance their learning. A traditional 7-period day exposes students to each of the core subjects, including Bible daily, as well as providing them an elective each day to enhance their middle school experience.
Our low student-to-teacher ratios (18 to 1) allow the teachers to address different learning styles and skill levels with small-group and individual instruction, in addition to whole-group instruction. Our curriculum is designed to challenge students to increase their achievement level and provide for a strong transition to high school. Glencoe, Harcourt, and Zaner Bloser are some of the publishers that are utilized. Middle School students are each issued a MacBook Air laptop to use throughout school year to access online textbooks, conduct research, take notes, develop study guides and become computer literate. We have a variety of support services available for our students including academic coaching, tutoring services in math, gifted program, Speech, and Discovery Lab.
Students in Middle School choose a different elective each 9 weeks. Every year the offerings vary, expand, and include: creative writing, life sports, drama, show choir, television production, computer applications, Fit for Life, study skills, Debate, Gardening, Yogalates, art, Yearbook, Leadership, and Travel USA.
Each day students participate in Bible class. Our non-denominational curriculum, from Positive Action publishing, provides an opportunity for scripture study and discussion, and character building throughout the year. Students also attend a chapel service on Wednesdays with 6th through 8th grade students, during which a variety of speakers provide inspirational messages through music, mission trips, the challenges of middle school, strengthening our faith, and growing in community service and leadership.