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 interest of the student in mind. They participate in a challenging curriculum with the opportunity to earn high school credit for Computer, Spanish and Algebra before they graduate from 8th grade. Technology and hands-on experiences support the instruction and enhance the 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 similar to what one would find in a public school setting (prior to the implementation of Common Core): Glencoe, Harcourt, Zaner Bloser are some of the publishers that are utilized. Middle School students are each issued a MacBook Air laptop to use for accessing online textbooks, conducting research, taking notes, etc. during school and at home.
Students in Middle School choose a different elective each 9 weeks. Every year the offerings vary and expand, including creative writing, journalism, life sports, drama, show choir, video production, television production, computer animation, and more.
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 5th through 8th grade students, during which a minister delivers an age-appropriate, biblical message.