- Exploratory: Students learn more about God, themselves, and the world in which they live through our exploratory middle school curriculum. Student-directed learning empowers students to discover new concepts independently and take initiative in their own learning.
- Integrative: Interdisciplinary teaching helps students to understand that all learning is interconnected and relevant. Students are often encouraged to use transferable skills across different subject areas, developing flexibility and critical thinking.
- Relevant: Middle school students want to know that the work they are doing matters, which leads to higher self-esteem and a greater sense of purpose. Project-based learning encourages students to use their skills to solve real world challenges and problems.
- Challenging: Our middle school curriculum encourages students to set and achieve high goals for their learning. Meaningful and engaging activities give students opportunities for continued growth and promote lifelong learning.
Humanities is an integrated approach to English, reading, and history. This cohesive methodology incorporates rich literature that reflects historical periods or themes, grammar and mechanics, writing, research and study skills, and vocabulary. Students engage in a classical approach to history through the study of ancient cultures in sixth grade, medieval culture in seventh grade, and modern culture in eighth grade.
Science at OCS is taught from a Biblical worldview with a logical and sequential approach. Students study the five core science disciplines – chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and astronomy. Through labs and experiments, students develop a foundational understanding of the scientific concepts and principles that govern our world.
Technology & Engineering
Students learn about the five-step framework of empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test through technology and engineering learning experiences at OCS. Design-think projects encourage students to develop creative problem-solving skills. Technology is thoughtfully incorporated to enhance learning.
Students build a solid foundation of mathematics through meaningful practice of math concepts, discussion of reasoning, communication in mathematical terms, and engagement in high-quality math practices. Our spiral-approach to instruction supports long-term learning while our workshop model encourages small group learning through games, challenges, and discussion. Pacing creates a classroom culture that values perseverance and making connections between concepts and procedures.
During Gathering, students will develop a deeper understanding of God’s Word and learn how to defend and share their faith with others. Students will discuss social and cultural topics from a Biblical perspective and engage in critical thinking utilizing Socratic questioning, real-world application, and a comparative worldview approach. Discipleship opportunities and mentoring relationships are cultivated throughout the year.
Middle school students participate in exploratory rotation classes where broad topics, ideas, and concepts are introduced. Exploratory rotations focus on academic leadership, digital citizenship, fine arts, health and exercise science, and service initiatives. Rotations culminate in a student-directed project, which serves as a vehicle for self-discovery, world exploration, creative and critical thinking, and innovation through the resource of technology.
Our goal for after-school and extracurricular activities is to further nurture and develop the whole child – mind, body, heart, and soul. This can be accomplished through the values gained in team and individual sports, creative, analytical, and innovative competitions, and skills gained through collaborative work in the arts. We currently offer running club, field hockey, and academic clubs to students in Grades 1-7.
Middle School Mentor
The Middle School Mentor (MSM) is an important part of the interdisciplinary team and will support, teach, disciple, and mentor students in seven interrelated core competencies: spiritual growth, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, learning skills, and responsible decision-making. Through meaningful relationships with their MSM, students will feel a sense of belonging, exhibit positive behaviors, and increase their overall academic achievement.