This course is designed to help students establish a Biblical worldview through Thinking Like A Christian by Summit Ministries. This study is designed to help students identify worldview in current events, compare and contrast some of the major worldviews seen today, and uncover the truths of the Bible as we look at the world. Specific days of the class are set out for leadership growth where students receive reinforcement on the seven habits of highly effective people while concurrently applying CLA’s ten leadership traits. Students will continue their career exploration using Florida’s MyCareerShines website and begin to narrow their focus on possible career choices. Finally, students conduct service projects to put their leadership ideas into action. All the while, students are memorizing scripture to continue their growth and ownership of their faith.
Pre-Algebra or Honors Algebra One
In 8th grade students begin their formal study of Algebra by taking either Pre-Algebra or Honors Algebra One. Honors Algebra One is a high school credit course. In this course, students learn algebraic skills such as functions, inequalities, statistical models, polynomials, quadratic functions, and inverse relationships. Algebra One students are offered a chance to take and pass the Florida End of Course Exam (EOC) in order to earn the Florida public high school graduation requirement for the course.
Honors Cultural Geography
In this high school level class, eighth grade students study several different areas of the world through learning about people groups, cultures, and practices that include economic regulations, heritage, customs, traditions, map studies, and many other aspects of societies from every continent. Students earn an honors high school credit for this course.
English/Language Arts in eighth grade has several subsections to engage each student’s abilities in reading and writing. Students have regular discussions, assignments, and opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge in the following areas: spelling, vocabulary, literature analysis, grammar, writing (fiction and nonfiction), and reading comprehension (fiction and nonfiction).
Honors Earth & Space Science
Eighth grade students are enrolled in a high school credit honors science course titled Earth and Space Science. Students study the composition of the earth, the history and the dynamic of the earth, reshaping the crust and atmospheric forces, and oceans and space.
Honors Spanish 1B
Students who take Honors Spanish 1A in seventh grade and Honors Spanish 1B in eighth grade earn a high school credit for Spanish 1 by the end of eighth grade. Students practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through a variety of activities, games, videos, songs, and projects. Students also have opportunities to present special projects on various aspects of Hispanic culture. Even if this is a first experience with the Spanish language, students emerge from this class feeling confident in their budding foreign language skills.
Five physical qualities make up the foundation of the program: Mobility/Flexibility, Speed, Strength, Agility, and Endurance. Students are pushed to the limits to reach health and wellness goals, all while having fun.
Middle School students who participate in extra/after school curricular activities as well as students needing extra reinforcement in their academics benefit greatly from having this time frame to ask questions and excel in independent assignments as they continue to learn time management.
Middle School music class focuses on how to recognize scales, harmony, rhythm, and notes in relation to each other. Students practice vocal warm-ups which help develop the sense of different tones. Band students have an opportunity to learn to play an instrument, read music, and develop performance skills.
Middle School students use art as an opportunity to generate and conceptualize artistic ideas, organize and develop art using multiple mediums, and gain knowledge of art history. Likewise, students are challenged creatively to refine, analyze, and apply criteria to evaluate artistic work. Students have several opportunities to work with peers to synthesize personal experiences to make art.
Theater classes at CLA will create an environment in which students will learn more about themselves and their God-given gifts. All classes will help students refine poise, confidence, and speaking skills. Through interactive learning, students will learn creative expression, technical aspects of theater, performance and reading of theatrical literature, scene writing, and much more.
*Elective options such as art, music, band, theater, and PE may vary from year to year