Core Course and Elective Descriptions
Christian Studies 7, Gospel of Mark (Required, one semester)
This course is a study of the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s gospel is believed to be the oldest of the gospels, and it focuses on the servanthood of Christ. Students begin with a brief study of general information about the New Testament before transitioning to the book of Mark. Students study the Gospel of Mark through a variety of activities including class discussion, art projects, journaling, and small group Bible studies. Students add to their Progress of Redemption Art Portfolio, which returning students begin in sixth grade.
English 7 (Required, full-year)
Driven by student interest and choice, students read diverse texts as students thrive when they choose what they read. Students and teachers collaborate to set reading goals at the beginning of the school year. Throughout the school year, one-on-one conferences with the instructor help students reach their individual reading goals. Additionally, students learn literary analysis through assigned readings, focusing on authors such as Gary Soto, Julia Alvarez, Langston Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, and more. Students learn to respond with critical thinking in writing as they are taught how to use structure and apply basic grammar, usage, and mechanics. Students also compose an MLA-formatted research paper, learning the process of evaluating sources, summarizing, paraphrasing, and citing. Technology is utilized to enhance learning in a variety of ways.
Mathematics (Required, full year)
Seventh grade students take either Math 7 or PreAlgebra. Placement is based upon their sixth grade yearly math average, achievement test scores, and teacher recommendation. All students work on ACT prep-type questions as well as other standardized tests in order to develop stronger test taking skills. Students participate in additional activities to develop problem-solving and thinking skills.
Math 7 topics include ratios, proportions, percents, solving equations, solving inequalities, probability, functions, and data analysis while strengthening skills used in operations with fractions, decimals and integers. Area, volume, and perimeter are some integrated geometric concepts. Textbook: Middle School Math Course 2, McDougal Littell
In PreAlgebra, students study algebraic concepts including order of operations with real numbers, linear functions, variable expressions, proportions, ratios, percent, probability, trigonometric ratios, data analysis, and the solving of equations. Geometric concepts such as perimeter, area, surface area, and volume are also explored. Textbook: Exploring Mathematics: Grade 8, McDougal Littell
Life Science 7 (Required, full year)
This course takes a STEM approach to learn the basics of life science. Life Science establishes a foundation for the scientific method and uses a laboratory approach to understand the structure, function, and information of cells, growth, and development of organisms, inheritance, and variation of traits, and changes in organisms over time. The highlight of the course is our off-campus Winterim trip, which allows students hands-on activities. This trip is taken with the science teacher, as well as other DCA educators, for a great learning experience. Online Textbook: Stemscopes, Accelerate Learning, Middle School Life Science.
World Studies 7 (Required, full year)
Seventh grade World Studies incorporates geography, history, and a touch of earth science as a foundation for future social studies as the student’s academic career progresses. The geographic knowledge earned enables students to understand the relationships between people, places, and environments. Students learn the location of places and geographic features, both physical and human, locally, regionally, and globally. Textbook: World Geography Today, Holt
Middle School Art (Elective, spring semester)
Students learn the elements and principles of design and apply basic techniques to create finished works. Emphasis is placed on self-expression and visual communication. A variety of mediums is explored.
Middle School Band (Elective, full year)
Performing in both the Marching Band and Concert Band, this enrichment course is for students who have experience with an instrument. Whether it’s marching in the half time show of varsity football games, or performing in two special concert programs during the school year on our campus, this group experience helps students prepare for any challenge.
Middle School Choir (Elective, full year)
This course is open for students who are interested in performing in a concert setting. The emphasis is on excelling in vocal technique and choral standards. Students are graded on participation and musical skills. This group also participates in choral festivals, taking trips to various destinations such as Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Orlando. Seventh grade students who participate in Middle School Choir are eligible to audition for the Middle School Honor Choirs sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association.
Physical Education and Athletics (Required, full year)
The Middle School Physical Education program is made up of two parts, PE and Athletics, and is designed to ensure that each student actively participates. Physical Education units include basketball, field hockey, tennis, soccer, and weight training. Athletic teams use this time for practice. Middle School fall sports are cheerleading, cross-country, football, soccer, and volleyball. Winter and spring sports include basketball, baseball, bowling, fitness, softball, tennis, track, wrestling, strength training, and team games.
Spanish 7 (Required, one semester)
DCA students are exposed to Spanish throughout their elementary years. In Spanish 7, they continue their exposure to Spanish through the introduction of vocabulary and grammar. They learn to read, write and speak in Spanish, at a basic level, about everyday activities and things they like to do. Students also gain a basic understanding of the vocabulary and grammar needed to identify themselves and others and to speak about time, schedules, and their classes. Students learn about Hispanic culture in the U.S.A. and around the world through different mediums such as food, music, art, videos, etc. Textbook: Descubre 1ª, Vista Higher Learning