Middle schoolers have the opportunity to join their elementary friends for all-school worship, but also participate in their own middle-school chapels.
Middle school chapels feature:
Building a community of learners who are also brothers and sisters in Christ is one of the goals of the middle school experience. Middle school provides a unique opportunity for students to be part of their own community, yet remain part of the larger WSCS community, as they learn about and put into practice care and respect for others.
Middle school students experience the wonder of God’s creation in West Side Christian School’s outdoor learning spaces and have focused on stewardship of God’s natural resources through our school’s partnership with Blandford Nature Center. During exploratory classes, middle school groups have worked with Blandford to prepare the West Side Christian School garden for planting, cleared invasive species out of the nature preserve, and built several learning elements of the Playscape Nature Preschool outdoor classroom. Additionally, middle schoolers experience several nature-immersion learning opportunities in each grade level: 6th grade camp, 7th grade science excursion on Muskegon Lake, and 8th grade Mackinac Island trip.
Middle school is designed, among other things, to prepare students to advance to and succeed in high school. The curriculum, like our elementary curriculum, is rooted in the study of God’s word and students are challenged to consider questions, issues, and lessons through the lens of Scripture. For example, Science is taught through the lens of Romans 1:20, where we learn how nature makes God's invisible qualities visible and through which we can learn about different qualities of God: He is creative, orderly, just, true to His word. In Language Arts, students learn critical thinking skills as they dive into writing, literature, and language as a gift from God and as an avenue for exploring who God is and who we are called to be in a broken culture that needs His ultimate restoration and redemption.
A variety of additional and extracurricular learning opportunities are also available to our middle school students: