Grade 6 Concept: Cultures in Contact
In their first year of Middle School, students examine how inter-cultural contact affects individuals, families, and societies. In English classes, students read Journey to America, Journey to Topaz, and Where the Red Fern Grows, novels which explore cultural contact through the lenses of war, persecution, and poverty. Students read a variety of short stories, including The Circuit and All-American Slurp, which examine cultural contact in relation to inter-generational conflict and cooperation. Students also learn about the traditional values and belief systems of other cultures through traditional fables and folk tales.
Social Studies lessons highlight the social structures, cultural conflicts and societal developments associated with the Reconstruction, the Frontier West, the rise of industry and immigration, World War I, the Jazz Age and World War II. In Science, students see the results of inter-cultural cooperation in the scientific community, focusing on the many theories, discoveries, and developments which fall under the realm of Life Science. Bible classes explore the message of the Gospel, prophecies of Jesus’ birth, His ministry, and His ultimate triumphal entry through ascension, emphasizing that while faith and belief systems may be challenged by inter-cultural contact, Biblical beliefs remain unchanged at their foundation.
Grade 7 Concept: People in Changing Environments
In the seventh grade, students focus on the larger world community and begin to explore different worldviews. They analyze and discuss the interactions among cultures, technologies, governments and economies in global societies. In this way, West Bay nurtures students’ development of a worldview that reflects an understanding of Christian values, which prepares them for life and – more immediately – the Renaissance Project in 8th grade.
Grade 8 Concept: The Development of World Views
In the eighth grade, students explore the development of worldviews. English classes investigate how societies can be understood in terms of their structures, functions, and philosophies through works of literature such as Animal Farm, Julius Caesar, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. In Social Studies lessons, students examine the formation of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman societies, and discover the important societal changes which occurred during the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and French Revolution. In Science, students discover those scientific principles and developments which fall under the field of Physical Science. In this year, students enroll in either the Algebra or Algebra Readiness math course. In Bible, students work to uncover and develop their own worldviews, examining topics such as general revelation, absolute truths, core beliefs, the uniqueness of Christ’s claims, and the importance of being a witness. Students also participate in weekly community service projects and activities. Eighth graders’ final year at West Bay culminates in the completion of the interdisciplinary Renaissance Project.