Upper Grades (Grades 5-8)

In grades 5-8, we equip our students to think critically, read and write skillfully, spell accurately, enjoy exploring the world with scientific inquiry, acquire strong study habits, and prepare for honors level high school classes by eighth grade graduation. Smaller classroom sizes allow us to provide exceptional attention to each child's needs. 

Core subjects include Bible, Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies. They also receive Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer/Technology, and Library.  Students participate in enriching field trips throughout the school year that enhance classroom learning.  Technology is integrated into the curriculum with everyday exposure to iPads, Chromebooks, and Google Education to develop computer skills.  Students use computer devices to develop research skills, learn Microsoft Office, enhance keyboarding skills, and for exposure to multiple operating systems and a variety of student-centered curriculum resources (e.g., IXL for Math and Language Arts, typing software, iPad apps for spelling, and more).  Our full-time faculty are state and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) certified.  

Our students are given opportunities to know God and every day are encouraged to walk in His ways. At the beginning of the school year, students participate in a spiritual retreat at Warm Beach Camp north of Seattle to spiritually prepare them for the school year. Each Wednesday, we have Chapel where the middle school worship team leads songs for all the students and faculty. Valley Christian School is committed to providing an atmosphere for middle school students to learn to place Jesus Christ at the center of their lives, be active in the community, and lead by example. By the end of the eighth grade, students are able to articulate and defend their Christian worldview while comparing and contrasting opposing worldviews.    

Our curriculum is not "textbook-based" but rather "standards-based." Students demonstrate understanding of knowledge and mastery of skills which prepares them for successful academic progress.  Although textbooks are provided, we also supplement the curriculum with many other learning resources.  Below are courses that we offer by grade level.

Academics by Grade Level 

5th Grade

  • Bible: Old Testament Survey, Purposeful Design
  • Mathematics: General Math, Holt McDougal
  • Language Arts: A Beka, Worldly Wise  
  • Social Studies: U.S. History and Geography
  • Science: Survey of Life, Physical, and Space, Purposeful Design

6th Grade

  • Bible: New Testament Survey, Purposeful Design
  • Mathematics: General Math, Holt McDougal
  • Language Arts: A Beka, Worldly Wise    
  • Social Studies: World History and Geography
  • Science: Survey of Life, Physical, and Space, Purposeful Design

7th Grade

  • Bible: Old Testament Study on Joseph (First Semester) and Study of God's Attributes (Second Semester) 
  • Mathematics: Pre-Algebra, Holt McDougal
  • Language Arts: A Beka, Worldly Wise  
  • Social Studies: Economics, Junior Achievement (First Quarter) U.S. History and Geography (Second, Third, Fourth Quarter)
  • Science: Life Science, Purposeful Design

8th Grade

  • Bible: Mastering Bible Study Skills, (First Semester) and Defending the Christian Faith, (Second Semester) 
  • Mathematics: Algebra, Holt McDougal
  • Language Arts: A Beka, Worldly Wise  
  • Social Studies: Washington State History (First Semester) and U.S. Constitution and Government (Second Semester)
  • Science: Physical Science, Purposeful Design
    • For gifted eighth grade students, we are able to offer Geometry and/or Biology 

Special Classes

  • Physical Education four days a week
  • Art one day a week
  • Music one day a week
  • Computer Lab one day a week

Electives Offered

  • Worship team: Students lead songs at our weekly Chapel and are given lessons on drums, guitar, bass, piano, and other instruments
  • Photography
  • Yearbook
  • Leadership class
  • Drama
  • Sketch Art
  • Foreign Language 

Student Activities

  • Band
  • Robotics
  • Student Council
  • ACSI Spelling Bee
  • Community Service Projects
  • Spiritual Retreat
  • Weekly Chapel 
  • Field Trips 
  • Boys Soccer 
  • Girls Soccer
  • Track and Field