Middle School 7-8
WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOLCambridge Christian Middle School offers a rigorous college preparatory educational experience that is grounded in Biblical truths.
At Cambridge we are all about relationships, academics and spiritual growth:
The academic program is designed to actively engage learners and inspire them to love learning. Small class sizes create safe learning environments where students collaborate and develop as 21st century learners. The middle school program provides a selection of course offerings that enhance and support academic growth. We offer three high school level courses and a varied selection of electives. In the fall of 2018-2019, the high school will be launching a new STEM diploma track program designed for students interested in engineering, science, and technology. Our middle school program will offer prerequisite courses for students interested in pursuing the high school STEM pathways; digital, science, and engineering.
CCS is intentional when it comes to building strong, authentic relationships. Our middle school faculty is genuinely committed to establishing relationships with students and families to reflect Kingdom Education principles. Through this partnership, students are supported and encouraged to discover their passions and talents as they purse God’s will and purpose for their lives. We pursue to deepen relationships through our house system, student clubs and organizations, and within the classroom. At CCS, we are more than just a school community, we are a family!
Building student relationships through…
- MS fellowship events (1 per semester)
- House events and competitions
- House Council
- National Junior Honor Society service project & outing
- Lancer Competitive Robotics HS/MS Team
- Advisory Period
- Small Groups led by High School Student Ambassadors
- J-Term (8th grade trip to Washington D.C. and on-campus courses)
- 8th grade end-of-year celebration
Building parent relationships through…
- Fall new parent socials
- Annual fall open house
- Fall parent coffees with US Principals and themed year-round coffee spots off campus
- Math program parent orientation
- Fall conference days
- PSA grade level coordinators
- Virtual distribution of US Scoop monthly newsletter
Our greatest desire is to see students grow spiritually. We recognize that we are reaching the new post-Christian generation, who are spiritually illiterate and walking away from their faith in staggering numbers. Our MS Bible program is designed to meet these challenges. Students study both Old and New Testament as well as explore culture happenings from a Biblical Worldview perspective. Middle school students attend bible class every day and participate in a weekly chapel service. Our chapel speakers consist of local pastors from our community. Advisory groups and class retreats also provide students with opportunities to grow spiritually. Once a year we have a spiritual emphasis week that is led by a guest speaker.
Developing pre-teens that love the Lord and desire to serve him is our primary goal. Overall, our middle school program is designed with this goal in mind. As our students navigate their spiritual journey, we provide opportunities to support and challenge their Biblical Worldview.
One generation passes away, and another generation comes…Ecclesiastes 1:4 AKJV
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6 NLT
Our Lancer Life Experience
Middle school is understood by many as the “awkward” time in a young student’s life. At Cambridge, it is our goal to provide an experience that rivals this thinking. Middle school students are developing physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually at a rapid pace, and our program provides a safe and nurturing culture in which our students can navigate these changes. Additionally, our heart is to provide an environment which affords numerous opportunities for students discover themselves – their unique, God-given talents and abilities. We endeavor to deliver as many varied, exciting opportunities as possible so that our students can safely step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. Our desire is that these “Renaissance” scholars enter high school with a strong self-awareness of who they are spiritually, socially, and academically.
Middle School House System
The houses of Dunamis (Strength) and Tolmao (Courage) – Middle School Tradition and Legacy
The MS house system is comprised of two groups, each of which has a blend of seventh and eighth graders. The house system furthers our mission of developing strength of character through servant leadership. The house system is designed to create vertical mentoring opportunities between the grades and encourage a greater sense of community and camaraderie among our middle schoolers. It also encourages student accountability and creates opportunities for constructive competition and leadership development. The house system’s goal is to provide students an identity and sense of school pride in a secure and supportive environment. Students are placed into a house as they enter seventh grade and remain as part of house legacy through eighth grade.
Each house engages in house events and challenges throughout the year to earn points. At the end of the year, one house will be awarded the coveted house cup based on points accumulated. The winning house for the 2017/2018 school year was the House of Tolmao! They are the first to be placed in the standings of our coveted house cup.
Annual Middle School Events
Homecoming Spirit Days and Activities
Class Retreats (8th grade is an overnight retreat)
See You at the Pole and Cambridge Days of Prayer
MS Fellowships (1 per semester)
J-Term Week (8th grade Washington D.C trip and on-campus courses)
Academic Competitions (Bridges, Inventions)
Academic Award Assemblies per quarter
National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony
House Reveal and Wrap up
8th grade end-of-year celebration
J-Term Experiential Learning Week
J-term happens the first week of January for all middle school students. The J-term experience for middle school students varies by grade level. For the first time, in 2019 the eighth-grade will travel to Washington D.C. to explore the rich history of our great nation! This trip connects to our middle school social science curriculum as students experience and explore both the civics and history of the United States.
The focus of all J-term experiences for seventh grade is missions and service. The seventh-grade students explore their passions through on-campus courses and day trips all focused on service. The on-campus courses vary and are designed to both expose students to career options and to spark curiosity in different fields of studies.
Advisory and Flex Periods
The middle school enjoys both an advisory period and an afternoon flex period every Thursday. Our teacher-led Advisory Groups meet weekly. Advisors meet with students individually to discuss academic progress throughout the year as well as provide spiritual guidance. Groups will study and discuss various topics including bullying, sex education (founded on abstinence and presented through a Biblical Worldview perspective), anti-drugs campaign, and additional topics that are prevalent within their generation.
During the afternoon flex period, students have the opportunity to meet with teachers, attend study sessions, and make-up missing work. The flex period is generally designed to be a study hall which assist students with time management.
Academic and Leadership Organizations
National Junior Honor Society
House Council / Executive Board
Lancer Competitive Robotics HS/MS Team
Servant Leadership & Outreach
Each of the leadership organizations and honor societies adopt an outreach or service project every year.
National Junior Honor Society – Metropolitan Ministries and Oak Grove service projects
House Council and Executive Board – partner with various HS service projects
Grade Level Middle School Class Retreats
Each grade participates in a class retreat. Retreats are spiritually themed and organized by the MS faculty and high school student Ambassadors. The 8th grade retreat is an overnight retreat.
7th Grade retreat – Dayspring
8th Grade retreat – Cedarkirk (overnight)
Academics and Curriculum
At Cambridge Christian School our academic philosophy is focused on engaging students in the learning process through an active learning approach that is grounded on the truth of God’s word. A Biblical worldview is the core/foundation for all academic courses. Our goal is to prepare students intellectually to engage our culture for Christ. We believe that active learning is the vehicle which inspires our students to embrace their pursuit of academic excellence. Project Based Learning (PBL) is one active learning approach reflected in the middle school classrooms. In PBL, students take a real-world challenge or problem and are provided time in class to think, collaborate, investigate, and explore ways to take on/solve the challenge. As students engage in PBL, they not only acquire a deeper comprehension of the content material, but they also gain confidence in their reasoning and problem-solving skills.
One of our PBL signature programs is the seventh-grade bridge unit with its corresponding in-house competition and participation in the USF Bridge Building competition. Our eighth-grade experience consists of an inventions unit with a corresponding competition. In the 2018-19 school year, we will offer our students the opportunity to also expand their invention to the Bright Young Minds Coalition & Florida Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo.
The middle school program provides a rigorous selection of course offerings that enhance and support academic growth. We offer three high school level courses (i.e. Algebra I, Spanish I, and Honors 8th Science) and a varied selection of electives. Prerequisite courses are offered for students interested in pursuing the high school STEM track. Small class sizes create a learning environment in which students can excel academically.
College advising at Cambridge Christian is an individualized and personalized program that formally starts in the 9th grade.In the spring each year, the Guidance Office spends time with our 8th grade students to complete a High School Prep for Success program. This program focuses on a successful transition from 8thgrade to high school.