The BCS Middle School program is especially designed and structured to move students from their elementary school experience on through to the realities and rigors of college preparatory high school. Our middle school graduates are regularly accepted at the top college preparatory high schools in the San Gabriel Valley, and many of them enter high school with academic honors and qualifying for numerous honors courses.
That said, BCS understands and appreciates the challenges of being a middle school student -- not only academically, but emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Our middle school teachers and support staff not only see their role in preparing students for their academic future, but they are also passionate about their role as mentors and examples of living a life of Christian faith and Christ-centered excellence. While our immediate academic goal is to prepare students for success in college preparatory high school, our overall vision for our graduates is to lay a solid foundation of Christian faith and character that will ensure success in life and enable them to positively impact their home, their community, and their world.
6th grade is a transitional year for BCS students. The core subjects of language arts, science, history, and Bible are taught in a self-contained classroom by a single teacher, similar to the elementary grades. However, 6th graders will switch to other classrooms with different teachers, sometimes joining the 7th and 8th graders, for other subjects and activities, such as math*, PE, chapel, and other enrichment classes and extra curricular activities. This allows our 6th grade students to phase into the transitional nature of our middle school in which students switch classes and teachers for each subject.
The middle school program at BCS is designed to prepare students for the rigors of college prepatory high schools. Students will transfer to different classrooms with different teachers who have a passion for and a dedication to their particular academic disciplines. All courses (except math) are taught in a block schedule format, which not only allows teachers the opportunity to spend more time on a particular lesson when necessary--such as a science lab project--but also requires the students to be especially disciplined and organized with their time.
BCS Middle School
BCS offers four levels of math between 6th to 8th grades, each taught the same hour each day. This allows students to be placed at a level appropriate to their math ability, regardless of their grade level. This not only allows for remedial opportunities, if necessary, but also allows students who excel in math to advance.
BCS offers Middle School students several enrichment courses. All 6th grade students will take Spanish and computers. All seventh and eighth grade students must take at least one semester of art, and then choose from among various enrichment courses that may be offered, such as drama, journalism, Art 2, Spanish 2, and leadership.
Extra Curricular Activities
BCS middle school students may participate in competitive sports, including boy's flag football and girl's volleyball in the fall, and girl's and boy's basketball in the winter. Other extra curricular activities may be offered as there is interest, such as choir and instrumental music, and art.