Middle School Grades 7-8 — A Purposefully Transitional Program
BCA recognizes that middle school students are experiencing many developmental changes; as a result, the program seeks to address their unique spiritual, academic, artistic, physical and social needs. A nurturing environment integrates biblical principles in daily living and encourages a commitment to personal spiritual growth. A strong academic program provides the skills necessary to transition from the elementary to the high school.
We teach traditional classes for all NY State required classes. We use a combination of materials from Abeka Book, Bob Jones Press and others that fit our goals for student development both academically and spiritually. We supplement our core curriculum with other materials to broaden our base of educational opportunities for our students. Our teacher to student ratio is 1:11. The school day begins at 7:45 and ends at 3:00pm.
BCA has a history of outstanding academic achievement. We attribute this to several key components of our daily school life: effective prayer, teaching the whole student, an enriching curriculum, exceptional teachers, strong parental involvement, our thorough focus on God in all areas of study, and a recognition that strong faith and academic excellence complement each other.
Middle school students in grades 7-8 participate in chapel every week. Chapel is a chance for students and faculty to worship together through song and Biblical teaching. We have a variety of speakers, ranging from youth pastors to teachers, musicians to athletes, and drama groups to visiting Christian colleges.
In addition to regular academic core, students are given ample opportunity for roles in student government, leadership, service projects, missions, senior fundraising and other activities throughout the year. Science and History Fairs, spiritual growth retreats, sports boosters, concerts, spirit weeks, banquets and other special activities and are held throughout the year.
We encourage all of our students at BCA to participate in our sports programs from grades 7-12. Organized sports not only gives students the opportunity to learn self-discipline, but the importance of working together as a team and showing Christian sportsmanship. As a member of the Empire State Christian Athletic League, we offer soccer, basketball and volleyball opportunities to our students. We compete with other Christian schools in our league.
We believe in a creative God, who wants us to appreciate and nurture our creativity. He’s given us a world of form, shape, color, pattern, and beauty. The art curriculum helps students learn to recognize, enjoy, and evaluate the aesthetic side of God’s creation while becoming aware of their own God-given gifts and abilities. Students explore different mediums for artistic expression, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, weaving, textiles, mosaics and more. Students are introduced to art history, learn to identify art by well-known artists, and discuss differences in art from different cultures. The art department encourages students in creative thinking, expression, problem-solving and practical application through art to everyday life.
Music and Choir
Middle school school students at BCA receive general music classes where they learn how to better appreciate and understand music through music listening, excercises, rhythm instruments, and more. Students have opportunity to participate in group activities such as drama and/or choir. Students will learn valuable social/life skills such as teamwork, respect, diligence, and responsibility.
Information Technology and Media
We have a policy intended to help protect children from information technology and media risks. Desktop computers are present in each classroom. The school also maintains a dedicated computer laboratory. At the school office, students may use personal electronic devices to reach out to Parents any time with teacher/administrative permission. However, personal electronic devices are otherwise restricted in school to facilitate and enable learning, intelligence and spiritual development. Cyber bullying and inappropriateness are subject to disciplinary action.