“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.”
~ 2 Timothy 3:14
NURTURING FOR MATURITY
Every effort is made to provide stimulating educational experiences at developmental appropriate levels for our students to become successful, well-rounded learners. At East Richland Christian, the staff understands that developmentally, our Junior High is our most diverse group of learners; this is due to the wide range of physical and emotional growth that occurs in these important years. Our teachers and staff are deeply committed to meeting the unique academic, social, and spiritual needs of each Junior High student as they mature and grow towards young adulthood. We are also committed to partnering with parents through this transitional period in their child’s life.
While East Richland Christian is an academic institution, the staff, board, and administration take very seriously the call from God’s word to teach our students from a distinctly Biblical worldview. In addition to bible class and weekly chapel, all academically-sound teaching in each subject area includes biblical integration. The school’s goal is that all instruction point students to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Savior and grow in a deeper relationship with Him.
East Richland Christian is in agreement with the ideas below from a position paper, Middle Level Curriculum: A Work in Progress by the National Middle School Association, which highlights some of the key priorities for the academic focus of this age group:
We believe learning experiences for young adolescents should:
- address their varied intellectual, physical, social, emotional and moral development.
- help them make sense of themselves and the world about them.
- be highly integrated and connected to life.
- include their questions, needs, developmental issues and ideas.
- involve them in rich and significant knowledge about the world.
- open doors to new ideas that evoke curiosity, the desire to explore, and, at times, awe and wonder.
- challenge students and encourage them to take maximum advantage of educational opportunities.
- develop caring, responsible, and ethical citizens who practice democratic principles.
Most of the Junior High classes are separate seventh grade or eighth grade classes; however depending upon annual enrollment and student needs, there are some combined seventh and eighth grade classes. According to a scheduled bell system, the seventh and eighth grade students, along with the high school, are given 5 minutes to move to and from classes in the Jr. High/High School building throughout the day.
Junior High students also have the opportunity to participate in other extracurricular activities and events, such as:
- Speech Meet
- Student Council
- Science Fair and Academic Fair
- Math Olympics
- Spelling Bee