Welcome to Hillcrest Christian Middle School
In our Christian Middle School program students experience an intensive academic program that includes daily classes in math, English, science, history, and Bible. PE and an elective round out the schedule. All 8th graders are invited on the annual U.S. Historic Study Tour, which features stops in Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Monticello, Philadelphia, Jamestown, and New York City. The program features a creative approach to curriculum that keeps our students engaged and learning.
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We look forward to getting to know you and your family and listening to what you are looking for in a Christian school. We also want to let you get to know us and learn more about what Hillcrest can offer your family.
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Welcome to Hillcrest Christian Middle School
Our Middle School staff, under the direction of Principal Kathy Horan, is dedicated to offering the highest level of academic curriculum in order to prepare each student for the challenges of high school, and ultimately to fulfill God’s plan for his or her life.
Students experience an intensive academic program that includes daily classes in math, English, science, history, and Bible. PE and an elective round out the schedule. All middle school students participate in the annual Hillcrest Science Fair and winners of that event go on to participate in the ACSI Southern District Fair at Biola University.
All 8th graders are invited on the annual U.S. Historic Study Tour, which features stops in Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, Monticello, Philadelphia, Jamestown, and New York City.
7th graders participate in the Catalina Island Marine Institute at Toyon Bay. This two-night, three-day science camp provides an opportunity for students to intensely study California marine life.
Hillcrest Christian Middle School Curriculum
Middle school students report to homeroom at 7:55 and are dismissed at 3:20 each day. Seventh grade students take either Math 7 or pre algebra, ancient history, life science, Bible which alternates between Old and New Testament survey and character studies, English, and physical education. In addition, each middle school student has a daily scheduled study hall period.
Eighth grade students take either Pre-Algebra, Algebra A or Algebra I, U.S. history from colonial to Civil War, physical science, Bible which alternates between Old and New Testament survey and character studies, English, and physical education. Middle school electives include art, home economics, computers, music theory, intro to film, middle school foreign language, or teacher’s aide. Additionally students may be recommended for placement in a Spanish I course. Students who take and pass Algebra I and/or Spanish I with a grade of “A” or “B” will have the option of going through Calculus and Spanish V by their senior year of high school.
Both seventh and eight grade social studies curricula emphasize experimental learning through simulations which has fostered an eagerness to learn about ancient and U.S. history. Middle school English emphasizes literature and literary analysis, vocabulary study, systematic grammar instruction, and a concentration on developing expository writing skills.
Current Textbooks Include:
- Holt McDougal Mathematics Grade 7 (Common Core Edition)
- Holt McDougal PreAlgebra (Common Core Edition)
- Prentice-Hall Algebra I
- Ladner Geometry
- Bob Jones University Press Life and Earth Science (7)
- Prentice-Hall Physical Science (8)
- Bob Jones University Press World Studies (7)
- Bob Jones University Press American Republic (8)
- Positive Action for Christ Route 66 Old and New Testament Survey
- MosDoss Press Literature Jade Edition (7)
Middle Events and Activities
The Middle School Retreat is held every fall, setting the foundation for the year. Chapel, featuring guest speakers, small group interactions, and worship is conducted every other week. On the alternate weeks, students participate in small group discussion and prayer moderated by the faculty.
Middle School students elect their own Leadership Council, which guides the student body in a variety of activities. There are two middle school parties hosted at the school each year. Other activities include participation in the ACSI Science Fair and Spelling Bee, with winners having the opportunity to compete in regional contests. Supervised after-school daycare is available until 6:00 P.M.
U.S. Historic Study Tour: This annual eighth grade trip is truly a once in a lifetime opportunities for parents, teachers and students to walk in the steps of our forefathers and experience the history they’ve been studying. Follow the link for photos and information about this wonderful experience.
Seventh graders travel to Catalina to participate in the Catalina Island Marine Institute at Toyon Bay.
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Your application process begins with a FREE Educational Success Consultation with Principal, Kathy Horan.
Call our admissions director, LuAnn Malcolm, to schedule your visit.