Academic Overview

Seventh and Eighth Grade

TPCA provides an educational atmosphere that builds knowledge, nurtures personal growth, and encourages lifelong study, within the context of the Biblical worldview-- that is, God’s design and purpose for the world and His perspective for how we should relate to it. We seamlessly incorporate this into each day at all grade levels.

The junior high (7th and 8th grades), which we consider part of our Upper School division, prepares students for high school by incorporating problem-solving, critical thinking and a solid Biblical worldview into all subject areas. Student academic progress is monitored through subject matter testing and periodic standardized assessments using the ISTEP+ and NWEA tests.  Assessment results are used to guide individual student instruction and class placement. Daily academic studies include Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts (grammar and literature) and Bible. Co-curricular classes included in each student's weekly schedule include Art, Music (band or choir), Spanish, Physical Education, and Digital Citizenship.

Curriculum materials used for instruction are from standard publishers such as Pearson and are reviewed and renewed on a 5 year cycle per Indiana Department of Education guidelines. Literature used in Language Arts classes is based on the Indiana Department of Education suggested texts as they fit within a biblical worldview standard. 

All students in grades 5-12 are part of a small mentor group, consisting of 8-10 students, that meets weekly. The groups are divided by gender and grade levels. The leader of this group is a TPCS staff member or a trained volunteer that is active in the TPCS community. The mentor uses this time to guide our students in areas such as Biblical decision-making, relational skills, and time management. The mentor is an advocate and counselor for the students in the mentor group. Students also complete service projects at least once a year with members of their mentor groups. 

TPCA has a high school culture of travel to further our focus on student immersive and cultural experiential learning. In preparation for their high school experiences, students in grades 5-8 participate in an extended field trip each year. These experiences not only expand student knowledge and understanding of their academic content, but they progressively teach students how to travel in a group, responsibly follow a travel schedule and other vital skills. The cost of these trips is not included in quoted tuition, and we ask that fundraising efforts take place outside of school. 

7th grade typically travels to Cincinnati for an overnight trip as part of their science curriculum. They visit The Ark, The Creation Musum, and the Cincinnati Zoo. 

8th grade travels to the East Coast for a week in the spring on their American Heritage trip. They travel to places like Mount Vernon, Philadelphia, West Point, New York City, and Washington, D.C  A costumed Colonial period dinner/dance takes place at the school directly before or after the trip and ties the students' US History course together for the year.