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) Division completes each student’s preparation 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 Northwest Education Association (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 are: Visual Arts, Music (band, choir and/or strings), Spanish, Physical Education and Technology.
Curriculum materials used for instruction are from standard publishers such as Pearson, Harcourt and Scott Foresman 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. Grade levels generally use text recommended for the grade level above. For example, 7th grade literature is generally selected from the Indiana 7th grade suggested reading list.
TPCA wants students to develop a heart for serving others. All Secondary students are part of a mentor group of six to nine students that meet weekly. The groups are divided by gender and grade levels. The leader of this group is a member of our faculty or administration. 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. We believe that a great deal of spiritual and personal growth happens in the context of a small group led by a godly mentor. TPCA also has one half-day each quarter during which students carry out service to our community. Others served by TPCA students have included: Lebanon Caring Center, Wheeler Mission, Ronald McDonald House, area churches and ministries.
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. Fundraising opportunities are normally available for the 8th grade trip cost.
7th grade travels overnight to Chicago to visit various museums and a selected Christian ministry
8th grade, as part of the US History studies, experiences the American Heritage trip to the US East Coast for one week in March. They travel to Gettysburg, Hershey, Mount Vernon, Philadelphia, West Point, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Later in the spring, they study Colonial dance and have a costumed Colonial period dinner/ dance event.