6th - 8th Grade
Middle school is a time of personal growth and discovery. Students have the skills to nurture their academic strengths and interests, exploring complex ideas in all subject areas. Building on previous knowledge and skills, children can apply higher-level thinking to reach beyond the classroom. They analyze and question the world around them, as they prepare for high-school, college and careers. Equipped with a solid moral and academic foundation, students are ready to succeed.
English Language Arts
English Language Arts
Children read and write across a variety of genres. Using higher-level thinking skills, students interpret meaning, draw conclusions and make inferences. They plan, write and edit stories, essays and research papers. With a solid foundation in grammar and usage, students begin to develop their unique voice and style. Thoughtful discussions provide children an opportunity to express opinions, ideas and critiques. Our school uses the Holt Reader © program to support instruction.
Students build skills to solve algebraic expression and functions. Studying geometry, children learn theories and patterns to apply to real-world objects. They build a strong foundation in data science, exploring probability and statistics. As these skills evolve, children learn to apply correct strategies to a variety of problems. We use Big Ideas Math © tools to support learning.
Children build on knowledge developed in early grades. Science instruction exposes students to more complexity in biology, life sciences, physics, Earth sciences and technology. Students cover topics like matter, energy, motion, technology, biological systems, Earth cycles, space and more. They can apply knowledge to better understand technologies they experience in their daily lives.
Children study civics, world regions, history, government and economics. Using critical thinking skills, they analyze complex issues that affect their communities and the world. Immersed in the continued study of American history, they understand their responsibilities as citizens and the values of American democracy.
Children study art, music, physical education and technology. We also offer electives to provide a well-rounded education.
We're More than Academics
Strong hearts and minds impact the world in amazing ways. Virtues such as respect, perseverance, compassion, and courage are essential to what kids need to succeed and an essential part of what we teach. We make them part of every school day. This helps students learn the importance of making good decisions and doing the right thing in life. Moral Focus is so integrated into everything we do:
- We created a curriculum specifically around Moral Focus.
- We celebrate a “virtue of the month” every month.
- Our students create a class contract where students agree how to treat their teacher and each other.
- Students are recognized and celebrated for how they live out Moral Focus every day.
I love the emphasis on moral focus each month. Not only is my child receiving an education, but you are also teaching her qualities to be a good person.
Use good judgment to make decisions
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Appreciate the kindness and generosity of others
Manage your emotions and behavior to stay calm
Persist through difficulties until you reach your goal
Despite fear, do what you believe is right
Motivate others to have confidence in themselves
Help and care for others during times of need
Do what is right, honorable, and good
Preparing your child for a lifetime of success
Prepare for High School and Beyond
When exploring high schools, please consider your local National Heritage Academies high school, Grand River Preparatory High School. Grand River Prep is a continuation of the same great education offered at Excel Charter Academy, providing both a rigorous college-prep curriculum and a moral focus program.Learn More
Grand River Prep also offers an Early College Program. Your child can earn a high school diploma and then go on to earn an associate degree for FREE.