Growth in Grace
Grades six through eight are a time of considerable transition and change. As the bridge between childhood and adulthood is crossed – physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually –there is much at stake.
Wake Christian Academy’s middle school faculty and staff understand the pressures of these years and create a safe, loving environment where each child can grow in grace, wisdom, and truth (Luke 2:52).
We educate our middle school students in biblical truth and practical biblical wisdom, teaching all subjects from a Christian worldview. We also provide a rich variety of academic, artistic and athletic programs to meet a broad range of interests and needs, giving every student the opportunity to explore, develop, and discover.
The aims of our middle school program are to partner with Christian families to build on the foundation laid at home and at church and to prepare students for the high school experience ahead.
Wake Christian Academy middle school students are building their foundation for life-long learning. They are challenged to build a foundation in the core subjects of Bible, Math, English, Science, and History. In addition, students are given choices of enrichment classes they can enroll in. Middle School Course Descriptions
Daily Bible lessons
Integration of Biblical truths in all subjects
Home Economics (7th and 8th Grade)
Yearbook (8th Grade)
Larry Hoxie, Middle School Principal
Why did you choose Wake Christian Academy as the school for your child? This is a question I pose to each new family who applies for admission to Wake Christian Academy. What sometimes follows is the sad tale of how their child was a victim of bullying at their previous school.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 70 percent of middle school students witnessed bullying in their schools in the past 12 months. Almost 30 percent of middle school students had experienced bullying in their school. Students reported name calling as the most prevalent type of bullying, followed by teasing, rumor-spreading, physical incidents, purposeful isolation, threats, and belongings being stolen. (1)
The word bullying is a term that is often used to describe any conflict between two or more students. There are two criteria that must be present for this term to accurately describe the conflict.
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
At Wake Christian Academy we attempt to resolve all conflict regardless of its type or number. We understand that a simple message such as ‘Bullying is not tolerated here,” is insufficient to resolve all conflict, and as such we take an active and accountable approach. How do we go about this?
- We devote a chapel period each year to the topic of how to treat one another with our actions and words.
- We take each of our students on a mission trip with their grade to New Life Camp. The students work side by side providing manual labor on a variety of projects. This is followed by a chapel time when special speakers share with the students the importance of working together and serving others. These activities help our students to break down barriers among themselves and focus their attention on a common goal, which is bigger than themselves.
- Our teachers clearly teach that bullying directly contradicts the life and teaching of Jesus Christ
- Our middle school teaching team is exposed to in-service training on identifying and helping students who may experience being bullied.
- During the first three weeks of school, during lunch, our middle school students sit with students they are not familiar with to give them an opportunity to build new friendships.
- In bible class we use the book Peacemakers by Ken Sande which provides practical suggestions for how to resolve interpersonal conflict.
- We confront students who use hurtful words or conduct harmful actions toward each other and hold them accountable. We attempt to get to the cause of the anger, which is often hurt experienced by both parties.
- We partner with our parents to help our students make wise choices.
- We counsel with students for extended periods of time to ensure that they have the tools to resolve conflict on their own.
At Wake Christian Academy we not only take bullying seriously but also any conflict between students. We strive for our students to treat one another in Christian love but we know that where people live “sin abounds.” This is the reason we take an active, preventive, and accountable approach to bullying.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”