Early Middle School

5TH - 6TH GRADE

The Early Middle division, designated for 5th and 6th grade students, offers tremendous benefit and opportunity to develop important skills during this critical life stage.

Rationale

The GCA administration recognized the disparity between 5th grade’s inclusion in Lower School and 6th grade’s inclusion in Middle School. Both grades bear a resemblance to one another and the developmental needs of these students are unique. After reviewing a variety of forward-thinking school models, a series of conversations began with our team. The outcome of those discussions was the conclusion that Early Middle was right for GCA.

Academic Program

5th and 6th grade teachers are united in their support of this model and have employed many creative ideas on how to best meet student needs. While continuing the traditional instructional practices that these teaching teams have become known for, a heavy emphasis is placed on the development of crucial skills Early Middle students will need as they make their way to Middle School and beyond. This includes study skills, use of lockers, time management, social engagement, and host of other executive functioning tasks.

Enrichment and Extracurricular Activities

Students are engaged in a variety of fine arts opportunities including the chance for 6th graders to participate in our annual Storytelling competition. This division also allows 5th graders to participate on certain GCA sports teams.

Early Middle Progression Chart


 

What our students say about GCA Early Middle School...

Chase, GCA Early Middle School

"What I love most about GCA is the teachers!  They make GCA, GCA."

Sarah Beth, GCA Early Middle

"I am thankful for GCA because we have a chance to learn about God.  Everybody on the staff team and the teachers try their hardest every day to help us learn."

Pete, GCA Early Middle School

"I am thankful for GCA because of all my friends and how we’re able to dig deeper and learn more about the Bible." 

Drayden, GCA Early Middle School

"I am thankful for GCA because all of the teachers are very kind and won’t hesitate to answer your questions.  I feel very safe coming to school here because when we practice our drills they always go smoothly.  I love my friends that come here and I love this school."