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Middle School

Molding young students in their gifts and talents

At a time that is one of the most formative in a child’s life, students in grade 6-8 begin to experience increasing amounts of responsibility and independence. They are guided by teachers that encourage each student’s development in a time of great change. As they learn to navigate the emotional, physical and social transition from child to adolescent, we mentor them to develop a strong self-identity rooted in Christ as they discover all that God created them to be. We guide them to make good decisions as they develop in character and see the world through a wider lens. We encourage them to explore their interests and talents while providing them a safe yet stretching environment to do so.

Building Faith and Character

We are most powerful for God’s Kingdom when we know who we are and whose we are. Through chapel time with energetic speakers and worship, students are discipled to form their strong identity in Christ. With Bible integration throughout the curriculum and vibrant relationships with teachers who care and nurture, every student will grow strong in their faith and character.

Developing socially and emotionally

We want our students to grow up and come through the middle school transition with strong identities uninfluenced by peer pressures and what the outside world thinks. To base their overall image of themselves on the reality that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Our teachers truly care about each student and we mentor them to grow strong and confident in themselves. Middle School students thrive in the caring and safe environment where they are valued as individuals.

Advancing academically

The academic program for Middle School includes classes that are interactive and engaging. STEAM classes and the 15% IP program provides an outlet for students to exercise their interests and creativity in a practical, yet innovative way. We offer students plenty of electives for students to individualize their academic program. We want students to be interested, engaged, excited and energized by learning.

What to look forward to in Middle School at New Life Academy

Community Group is a fun time for building strong peer relationships that result in positive school culture. Groups of 10-15 students are formed along with a teacher or faculty member to develop guidance and advocacy. Community Groups meet 1-2 times per month and cover various topics, develop life skills and engage in activities, learning and challenges with other teams.

We’ve modified the class schedule so that two days a week we have longer blocks of classes to allow for deeper investigation of topics and more time on experiments and projects. On the other three days, we provide students a FLEX time mid-morning. Students can use this time as a brain break, connect with teachers for additional help, catch up on assignments and tests or simply rejuvenate with a snack from our A La Carte Center.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st Hour
8:00 - 8:48
1st Hour
8:00 - 8:48
1st Hour
8:00-9:30
5th Hour
8:00-9:30
1st Hour
8:00 - 8:48
2nd Hour
8:52 - 9:40
2nd Hour
8:52 - 9:40
2nd Hour
8:52 - 9:40
FLEX
9:40 - 10:14
FLEX
9:40 - 10:14
2nd Hour
9:40-11:10
Chapel/
Community Groups
9:40 - 11:10
FLEX
9:40 - 10:14
3rd Hour
10:18 - 11:06
3rd Hour
10:18 - 11:06
3rd Hour
10:18 - 11:06
4th Hour
11:10 - 11:58
4th Hour
11:10 - 11:58
3rd Hour
9:40-11:10
6th Hour
11:20-11:58
4th Hour
11:10 - 11:58
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
5th Hour
12:28 - 1:16
5th Hour
12:28 - 1:16
3rd Hour
12:34 - 1:26
6th Hour
12:34-1:26
5th Hour
12:28 - 1:16
6th Hour
1:20 - 2:08
6th Hour
1:20 - 2:08
4th Hour
1:30-3:00
7th Hour
1:30-3:00
6th Hour
1:20 - 2:08
7th Hour
2:12 - 3:00
7th Hour
2:12 - 3:00
7th Hour
2:12 - 3:00

Learning excursions promote student growth both inside and outside of the classroom, allowing them to grow in new ways. Though the classroom is irreplaceable, we believe that some of the most important lessons we learn happen in real life, in the world around us. We value offering our students a chance to see how God is moving on a larger scale – that’s why we integrate class learning excursions into our spiritual, leadership and service development plan. Learning excursions are either co-curricular as an all class event or extra-curricular as an opportunity. Typically they include team-building activities, chapel with small group discussions, expanding on topics learned in the classroom, and enjoying and exploring God’s creation.

Through this extended time of experiential learning, students learn responsibility, build character and community, and deepen their relationships with the Lord, their teachers and their classmates.

The following Learning Excursions happen in Middle School:

6th Grade:
Camp Forest Springs  3-Day Excursion | Wisconsin
Camp Forest Springs is an amazing adventure for our students! Students spend 3 days surrounded by God’s creation, away from technology, away from school and away from all distractions. It is a time to connect with classmates, learn and grow spiritually in an environment that is greatly different from the traditional classroom setting. They spend time in outdoor classes learning about God’s creation around them. Most importantly is the spiritual connections and breakthroughs that many students make in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

7th-8th Grade:
Washington D.C. 5-Day Excursion
Students have the opportunity to experience history come alive on the Washington D. C. trip. We take learning outside classroom walls for 5 days to explore our nation’s capital. Students tour multiple Smithsonian Museums, visit war and presidential memorials as well as locations like Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon and the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Students can participate in a variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, which provides a comprehensive academic experience and further develop a student’s talents, passions, skills and character outside the classroom.

Middle School Enrichment Opportunities:

  • ACSI Spelling Bee
  • Choir
  • Pep Band
  • International Student Club
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Student Council

There is so much fun to be had as a Middle Schooler at New Life Academy. In addition to the Experiential Learning Excursions and Enrichment Opportunities, students have a blast participating in numerous campus activities throughout the year.

  • Project Serve
  • Spirit Week and Spirit Dress Up days
  • Homecoming and parade
  • Fall Bash
  • Spiritual Emphasis Week
  • Valley Fair
  • Christmas and class parties

Our children spend over 1200 hours at school each school year. We want those 1200 hours to be fun, engaging and intriguing so that your student thrives in their environment and develops a desire and enjoyment for learning. This is Campus Life at NLA.

Take the next step to prepare and equip your child for success.

Always minded towards paving the way for a brighter future for our students, our academic program will challenge, equip and empower your student in a nurturing environment.