Grade 5

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Fifth-grade provides the opportunity for students to experience Oaks Christian with the advantage of a self-contained classroom. Students experience the excellence of academics, arts, and athletics from a Christian worldview. The curriculum is aligned with state-standards, but designed to provide a primer to each core department of Oaks Christian. The schedule provides a unique and distinct experience with access to the amazing facility, but separate daily schedule from the 6 to 8 grade students to limit interactions. An administrator works directly with the fifth-grade teachers and serves as a resource for both students and their families. The deans work with the teachers to plan chapels, assemblies, field trips and other activities. Administrators, along with the teachers, serve to assist with conflict resolution, issues of conduct, and help to maintain a safe, respectful, environment that is conducive to learning.

Core Courses

Bible

This study provides a basic introduction to the structure and themes of the Word of God. As students journey through this fast-moving survey, they will discover the truths and applications that God has provided in each book of the Bible. God’s gracious work is clear—from creation to the cross to the consummation of time.

English

This course studies traditional grammar and guides students through the step-by-step use of the writing process for a variety of writing assignments, such as compare-contrast essays, persuasive business letters, research reports, and more. Students will also engage in activities such as word sorting, word studies, proofreading, dictionary skills, and writing to strengthen their spelling and communication skills.

History

Students will explore the cultures that make up our nation today, as well as the events that shaped it. With rich content and hands-on activities, students will not only learn, but grow as they study the history of the United States through various activities and simulation interactions.

Literature

This course introduces various novels and literature selections to help students strengthen decoding and fluency while providing focused instruction on reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, analysis and response to fiction and nonfiction, and cultivate an appreciation of literature.

Mathematics

This course is designed to develop a strong foundation in math procedures and conceptual understandings.  Attention will be given to skill fluency as well as problem solving applications as students move through the curriculum.  Students will have the opportunity to master operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions as they relate to geometry, pre-algebra foundations, measurement, ratio, proportion, and percent.  Interpreting word problems, statistics, and data will be woven throughout the curriculum.

Science

This course integrates life science, earth science, and physical science.  The scientific method will be the basis for learning in all these units.  Engaging activities and labs will promote curiosity and foster the development of science inquiry skills.

Athletic Distinction

Boys

  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball

Girls

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Co-ed

  • Cross-Country*
  • Flag Football
  • Swimming*
  • Track & Field*
  • Water Polo

*The highlighted sports are
practice only due to league rules. All other sports are full participation.

Signature Programs

Class Trips

  • Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach)-overnight science trip
  • Theatre Trip-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for a dramatic play
  • California Science Center
  • Discovery Center at Ronald Reagan Library
  • Americans and their Families at Skirball Museum

Innovations Lab

Students will be introduced to a variety of problem-solving, hands-on activities that foster design thinking and engineering activities. Students will work in our Makerspace on a regular basis throughout the year, and the STEM projects they complete will allow them to further develop critical thinking skills while working collaboratively with their peers solving real world problems.

Leadership

Our 8th grade leadership board serve as “buddies” and positive Christian role models for our 5th grade. Throughout the year, student leadership organizes activities to do with 5th grade that enrich the student’s experience.

Service

As a school we strive to uphold our motto “Preparing Minds for Leadership and Hearts for Service.” Academy V students have the opportunity to participate in class service projects throughout the year such as sending cards to Veteran hospitals, donating canned goods for food drives, Pennies for Patients, and the Macy’s Make-a-Wish Christmas letter fundraiser.

Exploratory Courses

Art History

This course was developed to enrich the students’ study of Colonial America. Students will be introduced to artifacts from the 1600s and will gain understanding of those artifacts by recreating them. Hands-on projects are designed to support their History curriculum and give students a deeper understanding of the time period they are studying.

Design Lab

Students will be introduced to a variety of problem-solving, hands-on activities that foster design thinking and engineering activities. Students will work in our Design Lab on a regular basis throughout the year, and the STEM projects they complete will allow them to further develop critical thinking skills while working collaboratively with their peers solving real world problems.

 

General Music

Students will be given an instructive background into the history of music, its origins, historical composers, and explore how music has progressed in society. Hands-on theory teaching allows students to have an experience with music giving them knowledge and access to pursue whatever musical journey these desire in middle school.

 

Language (Latin and Chinese)

Latin - (one semester) Students will begin to develop reading, writing, and translating skills in Latin through constant reading and writing exercises and parsing Latin sentences. To help students become more familiar with the Romans, students will learn Greek and Roman mythology in addition to highlights of Roman history.

Chinese - (one semester) Students will learn basic knowledge of the Chinese phonetic system (Pinyin), daily conversation vocabulary, and get a taste of the Chinese writing system. Students will also explore the dynamic Chinese culture through activities such as lantern painting, folk songs, Chinese food, calligraphy, and Chinese festivals. Students will engage in basic conversations and complete a few project presentations.

Theatre Arts

This course introduces students to basic theatre skills, exposing them to the building blocks of a theatrical performance that includes: volume, diction, stage position, and physical and emotional character creation. This course culminates with a small performance in which the actors are challenged to put these skills into practice for an audience of their parents and peers

Physical Education

This course allows students to build confidence, character, and sportsmanship through play and sport. Students learn basic movement skills and utilize them in team sports, allowing students to work together and strategize as a group.

Visual Arts

Students will be given the opportunity to express ideas through a visually creative form. Students will learn about the elements and principles of design by creating projects which demonstrate this knowledge. Students will explore the creative process through a variety of media such as pencils, pastels, colored pencils, watercolor, tempera paint, and clay.

Grades 6 - 8

We have expanded our elective course offerings and have rearranged our 6 - 8 grade schedule in order to accommodate a program that focuses on personalized learning experiences for each student. The grade-level environment and integrated curriculum are specifically designed to encourage students to think independently, impartially, critically, and creatively.

The innovative architecture of the building makes use of grade-level pods, providing our students with a smaller school setting, a safe and secure learning environment, and a place to collaborate and build teams. Pods are equipped with audio/visual technology and provide a space for teachers to combine efforts in instruction across the curriculum.

An academic dean and a dean of student life are the primary contacts for parents, students, and teachers as they work together to foster an age-appropriate culture of hard work, dedication, and love.

 

Core Courses

Academic Technology

Academic Technology 6
This foundational course helps students develop academic technology skills. As a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, it is important to train and prepare students for transformative learning experiences in their other academic courses. While some class time will be devoted to group discussions, most of the course will be self-directed. Students will learn how to create and manage various online collaborative applications within the Google Apps for Education family. They will also learn to effectively deal with toxic online interactions and cyber bullying. Additional topics will include basic coding, copyright and fair use rules, laptop care, typing skills, basic troubleshooting, and research skills.

Bible

The Story of Scripture (6th grade)
This course introduces the transcendent story of Old Testament Scripture as seen in the New Testament light of Christ. In considering what the Old Testament reveals about God and how we, as humans, encounter Him, students will be invited to take practical steps forward in their own faith while being equipped to take greater ownership of their thinking and spiritual growth.

The Life of Jesus Christ (7th grade)
The primary objective for this course is to introduce students to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The course is divided into three distinct strands: the study of Scripture, reasons to believe, and spiritual growth. Students will be encouraged to grow in knowledge, in their ability to reason, and in spiritual depth as they discover the love and power of our Risen Lord.

Bible Exploratory (8th grade)
This 8th grade course is an introduction to the exciting story of the first Christian believers but is tailored towards students who are still figuring out their personal beliefs.  In thoughtfully considering Jesus and what happens when individuals and communities follow Him, students will be invited to learn from Him while being equipped and challenged to take greater ownership of their thinking, beliefs, and spiritual growth.

Bible Discipleship (8th grade)
In this 8th grade course, students will engage all three strands of our curriculum; however, there will be an emphasis on the practice of spiritual development as a community of students who have a common interest in Christian discipleship. Students will be introduced to the exciting story of the first believers through the Book of Acts.  We will study closely what happens when people and communities follow Jesus. Students in this class will be provided opportunities to step out of the classroom and begin to serve and lead in a variety of interactive assignments which include, but are not limited to, worship, leading devotions, sharing their testimony with their peers, and other spiritual development activities. Students interested in taking Bible Discipleship must complete an application and be approved to take this course.

English

English 6
English 6 students learn the essential elements of the English language through the “Art of Storytelling” as we experience stories and poems from ancient times, integrated with their History studies.  We will focus on the creative power of the spoken and written word through the study of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading, and composition.  The careful study of grammar trains our students’ minds to dissect, label, and make sense of the rules of the English language through daily practice that produces mastery and confidence in their own writing.  Students study the spelling, meanings, and correct usage of over 150 new words that require us to look at words as members of families descended from the Greek and Latin languages.   The purpose of English 6 is to provide students learning experiences that build strong reading, critical-thinking, and presentation skills that will also be used in other courses. 

English 7
This course takes the foundation of English 6 and sets up the importance of language and identity. As students consider this theme through literature, writing, and public speaking, individual identity is influenced and transformed. Literature, both modern and medieval, shows how identity changes and what influences identity. This then forms the basis for all analytical and descriptive writing: How can we learn about identity through written text?  How can we write to reflect our own identity? As the students respond to works of literature using well-supported arguments and begin to recognize literary techniques, a continued focus on vocabulary and grammar helps students begin to understand the importance of precise word usage and their intended meaning.  

Literary Analysis and Composition (8th Grade)
In this course, students strengthen their critical thinking skills and become more effective communicators. They learn to analyze grammatical structures in complex sentences and paragraphs and evaluate how diction and syntax can be used intentionally to create a variety of effects. With the goal of precise, effective expression, students increase their vocabulary and work on developing a compelling academic writing style. This sets students up for success in our high school program, which is also a grammar-based look at the power of words. Throughout this course, students will use their understanding of grammar and language, along with critical thinking and knowledge of literary techniques, to thoughtfully analyze classic texts from American literature.

Literary Analysis & Composition Honors (8th grade)
Prerequisite: A year-long grade of 90% or better in the prior grade-level English course, successfully passing the placement test, high ERB CTP 5 English scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation.

The honors course relies on the same texts as Literary Analysis & Composition but with greater attention to the impact of language choice on meaning. The teacher assumes students have greater facility with their grammar knowledge and can apply it to poignant language analysis. The class moves faster through rudimentary ideas to linger in the abstract and nuanced.

History

Ancient World Civilizations (6th grade)
Sixth-grade history is an introduction to the history of the first great civilizations of the world, from beginnings in the Fertile Crescent to Ancient Greece. This is the world of the Bible, the historical stage on which God chose to uniquely reveal Himself in time, as recorded in sacred Scripture. We discover history through the telling of stories based upon the lives of those who came before us.

Medieval World History (7th grade)
Seventh-grade history is a global survey of medieval history.  We examine the rise and fall of the great civilizations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. We seek to understand and to appreciate similarities and differences between the cultures of the medieval world and their modern-day counterparts. We inquire as to how cultures and ideas spread and recognize cause-and-effect relationships at work in the development and decline of civilizations and appreciate the uniqueness of the God of Scripture considering the religions and cultural practices of the medieval world.

United States History (8th grade)
In studying the past and making connections to today, students will master specific skills, gain an appreciation for and an interest in American history, understand who we are as Americans, and learn how God has revealed himself in the history of our nation. During the spring semester of this course, students will attend the East Coast Adventure – an historical-based trip to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC - in which they will walk in the steps of our forefathers, visiting the locations of events they studied through the course of the year. This is a required, culminating trip for all 8th grade students.

Humanities

Students enrolled in Humanities 6: Ancient World Civilization will receive a double block for instruction every day, rather than separate history and English classes.

Humanities 6: Ancient World Civilizations
Ideas don’t exist in a vacuum, so why should we study them independently? This humanities course draws together history and English studies to allow students to explore the first great civilizations of the world, from the Fertile Crescent to Ancient Greece. Discovering history through careful language study, students embark on a journey that asks them to think about the way people have organized themselves into communities and, more importantly, why it matters. Taught with intentional instruction in language precision, students learn to value the way words impact how culture is handed down. Using primary sources, stories and poetry, students learn to read closely, think critically, listen attentively, write compellingly, and speak confidently about the ideas being presented.

Mathematics

Math Foundations
This course is designed to provide students with the strong foundation required for success in the subsequent math courses at Oaks Christian School.  In this course, students review the four basic mathematical operations using whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, and apply these operations to the use of ratio, proportion, and percent.  The study of algebraic concepts becomes more sophisticated as the students learn integer computation, explore the coordinate plane, write and evaluate expressions, and solve for the unknown.  The study of geometry and measurement includes perimeter and area of polygons, circumference and area of circles, and surface area and volume of three-dimensional solids.  In addition, students study real-world applications and problem solving. 

Pre-Algebra
This course provides a foundation in elementary techniques of algebra so that students may go in depth in the subsequent algebra courses.  Students are expected to develop speed and accuracy in solving problems and multi-step equations with integers, decimals, and fractions.  They also learn to apply algebraic methods to the solution of word problems.  In addition, the course covers laws of exponents, statistics and probability, and solving inequalities.  Students will study the Cartesian coordinate system and fundamentals of geometry.  Pre-Algebra will utilize lessons and guided practice designed to bridge understanding from the concrete to abstract applications of concepts.

Pre-Algebra Honors
Prerequisite: A year-long grade of 90% or better in the prior grade-level math course, successfully passing the placement test, high ERB math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation.

This course provides a foundation in elementary techniques of algebra so that students may go into depth in the subsequent algebra courses.  Students are expected to develop speed and accuracy in solving problems and multi-step equations with integers, decimals, and fractions.  They also learn to apply algebraic methods to the solution of word problems.  In addition, the course covers laws of exponents, statistics and probability, and solving inequalities.  Students will study the Cartesian coordinate system and fundamentals of geometry.  The Pre-Algebra Honors course will require independent learners to grasp concepts through abstract applications and enrichment of some topics.

Algebra Readiness
Students placed in Algebra Readiness will continue to learn skills that set them up for future success in Algebra 1.  Major areas of emphasis include linear equations and functions, geometric shapes, and data analysis.  This course builds and expands upon pre-algebra concepts and introduces foundational algebraic concepts.  The course moves at a slower pace to allow more time for students to thoroughly grasp concepts.  (Algebra Readiness is only offered in our middle school program.) 

Algebra 1
Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Algebra with a grade of 87% or better or Pre-Algebra Honors with a grade of 83% or better, meets or exceeds benchmark score on the placement test, high ERB math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation.

This first year of algebra delves into the basic concept of function and it reinforces algebraic thinking. Much of the class is spent solving linear, and quadratic equations and inequalities.  There is also a focus on operations with polynomials, radicals, and fractional expressions.  Other topics include factoring polynomials, graphing linear and quadratic equations, function notation, and exponential functions.

Algebra 1 Honors
Prerequisite: Completion of the prior grade-level math course with a year-long grade of 90% or better, meets or exceeds benchmark score on the placement test, high ERB math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation.

This first year of algebra delves into the basic concept of function and it reinforces algebraic thinking. Much of the class is spent solving linear, and quadratic equations and inequalities.  There is also a focus on operations with polynomials, radicals, and fractional expressions.  Other topics include factoring polynomials, graphing linear and quadratic equations, function notation, and exponential functions.  Algebra 1 Honors requires students to apply understanding of these concepts at a higher level.

Geometry
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Honors with an 83% or better, meets or exceeds benchmark score on the placement test, high ERB math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation.

Students in this course concentrate on solving problems through algebraic and spatial thinking.  This traditional course in plane and spatial geometry includes the following areas of study: reasoning/logic; proofs; congruent triangles and properties of triangles; parallel lines and planes; properties of quadrilaterals in general and parallelograms in particular; geometric constructions using a straight edge and a compass; ratio, proportion, and similar polygons; right triangles and trigonometric functions; circles; areas of polygons, surface area and volumes of solids; coordinate geometry; and transformations.  Students demonstrate their learning in words as well as numerically.

Geometry Honors
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Honors with a year-long grade of 90% or better, meets or exceeds benchmark score on the placement test, high ERB math scores, parental permission, and teacher recommendation.

Students in this course concentrate on solving problems through algebraic and spatial thinking.  This traditional course in plane and spatial geometry includes the following areas of study: reasoning/logic; proofs; congruent triangles and properties of triangles; parallel lines and planes; properties of quadrilaterals in general and parallelograms in particular; geometric constructions using a straight edge and a compass; ratio, proportion, and similar polygons; right triangles and trigonometric functions; circles; areas of polygons, surface area and volumes of solids; coordinate geometry; and transformations.  Students demonstrate their learning in words as well as numerically. Geometry Honors will require students to apply understanding of these concepts at a higher level. 

Science

Integrated Science 1
Sixth-grade science is an integrated science course.  Topics of earth science, life science, and physical science are incorporated together to form a whole understanding of creation and its governing principles.  Students will use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data. They will think logically to make the relationships between evidence gathered and explanations given. They will be asked to communicate about their investigations through written reports and oral presentations.

Integrated Science 2
The seventh-grade science class is an integrated, hands-on, inquiry-based class that uses materials collected from a wide variety of sources. This course emphasizes the life sciences, earth sciences, physical sciences and their inter-relatedness to other areas of science. Students will learn the skills of scientific method, critical thinking, reading, writing, in addition to learning science concepts. 

Integrated Science 3
The eighth-grade science course will focus on various areas of physical science and biology including the study of matter, atoms, forces, machines, infectious diseases, circulatory system, and chemical reactions. A primary focus will be for the students to gain laboratory experience and develop critical thinking skills. They will also encounter hands-on projects that will require them to work as individuals or teams.

Conceptual Physics Honors
Prerequisite: A yearlong grade of 90% or better in the prior grade-level science course, math placement of Algebra 1 or higher, parental permission, and teacher recommendation.

This eighth-grade science honors course will focus on the area of conceptual physics including the study of mechanics, forces, energy, simple machines, and thermodynamics with an emphasis on creating mathematical models.  A primary focus will be for the students to gain laboratory experience and develop critical thinking skills while modeling the physics of everyday life. They will also encounter hands-on projects that will require them to collaborate in teams as well as individual work.

General Electives

English Essentials 6 (semester)

The English program at Oaks Christian School is rooted in detailed language study that yields precision in thinking and expression. This enrichment course is an opportunity for new 6th grade students to solidify an understanding of how words work and how that knowledge impacts both analytical reading and effective writing. Students will first review parts of speech, phrases and clauses, and then use that understanding to write more effective, precise essays. By narrowing the focus of study to grammar and composition, students can hone the essential skills more proficiently. This course is intended to support, not replace, their English coursework. This course may be required, in lieu of an elective, should a student enter OCS with low English scores or if they fail to pass regular assessments.

English Essentials 7/8 (semester)

This enrichment course is an opportunity for 7th & 8th grade students to solidify an understanding of how words work and how that knowledge impacts both close reading and effective writing. Students will first review parts of speech, phrases and clauses, and then use that understanding to write more effective, precise essays. By narrowing the focus of study to grammar and composition, students can hone the essential skills more proficiently. This course is intended to support, not replace, their English coursework. This course may be required, in lieu of an elective, should a student enter OCS with low English scores or if they fail to pass regular assessments.

Executive Functioning Workshop (after-school)

This course will be offered three times over the course of the school year, meeting twice a week. Students will engage in lessons on study skills components for academic success, assisting in academic goal setting and developing student awareness in the areas of organization, time management, and maintaining agendas. Sign-ups for each session will begin in September.

Math Essentials (semester)

This course is designed for students needing extra support in math. Regardless of their math level, students will utilize math software to reinforce content in their grade-level course, as well as receive instruction on foundational skills relevant to their individual need. This course may be required, in lieu of an elective, should a student enter OCS with low math scores or if they fail to pass regular chapter assessments.

Math Lab (period 0)

Students do not need to sign up to participate in Math Lab. Math Lab is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:25 - 7:55 a.m.

 

OC Learning Center Tutoring (semester)

Available to students during their school day in lieu of an elective offering, the OC Learning Center provides 2:1 student to tutor ration at the middle school campus in all core subject areas. Professional tutors personalize their approach to meet each student’s needs and learning style, giving them the tools needed to be successful, and tutors provide daily communication to parents on their child’s progress. Additional fee applies. (Other tutoring options are also available; see OC Learning Center for more information.)

Speech and Debate (year-long)

Explore the unique act of oral communication as a life skill. We will practice with both prepared and impromptu forms of speaking, and we will focus on all the attributes that make an excellent oral presentation, particularly for an effective debater. Students will get detailed instruction in public speaking, learning the middle school debate terminology and procedures. After improving presentation skills, students will learn to research contemporary issues and write cohesive, logical arguments with accurate reasoning. This course prepares students to compete against other teams in debate tournaments and participate in ACSI Speech Meets.

Modern and Classic Language Electives

Intro to French (semester)

This course introduces students to the basic structures, high frequency vocabulary, speech patterns, sentence structure, art, culture, and geography of different Francophone cultures. At the course’s completion, students are expected to engage in basic conversation

French 1 (year-long)

Prerequisite: For 7th grade students only, a year-long grade of 85% or better in Intro to French and teacher recommendation.

This college preparatory course introduces basic grammar, speech patterns, sentence structure, and commonly used vocabulary. Students engage in basic conversation using present tense verbs and are introduced to the art, culture, and geography of French-speaking countries. By the end of French 1, students will have completed the equivalent of one year of high school French. It is strongly recommended that middle school students first take Intro to French before taking French 1.

French 2 (year-long)

Prerequisite: A year-long grade of 85% or better in French 1 and teacher recommendation.

French 2 is the second-year course of the three-year series of required foreign language courses.  Students use more complex structures in daily conversations and learn how to use a variety of verb tenses. They continue to expand their knowledge and understanding of the art, culture, and geography of French-speaking countries.

Intro to Latin (semester)

Intro to Latin introduces students to the Latin language through the study of basic grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.  In this course, students will begin to develop grammar structures, reading, and translating skills. They will be introduced to Roman history and Roman culture. The students will also learn Greek and Roman mythology in addition to highlights of Latin literature.

Latin 1 (year-long)

Prerequisite: For 7th grade students only, a year-long grade of 85% or better in Intro to Latin and teacher recommendation.

This college preparatory course introduces the study of the Latin language through the study of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. In this course, students will develop reading, writing and translating skills in Latin through constant reading and writing exercises, and the practice of parsing Latin sentences.  To help the students become more familiar with the Romans, the students will learn Roman mythology in addition to highlights of Roman history, culture, and Latin literature. By the end of Latin 1, students will have the equivalent of one year of high school Latin.  It is strongly recommended that middle school students first take Intro to Latin before taking Latin 1.

Latin 2 (year-long)

Prerequisite: A year-long grade of 85% or better in Latin 1 and teacher recommendation.

Latin 2 is the second-year course of a five-year Classical Language Program (three of which are required to graduate from high school). In this course, students will continue to develop their reading and essay writing skills in Latin with continued study of Latin literature. The students will read parts of Book I of Bellum Gallicum of Julius Caesar and War with Hannibal by Eutropius. They will also learn more about Roman history and culture as it impacts the study of Latin literature. This course will be offered 2020-2021.

 

Intro to Chinese (semester)

This course is designed for students with little or no Chinese language skills. The course will provide a beginning to their journey learning the language and exploring the very diverse and ancient culture. The course focuses on providing students with the opportunity to attain very basic Chinese language skills and a basic concept of Chinese culture. Students will be introduced to the Chinese phonetic system and calligraphy writing system as well. At the completion of this course, students should be able to engage in basic current tense conversations in Chinese.

Chinese 1 (year-long)

Prerequisite: For 7th grade students only, a year-long grade of 85% or better in Intro to Chinese and teacher recommendation.

This college preparatory course introduces basic grammar, speech patterns, sentence structure, and common vocabulary used in daily conversation. The course will also introduce the “simplified” Chinese character writing system, including basic strokes, stroke order, radicals, and the Chinese phonetic system which will be used throughout the year. Chinese culture will be included as each unit is being unfolded. By the end of course, students will have the equivalent of one year of high school Chinese. It is strongly recommended that middle school students first take Intro to Chinese before taking Chinese 1.

Chinese 2 (year-long)

Prerequisite: A year-long grade of 85% or better in Chinese 1 and teacher recommendation.

Chinese 2 is the second-year course of the three-year series of required foreign language courses. The goal of this course is to strengthen students’ language skills by building on their existing Chinese language foundation. Students will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills by engaging in more complex sentences and structures. Students will also continue to add to their understanding of the culture, history, and geography of China. This course will be offered 2020-2021.

Intro to Spanish (semester)

Intro to Spanish introduces students to basic structures, high-frequency vocabulary, speech patterns, sentence structure, art, culture, and geography of Spanish-speaking countries.  At the course’s completion, students are expected to engage in basic conversations using present tense verbs. 

Spanish 1 (year-long)

Prerequisite: For 7th grade students only, a year-long grade of 85% or better in Intro to Spanish and teacher recommendation.

This course introduces basic grammar, speech patterns, sentence structure, and common vocabulary used in daily interchange. This college preparatory course also introduces students to the art, culture, and geography of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries.  A variety of approaches is used to enhance language learning of all types of learners enabling auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners to thrive.  The direct method, where the teaching is done entirely in Spanish, will be the main teaching method, but there will be opportunities to clarify grammar concepts and discuss cultural topics in English.  Spanish 1 will focus on developing the following language skills:  listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking, and writing.  At the course’s completion, students are expected to engage in basic conversations using present, present progressive, and simple future tense verbs. By the end of the course, students will have the equivalent of one year of high school Spanish. It is strongly recommended that middle school students first take Intro to Spanish before taking Spanish 1.

Spanish 2 (year-long)

Prerequisite: A year-long grade of 85% or better in Spanish 1 and teacher recommendation.

Spanish 2 is the second-year course of the three-year series of required foreign language courses.   With a continuing emphasis on oral and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing, this college preparatory course will help students refine their use of the past and present tense verbs in daily conversations.  The course will begin with a review of the present tense and move on to the past tense while focusing on developing their listening, reading, and writing skills. Students will learn how to differentiate between preterit and imperfect tenses.  They will also become familiar with reflexive verb tenses and a wide variety of structures.  Spanish 2 exposes students to more Spanish-speaking countries and teaches the students more about culture through a series of novels that take place in Spanish-speaking environments.

Performing Arts Electives

Beginning Band (year-long)

This class is the beginning study of a band instrument and is designed for students with no prior experience on a band instrument.  Basic skills such as correct hand positioning, tone production, and note reading will be taught.  Several performances will be planned throughout the year.  Rental or purchase of a band instrument is required.
 

·         Beginning Flute
·         Beginning Clarinet
·         Beginning Alto Saxophone
·         Beginning Trumpet
·         Beginning Trombone
·         Beginning Baritone (Euphonium)
·         Beginning Tuba
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Beginning Percussion (drums, bells, etc.)

Intermediate Band (year-long)

Designed for students who have been playing one to two years, Intermediate Band offers a fun and challenging atmosphere that will equip them with the fundamental skills necessary to develop technical excellence. Music theory, music history, scale, and rhythmic studies will be incorporated into daily lessons. Students will refine the mechanics of proper sound production, will acquire knowledge of more difficult music reading, rhythm and rhythm patterns, and will further develop the social skills necessary to function successfully in a large group situation. Students will participate in several performances throughout the school year. Students will be assessed in both written and performance format.

Advanced Concert Band (year-long)

Designed for students with one or more years of school band and/or private lessons on a band instrument. This class includes the study and performance of advanced band literature with emphasis on tone, intonation, balance, blend, and musicality. Several performances will be planned throughout the year. Rental or purchase of an instrument is required. Placement audition required.

My Second Instrument (semester)

Whether you currently play an instrument (and read music) or you are brand new to the amazing world of instrumental music, this class is for you! Have you wanted to learn another instrument? Take this semester course and you will learn enough to play for your family or even join the band next school year! Instrument families taught: percussion, brass, woodwinds. Rental or purchase of a band instrument is required.

All Things Percussion (semester)

Do you want to learn how to play a paint bucket, a plate, or various percussion instruments that are just plain fun? This is the semester elective for you!  This low stress fun course will explore the fun side of all things, "percussion." The class will perform a few times during the school year.  Individual and group (ensemble) music will be taught. You will learn how to PLAY as well as how to read rhythms.  Emphasis will be placed on doing, (playing). This is also a perfect course for those wishing to participate in high school drum line!

Jazz Lab (year-long)

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of jazz improvisation and technique.  In addition to the techniques and rehearsal of performance, students will learn the theory and history of the music performed.  Students are taught improvisation, jazz forms, and styles.  Students will play beginning to intermediate level jazz music from various selected eras of musical history.  Styles of music to be covered: swing, blues, rock, and Latin.  Placement audition required. Period 0 offering. Sign up after school begins.

Beginning Strings (year-long)

This class is designed for students with no prior experience on a sting instrument. Basic skills such as correct hand positioning, tone production, and note reading will be taught. Several performances will be planned throughout the year. Rental or purchase of a string instrument is required.

·         Beginning Bass
·         Beginning Cello
·         Beginning Viola
·         Beginning Violin

Advanced Strings (year-long)

This class is designed for the student who has had at least one year of private/school instruction on an instrument. This class includes the study and performance of advanced string literature with emphasis on tone, intonation, balance, blend, and musicality. Several performances will be planned throughout the year.  Rental or purchase of a stringed instrument is required. Placement audition required.

Beginning Piano (semester)

Students will be taught basic skills such as correct hand position, note reading, counting, and basic theory. Students will experience rhythm games and online theory as well as learning basic performance technique.  Each semester will culminate in a recital performed by the students for parents.

Advanced Piano (semester)

Students will be taught sight reading, improvising, scales and more advanced theory as well as continuing to master basic piano skills. Students will also explore chording (improvisation using chords and melody line) as well as different techniques for learning music and digital recording.  This class requires the ability to work independently on projects assigned by the teacher. Each semester will culminate in a recital performed by the students for parents. Placement audition required.

A Cappella and Praise Ensemble (semester)

This ensemble class is designed to develop the voice in the areas of a cappella vocal performance and worship leading. Students will prepare and execute regular preparation of worship for chapels;  grow the voice and develop in solo and ensemble singing; study different styles of music; develop needed vocal skills to sing in these styles; learn about worship planning and vocal styles utilized in leading worship; develop and work with a cappella music learning about contemporary a cappella vocal style and vocal percussion; acquire the tools needed to sight sing and make music independently. This ensemble will perform in concerts and one choir festival during the year. Placement audition required.

Middle School Vocal Ensemble (year-long)

This choir class is designed to help students find and develop a love for singing and performance in a fun and safe environment. Students will grow the voice and develop ensemble singing; study different styles of music; develop needed vocal skills to sing in these styles; become comfortable on stage performing on their own or with a group singing traditional, jazz, gospel, Broadway and pop music; learn movement skills necessary to make performances more dynamic and expressive; explore digital recording and songwriting using apps to make music sound more professional; acquire the tools needed to sight sing and make music independently. MSVE will perform in concerts and one choir festival during the year.

Theatre and Vocal Performance (year-long)

(Formerly Music Theatre and Advanced Vocal Ensemble) Learn to sing and act using time-tested techniques that will grow your voice while developing acting skills, improvisation, characterization, music theatre and ensemble singing.  A combination choir and theatre class, this year-long course will introduce students to vocal performance and dramatic presentations. Projects will include a Christmas show, theatre and vocal festivals, MS Spring Musical production, and the Middle School Arts Extravaganza.  Students will develop skills needed for acting for the stage, ensemble and solo singing, microphone use, musical acting (how to sell a song), and movement, as well as understanding of principles of theatre production.  Students who have taken choir, musical theatre, or dance will be well suited to this class.  In preparation for each production or performance, individual auditions will be required for role determination. Application and vocal audition required.

Drama Production (fall semester)

Students who love theatre will enjoy the opportunity to be part of the cast who presents the middle school fall drama. From character development to curtain calls, this class allows both beginning and experienced actors to grow in their abilities through the process of putting on a show. Enrollment is not based on auditions, but students (and parents) should know that choosing this class is making a pledge to be in the fall production.  Rehearsal time outside of class is required, including lunchtime and weekend rehearsals near the dates of the production. (Note: Students who audition for Theatre and Vocal Performance may want to mark this as their #2 choice!) 

Improvisation Comedy and Scene Study (spring semester)

Students who are anxious to try out their improv skills or gain new ones will love this class! This course is an introduction to acting and comedy and is a non-audition class. Occasionally, there may be a need for additional rehearsal time outside of class in preparation for the sketch comedy performance. Students will learn improvisation games and techniques as well as explore the use of improvisation for scene creation and storytelling.  This class will culminate with a sketch comedy scene presentation. 

Principles of Dance (year-long)

This class has an emphasis on fundamental technique and basic performance skills.  First-time and/or inexperienced dancers will be exposed to multiple genres (jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop), and nurtured in personal expression, physical awareness, and creative discipline.  Students will be put to the test in these areas during their performance in the annual dance concert. (This class can also earn PE credit).

Dance Technique and Composition (year-long)

This course is designed to develop and challenge the skills of previously-trained dancers.  Emphasis is placed on proper technique and form through the advanced study of multiple genres (jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop).  Performance skills are also polished through participation in different productions throughout the year, including the annual dance concert.  Personal goal setting, concentration on physical discipline, and embracing the creative process are all on the agenda. 

Students will be placed in this advanced dance class based on technique, flexibility, and ability to pick up and retain choreography.  Students should wear appropriate dance attire and bring shoes necessary for jazz and contemporary movement styles. Students with prior dance experience who have not taken Principles of Dance will need to audition before being placed in the course. (This class can also earn PE credit). Placement audition required.

 

Physical Education Electives

PE/Strength and Conditioning (semester)

This course focuses on building confidence, sportsmanship, and character through play and sport. Students will practice basic movement skills including throwing, kicking, catching, running, and other movements creating an environment for students to engage in team sports, allowing them to work together and strategize as a group. Students will develop a deeper understanding of fitness through the introduction of weight training and soft tissue self-care. Operating with a thoughtful and intentional approach, students will be encouraged to think about what is happening to their body during play, sport, exercise, and daily activities. 

Principals of Dance/Dance Technique and Composition (year-long)

These courses may be used to fulfill the yearly semester PE requirement. Course descriptions are found under Performing Arts Electives.

STEM Electives

Intro to Engineering Design and Computer Coding (year-long)

In this class, students will develop basic engineering skills as they create, invent, explore, and discover using a variety of tools and materials.  If you are curious and passionate about making things that spring from your imagination, things that inspire you and that you admire, this is the class for you.  Students will learn the importance of collaboration, increase tool fluency, become more confident in problem solving, and gain a deeper understanding of the logic behind basic computer coding.

Intro to Aerospace Engineering (semester)

With a truly hands-on approach, students will learn the basics of aerospace engineering.  Students will discover the history of rocket development, from the earliest fire arrows in China to modern-day space shuttles. Using a variety of design and building projects such as catapults, kites, airplanes, kit rockets, and rockets made from scratch. The class emphasizes creative hands-on learning, scientific prediction, data collection, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. No previous experience or pre-requisites are necessary to enroll in this class.

Intro to Computer Science with JavaScript (semester)

Prerequisite: Intro to Engineering Design & Computer Coding; students must also be concurrently enrolled in or have completed Algebra 1.

Students will be introduced to fundamentals of coding in the context of the programming language JavaScript.  JavaScript is a language primarily used regarding web design and internet applications.  Students will learn to apply concepts such as top-down design in solving complex problems. Topics covered include: functions, loops, conditional statements, animation, cybersecurity and citizenship.  Students will be expected to occasionally utilize some concepts learned in algebra in this course.  Students are required to have any type of laptop/Chromebook; macs are OK. (Grades 7-8 only).

Intro to Computer Science with Python (semester)

Prerequisite: Intro to Engineering Design & Computer Coding; students must also be concurrently enrolled in or have completed Algebra 1.

Students will learn basics of computer science in the context of the python programming language.  Python is a computational language that is specifically used for calculations, machine learning, and simulations.  This course will focus primarily on math and solving problems through programming and data analysis.  Topics covered include: functions, loops, conditional statements, data analysis, machine learning, cybersecurity.  Students will be expected to utilize math concepts frequently in this course.  Students are required to have any type of laptop/Chromebook; macs are OK. (Grades 7-8 only).

Quest Space Program (year-long)

This course is ideal for students interested in pursuing science and engineering. Students learn through hands-on projects. Students use science and engineering to design experiments in microgravity. Students have an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of electronics, fluid density, magnetism, robotics, software engineering, and thermodynamics. The engineering design process and scientific method are taught and used. Placement in this class is subject to teacher approval, minimum of 3.0 GPA, and requires an application.

Solving the World's Problems Through Engineering (semester)

Prerequisite: Intro to Engineering Design & Computer Coding.

While being exposed to fundamentals and equations of engineering, the class will be invited to solve real world problems of their choosing.  This could include solar, water filtration, mobility, robotics, prosthetics, structures, games and more.  Students will be engaged in meaningful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and software coding to understand robotic operation and controls. The project-based units of focus will instill proper engineering practices from an early age, while maintaining the fun and excitement that comes from designing and building as a team. By the end of the course, students will understand key concepts engineers use in their everyday work and will begin preparatory work towards developing the kinds of skills expected for future careers.  Please note: this class may be taken multiple semesters as the projects will vary each semester. Students enrolled in this course are required to have a PC laptop (not a MacBook) for use in this course. (Grades 7-8 only)

Visual Arts Electives

Fundamentals of 3D Art/Ceramics (semester)

Come explore a variety of art media, applications, and techniques to create 3D art. Some of the projects will include clay, wood, wire, collage, paper mache, and mixed media. Through studying the different 3D assignments, students will learn how to create sculptures in any medium. Assignments will be geared toward both aesthetically pleasing projects and functional pottery. Students are encouraged to give specific attention to craftsmanship and self-expression.

 

Exploration of Ceramics (semester)

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of 3D Art/Ceramics.

This course will continue to build on the skills from the beginning level ceramics class. Students will explore a variety of methods of construction and glazing techniques which reflect a greater level of craftsmanship and ability. In addition, students will be challenged to deepen their knowledge of both technique and concept while becoming more fully involved in all aspects of the ceramics process. 

Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting (semester)

Students will discover the joys of seeing the world around them and gain the ability to portray that vision through pencil, pastels, watercolor, tempera, and acrylic paint. Projects will explore a variety of techniques which accommodate students of any ability or level. This class will encourage students to discover their personal style.

Exploration of Painting (semester)

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting. 

Students will build on skills learned in the Drawing and Painting course and will focus on mastering painting techniques. Using 20th century artists as a guide, students will explore the various techniques and methods used to create paintings and utilize these skills in their own artwork.

Multicultural Art (semester)

This course acquaints students with various art forms from cultures around the world. Combined with art appreciation lessons for each country, students will create their own two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects using a wide range of materials and artistic techniques. These will be used to create artwork from Africa, Mexico, Haiti, Asia, and Central and South America.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography (semester)

Our photography class is a great way to get to know the basics of photography.  We learn how the camera takes a picture and how to make that picture a piece of art.  Students can explore their areas of interest in photography and with extra time and effort can expand their talent in photography, no matter what their experience has been.  Students will learn how to take photos in fully manual mode, learn workflow utilizing Adobe Lightroom software (what to do with their photos after they take them), and photo editing.  Each student will need a basic camera. The school has a limited number of cameras if a student does not have access to their own camera. This is a semester class and is a great prep class for high school photography classes.  DSLR camera recommended.

Exploration of Digital Photography (semester)

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital Photography. 

Photography can be a powerful vehicle for creating stories. Through guided assignments, students will further build on the techniques learned in Fundamentals of Digital Photography to create bodies of work that tell stories. This will involve shooting projects and assignments outside the classroom.  Our class time will be more focused on critiquing work, editing images created outside of class, and finally laying out a book of the work from the semester. Students must have a DSLR or mirrorless camera to take this course.

Fundamentals of Film Production (semester)

This digital video course will provide students with a basic understanding of the technology and techniques used in film and explore ways in which film is created to achieve its desired effect on an audience. The emphasis of this course is creation.  In groups, students will create their own silent films, stop motion projects, and simulated interviews.  The projects will be critiqued as a class in order to generate new ideas and to introduce different film techniques to strengthen storytelling. Students will also learn how to edit their movies in iMovie.

Exploration of Film (semester)

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Film Production. This class will spend the semester telling the story of being a student at OCMS by creating a variety show.  Students will interview faculty, their classmates, and admin to create an engaging show that will air to the school.  Students will learn techniques in lighting, recording sound, and writing a script.

Yearbook (year-long)

This course creates individualized artwork and produces a corporate class project through the yearbook.  Students will take pictures, develop layouts, and design the cover.  Students will also learn to prepare pages for submission, to work within deadlines, and to complete the expectations required for the yearbook.  The final product is the pictorial representation of student life in the middle school. Due to the demands of this course, this course is for 7th and 8th grade students only; application required, and administration gives final approval of student course request.

Grade Level Programs

Grade 6

Walk Through the Ancient World - This program is designed to allow students to actively participate in a rich retelling of ancient history. Through storytelling, games, and drama, history will come alive! Discover Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome through an imaginary tour of the ancient civilizations. Students portray historical people of the past, broaden their understanding with maps, timelines, and games while depicting a character from ancient history.

WOLF Malibu Oceanography - Students will explore the wonders of our diverse coastal ecosystem including tide pools, estuaries, riparian ecology, oceans and marine science. Classes include fish dissection, underwater breathing, water testing for ammonia + nitrates, botany & microscopes, wild edibles, plant i.d. and more. This exciting program can be combined with High Ropes Course, Animal Shows, Primitive Skills Village, with all the traditional camp and bonding elements.

Greek Days - This annual event integrates all subject matters with two days of recreating the times of Ancient Greeks. Dressed in costume, all the students take the runway and model in a fashion show/contest. Students compete against each other in “Olympic” games. The top boy and girl of each event are crowned with a wreath in our Olympic ceremony. A highlight of the day is our Greek Feast with authentic Greek food.

Getty Center - The Getty is a world renowned museum with a collection that features many of the pieces our students study in 6th grade. This is an amazing opportunity to spend the day exploring the museum and experiencing art first-hand.

Arts Extravaganza - The MS Arts Extravaganza is an evening to celebrate both performing and visual arts in the middle school. Students from all visual arts classes display their art, our dance classes perform, and each beginning and advanced music class performs.

Grade 7

Student of the Month - In support of our school motto, “Preparing Minds for Leadership, Hearts for Service,” students are selected each month by the seventh-grade teachers in recognition of their outstanding character, attitude, participation, leadership, and/or service.

Medieval Day - This annual event integrates all subject areas with a full day spent recreating the times of Medieval Europe. Dressed in costume, all students participate in a fun-filled day of activities including jousting and building catapults. The excitement builds as student groups present their castles for judging and the most creative costumes earn a prize. We conclude the day with a delicious Medieval Feast.

Arts Extravaganza - The MS Arts Extravaganza is an evening to celebrate both performing and visual arts in the middle school. Students from all visual arts classes display their art, our dance classes perform, and each beginning and advanced music class performs.

Camp Big Bear - We have partnered with the Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Foundation (W.O.L.F) to supervise and coordinate our team building and outdoor activities, while our Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Life Director oversee the spiritual and personal growth emphasis. Our seventh-graders attend Camp Big Bear at Angelus Oaks, CA.

Grade 8

East Coast Adventure - Los Angeles to Boston, then on to Lexington and Concord, New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Washington, D.C. and back to Los Angeles. Nearly 1,000 miles by bus through eight states in eight days! That is what the eighth-grade students will experience on the annual East Coast Adventure. From Boston’s historic Freedom Trail to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the group of students, chaperones, and teachers will explore our nation’s history. Filled with memories of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, insightful knowledge of our nation’s past, and opportunities to forge new and lasting friendships, the annual eighth-grade East Coast Adventure will inspire the young Americans who represent the future of our nation.

Arts Extravaganza - The MS Arts Extravaganza is an evening to celebrate both performing and visual arts in the middle school. Students from all visual arts classes display their art, our dance classes perform, and each beginning and advanced music class performs.

Camp Joshua Tree - We have partnered with the Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Foundation (W.O.L.F) to supervise and coordinate our team building and outdoor activities, while our Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Life Director oversee the spiritual and personal growth emphasis. Our eighth-graders attend Camp Joshua Tree at Twentynine Palms, CA.

Athletics

The focus of Oaks Christian Athletics is to develop positive and confident boys and girls who express exceptional character and high moral values on and off the field. We embrace the belief that the athlete's character comes first. Winning is secondary.

 

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football (Grades 6-8)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tackle Football (Grades 7-8)
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

 

For more information, visit Athletics.