LCS is committed to invest in the life of your child by creating environments and nurturing relationships that provide empowering opportunities for middle schoolers to be proud of their achievements as they live honorable and productive lives in their middle school.
Around LCS Middle School you will hear our team repeatedly say to parents and students alike, “You know, it is okay to be in middle school.” Even though it is often characteristically a rough ride, filled with insecurity, peer pressure, awkwardness, and world-rocking change, this is exactly where God wants young adolescents to be in their growth and development. At this age, students may begin questioning everything, struggling with impulsivity, lacking the ability to resist impulses, become confronted with peer pressure, and developing at different rates. We understand and promise to be a trusted, empathetic, and knowledgeable partner with your family.
Strong academics begins with a team of knowledgeable, qualified, and caring teachers who are called specifically to the middle school level. This team understands that the level of academic achievement that students attain by eighth grade has a large impact on their college and career readiness. The experiences in each middle school classrooms create pathways that cultivate the passions for lifelong learning. Therefore, in 6th – 8th grade, LCS students embrace a curriculum that with three elements that are integrally connected: rigor, relevance, and relationship.
Rigorous Learning – We seek to prepare student to have the competence to think in complex and critical ways as they exhibit humble confidence through our Instrumental Enrichment program (IE). During IE teachers will work with each student to increase his or her capacity to think and learn. This approach presses beyond the teaching of content to introducing instruments that will help students grow in brain function by developing and strengthening the cognitive strategies necessary for a student to be a more efficient, independent learner and problem solver.
Our math curriculum emphasizes equipping students to problem solve while focusing on student development of skills, concepts, processes, and the ability to “think about their thinking”. Students have the competence to think in complex ways as they engage in increasingly complex ways to apply knowledge. We want our students to be able to problem solve, reason, and apply the skills. This approach requires higher level thinking skills. We will still build factual understanding but this extends concepts and moves students from concrete to abstract thinking.
Our guided literacy program is embedded in a workshop model that journeys through a variety of genres. The reader’s workshop guides students to deeper understanding and reflection through small group, text-based discussion meetings based on the student’s access needs.
Our science curriculum promotes the exploration of natural curiosities and intellectual pursuits with “hands-on” engagement through active learning.
Relevant Learning – The seamless integration of faith and learning is a critical component in our pursuit of academic excellence. Through Faith Learning Integration in each course, we assist each student in a purpose-finding process as they are given opportunities to see connections in God’s created order. We help students to flourish, to be excited about learning, and to act upon that desire to make a difference. Also, our iXplore January Term (J-Term) program helps students to discover new interests, explore creatively, and develop a new motivation for learning. For three weeks in January, students participate in dynamic classes that are exploratory, integrative, and relevant.
Because LCS Middle School is composed of a spectrum of diverse learners at varying levels, we make available a variety of programs that provide additional helps.
The Learning Lab offers academic support services and accommodations to students who have diagnosed learning struggles. A faculty specialist with expertise in a broad range of subject areas is available to provide students with a more personalized learning experience.
Educational Therapy is available to identify and assess learning needs as well as implement individual educational therapy plans through the NILD program.
Study Skills instruction for sixth graders which include learning strategies that strengthen reading comprehension, summarization skills (taking notes), the use of graphic organizers, and effective testing taking habits
As we share life, we long to witness authentic spiritual transformation occur in all aspects of every life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our intention is to assist students in organizing their lives around Christ’s person and work, as they are restored and sustained by Him. The goal of our journey is to love God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as oneself.
Back to School Retreat – We want to be a school community that grows together in our relationships with Christ and one another. So right before classes begin each year, middle school students join an excited faculty team for a one-day retreat that is packed with loads of fun, small group discussions, trust building activities, and an encouraging message.
Middle School Bible Courses – Sixth graders begin with an integrated worldview and Bible survey course. It is designed to help students begin to formulate and relate learned Bible facts with a genuine Christian worldview, while laying the groundwork for later studies in different world beliefs and views. As seventh graders, face more and more decisions on their own they find that their new freedoms are followed by greater responsibility and higher expectations. Our seventh grade class encourages the student to study the wisdom of God in Proverbs, allowing Him to shape their lives. The eighth grade take an introductory look at Christian doctrine. Our focus will be to help every student grow in his or her desire to become like Christ.
Community Service – An essential component of our spiritual formation education the developing of a servant’s heart that is characterized by gratitude and thankfulness through giving to others. We help students put their faith into action as they look beyond themselves to discover what they can give each other, their school, community and world in the name of Christ. LCS has a long-standing history of service to our community. Students have community service opportunities throughout the year, such as:
Community Service Days
Kids Against Hunger
Chapel – Through our chapel program, we help students grow in their relationships with Christ.
Worship Team – Students can be equipped and mentored to lead worship during middle school chapel.
Power Plus Small Groups – LCS has been recognized for its Power Plus small group program by a global accreditation agency (AdvancED and ACSI). This program provides that all students have specific, purposeful faculty and peer connections in small group environments to foster communities that care for one another through authenticity and acceptance.
Girls’ Bible Studies – Interested middle school girls investigate Scripture in a weekly Bible study led by our middle school counselor.
Locker to Locker – The locker to locker program offer middle school girls the opportunity to join a group led by mature and welcoming high school young women to discuss relational struggles and to develop compassion for others and confidence in the themselves.
Inquire about Middle School at LCS
Are you ready to learn how your child can belong, grow, and succeed in our middle school program? Set up a tour and see how our approach to education provides peace of mind to parents and students during the wonky years of middle school.
Middle school is a time of exploration and discovery, a time when students are “figuring things out.”
During this transitional time, LCS empowers students with the resources of technology as it provides for safe, responsible, and wise use of technology. The LCS classroom is structured so that every student in the middle school uses a laptop as a tool for learning. This promotes the use of digital technology to create stronger, faster, and deeper avenues for research; promote collaboration; develop innovative products and the communication of information. The teacher’s task is to move the student from knowledge to understanding and ultimately to application for kingdom purposes.
Every student has their own computer and all classrooms have LCD projectors with all science and math classrooms equipped with SMART boards. Students have access to the Collaborative Learning Lab, which provides 24 computer stations with large monitors, interactive SMART boards, and classroom video conferencing technology. Every student is provided with the necessary software (Microsoft Office 365) and access to a learning management system. For the parent, each child’s information is readily available at any time through our ParentsWeb. This includes the posting of the student’s grades, lesson plans, attendance record, and parent announcements.
Connected in Community
We are proud of the students for creating a middle school community where it is safe to explore, connect, discover, and grow.
LCS Middle School Students . . .
Model how to recognize and show appreciation for the efforts and achievements of their friends.
Help one another react appropriately in challenging situations.
Are seeking to develop a growth mindset believing that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.
Can seek servant-leadership opportunities through Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society.
Understand that teachers and leadership work for policy and procedural consistency by providing continuity between classes and reinforcing school expectations for students.
Participate in an informational orientation before the start of each school year so that everyone loves middle school from day one.
Are recognized for Cougar Pride as demonstrated by personal responsibility, preparedness, respect, engagement, safety and responsibility
Outside the Classroom
Incredible activities await students each year . . .
Field trips to the Cranbrook Institute of Science, The Henry Ford Museum and Holocaust Memorial Center
The 8th Grade US History Adventure to Gettysburg, PA, Washington, DC and Mount Vernon, VA.
The Winter Formal Luncheon that help eighth graders navigate in a formal setting and celebrate their progress as they look forward to the transition into high school.
Servant leadership opportunities . . .
National Junior Honor Society
Middle School Worship Team
Various classes offered, including immersive opportunities during iXplore J-Term
Summer Enrichment Camps for LCS Students
Athletics at Lenawee Christian School is an extension of the teaching and training that takes place within the classroom. We believe teams and competition are a training ground for spiritual formation, character and life skill development. Competition places student-athletes, coaches, and parents in a situation where their character is revealed. As this character is revealed, we can celebrate the positive Christ centered responses and continue to learn through accountability to submit our will and way to God within the environment of competition.
Middle School athletic teams are focused on participation and engaging as many students as possible to experience being on a team. Stronger players have opportunities to excel and lead while modelling skills for newer players. New players are encouraged to participate and work on essential fundamentals of the sport.
LCS is currently an independent school not connected directly to any specific league for Middle School sports. We play various public schools and other private schools in the area. Coaches are focused on engaging each athlete within a 3 Dimensional Coaching model which focuses on teaching proper fundamentals, influencing through healthy motivation, and inspiring the heart of each student-athlete to strive toward their full potential in life and within competition.
Middle School students are able to participate in band or choir during the school day. In addition to their concerts, students can work toward participating in Solo and Ensemble and MSBOA Festivals.
Students have the opportunity to learn the basic elements of art and design and celebrate their talents and personalities as they express themselves through a variety of mediums.
Opportunities exist for students to gain experience in the performing arts through a drama elective during the school day as well as an iXplore elective.
Middle school students are invited to audition for LCS’s theatrical productions depending on the seasonal play and/or musical needs.
In the media arts, yearbook offers an opportunity to learn design, publishing techniques, copy-writing, and editing while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records middle school memories.
See for Yourself
Are you ready to learn how your child can belong, grow, and succeed in our middle school program? Setup a tour and see how our approach to education provides peace of mind to parents and students during the wonky years of middle school.