Excellence in College Preparatory Education
7th & 8th Grade
radford Christian Academy’s 7th and 8th grades occupy a distinct, self-contained academic program. Educational research informs that an optimal middle school program consists of 7th and 8th grade that is developmentally appropriate, attending to both academic progress and the cognitive, emotional, and physical transition from childhood to young adulthood.
Students are part of a small learning community (no more than 15 in each grade) of peers whose school experience includes intentional focus on developing the academic, social, organizational, spiritual, and emotional skills and disciplines necessary for high school success. In middle school students begin to recognize and understand themselves as learners in very individualized ways. An intentional middle school community supports this process. In addition, academic needs and abilities vary widely during these two years. By locating 7th and 8th graders in proximity to the high school, they have access to subject-matter specialist teachers. And, with parent and teacher approval, students can also access some high school classes as well as participate in a wider range of arts, athletic, and service programs.
BCA’s 7th and 8th grade takes place in our upper school building in a separate, self-contained wing of classrooms with its own bathrooms, drop-off, and entrance. The building is always locked and has an activated alarm system on at all times. Students have their own chapel and lunch period.
BCA’s lead teacher for the 7th and 8th grades also serves as chaplain for 7th, 8th, and 9th grades setting a positive, cohesive, and consistent tone. Morning devotional time occurs daily, chapel is held weekly, and teachers integrate faith into all subjects.
igh school years represent an important transition to the academic and social independence required in college. Today’s colleges seek students who exceed averages in standardized testing and Grade Point Averages (GPA), who are well-rounded with extracurricular activities, and who can think, write, and speak clearly, critically, and creatively. At Bradford Christian Academy, we prepare our students for the demands of college studies and for life beyond college. Our graduates are ready to engage with discernment as people of faith in our contemporary culture.
BCA’s curriculum is designed to teach students to analyze accurately, evaluate discerningly, and act purposefully on new information and ideas. Students learn effective expression of ideas by developing strong, clear writing, speaking, rhetoric, and logic skills. Freshmen and sophomores build core skills and foundational knowledge in key academic areas, such as classic literature, Bible and theology, world history, science and technology, world languages, and mathematics, allowing students then to diversify and expand to areas of interest in the junior and senior years. Throughout their high school years, students are also offered an array of enrichment classes to expand their talents and interests. We believe that all of our students have the ability to master the school’s essential curriculum, and we guide our students to strive for personal growth. BCA’s curriculum is challenging, flexible, and expansive, and our students prove that they will stretch to reach high standards when clearly set for them.
Our BCA teachers are highly credentialed in their subject area and passionate about imparting their knowledge to high school students. Our teachers work closely with interdisciplinary instruction and present a faith-based world view throughout our classic high school curriculum. Our small class sizes allow teachers to know our students well and help them identify gifts, skills, and interests that help shape future college and career choices. We focus on the individual student, and the curriculum is shaped to fit the talents, abilities, levels, and college goals of the unique individual. BCA offers over 85 classes, including AP selections, SAT preparation classes, and hundreds of course electives with our dual credit program for juniors and seniors through Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and Southern New Hampshire University.