Christ and My Life
The sixth grade curriculum presents three strands of instruction -- an overview of the New Testament, an in-depth, personalized study of popular passages, and an application of these scriptures to important issues faced by sixth graders. The focus is on personal Bible study and the understanding of principles which can guide all of life’s decisions. Students learn they can build a relationship with Christ following the example of I Timothy 4:12.
Students will be lead to a better understanding of Israel’s history through the lives of godly characters in the times of the judges. Students in seventh grade will study the twelve military leaders of Israel as well as Ruth, Eli, and Samuel. As they consider the positive and negative qualities of each person, they identify leadership principles and apply them to their own lives. This course introduces students to an interesting and significant period in Israel’s history.
Let God be God
This is a study of the character and attributes of God. This eighth course allows students to wrestle with questions they frequently ask in a framework that draws the answers from the Bible. The course is designed on the premise that the more we come to know God through a careful study of His Word, the greater will be our challenge to maintain a right relationship with Him. The Bible is integrated daily to give students a better grasp of who God is and how He interacts with His creation.
This course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to use the computer as a tool for improving personal productivity. Basic technology terminology will be discussed. Correct keyboarding techniques will be reviewed and practiced. Students experience hands-on beginning instruction in word processing, spreadsheet, multimedia presentation, and database programs. Correct computer usage and maintaining personal integrity in the use of computers will be emphasized and practiced.
6th Grade English
The purpose of this course is to supply students with word and thinking skills necessary to communicate effectively. Grammar is taught in such a way that students will be able to apply rules to daily writing and speaking activities. Students will combine words to form sentences, organize paragraphs, and recognize how each step of this process clearly builds on the next. Students are guided to organize a body of thought in an intelligent manner. Literature at the sixth grade level is taught to develop knowledge of literary history and genres. Students write in a variety of formats for various purposes and audiences. Students will develop abilities as readers, writers, listeners, speakers, viewers, and critical and creative thinkers.
7th Grade English
The purpose of this course guides students to recognize that writing takes many forms and is part of everyday life. Writing skills are enhanced with guidance towards students becoming confident and creative writers. Short stories, poetry, and the novel will be introduced at this level. Students will use spelling, vocabulary, and grammar skills to practice writing. A study of literature is emphasized as well as writing skills, vocabulary development, and the elements of language and grammar. Students will be expected to discuss literary themes and literary elements. Students will study new vocabulary along with literary selections. Students will gather a portfolio of the year’s writings to be able to see progress throughout the year.
8th Grade English
This course emphasizes literature study, writing skills, vocabulary development, and the elements of language and grammar. Students will be expected to discuss themes and literary elements. Items covered include short stories, autobiography, poetry, and personal journals and essays. Students will create personal writings for a portfolio as a tool for viewing progress throughout the year. An emphasis on vocabulary pertaining to the reading selections will be a continuing process. Students will continuously evaluate personal writing skills using the six qualities of good writing.
6th - 8th Grade ELA
Our middle school ELA courses are integrated with social studies in a Project Based Learning model. Students practice grammar usage, research strategies, and writing styles through topics that align with middle school social studies standards. Students get hands-on experience with various media formats and deliver several oral presentations. Assignments focus on identifying and utilizing primary and secondary sources to meet ELA standards identified by both the state of Oklahoma and the ACT. Students present their research and ideas using the MLA format, in preparation for both high school and collegiate writing.
Middle school art is designed to expose students to a variety of media and techniques. Emphasis is given to perspective and the design elements and principles. Students will experience drawing, painting, and printmaking as well as sculpture.
Music and Drama
This course serves as an introduction to the theatre and music. Students develop an ability to perform and speak in front of others. The skills gained in this course help the student develop a stage presence, vocal and physical techniques, ensemble skills, and character development skills.
Speech class is designed to help students develop a broad spectrum of communication skills to include face-to-face presentations, electronic communications, and multimedia based communications. Face-to-face communications will include learning to write and present a process speech, expository speech, persuasive speech, and oratory.
The “OCA Way” is a course in teen leadership, team-building, and character development. We make use of the nationally recognized “Teen Leadership 5.0” material developed by the Flippen Group, a consulting firm specializing in leadership training for schools and corporations. The goals of the OCA Way are to see middle schoolers develop better people skills, more confidence to speak in public, improved relations with peers, and for them to become the servant leaders needed by our families, churches, and nations.
The OCA Technology Club introduces technology topics through brief lectures that introduce hands-on workshops. Students have the opportunity to suggest topics of interest for lectures and workshops. Team projects are encouraged. Technology club is open to anyone who is interested in electronics, rockets, radio control systems, microcontrollers, robotics, cyber security, programming, game design, server design, networking, or computers in general. This class is designed to increase technology-related knowledge and foster a spirit of invention and creative design.
Middle School Robotics uses teamwork to solve challenging technical and work issues. Working in conjunction with FIRST® LEGO League, students will collaborate to accomplish missions with a LEGO Mindstorm robot and solve major world issues as directed by FIRST® LEGO League.
This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and assumes no previous knowledge or limited knowledge. The class will use Spanish in speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. The students will be given opportunities to use the language through games, drama, celebrations, special projects, and field trips. Students will also develop an appreciation for Hispanic culture as they explore different countries and customs.
Health Education is a comprehensive course based upon the skills and knowledge needed to help one maintain a healthy lifestyle. The primary focus areas are communicable and chronic diseases, consumer and community health, environmental health, family living, growth and development, injury prevention and safety, mental and emotional health, nutrition, personal health, and substance use and abuse.
6th Grade Math
This course introduces students to integer operations, exponents and square roots. Students explore measurement, fractions, percents, percents of change, probability and ratios. Statistics are studied through data collection, creating and reading graphs. Concepts in geometry and algebra include area, patterns, sequences, solving equations, graphing on the coordinate plane and the introduction of functions.
The main emphasis of the Pre-Algebra course is to prepare students for Algebra 1. Topics include rational number operations, geometry, statistics, exponential expressions, linear expressions, equations, functions and inequalities. Throughout the course students will explore mathematical uses in real-world scenarios.
Algebra I builds on the skills learned in Pre-Algebra. Topics include linear graphing, solving linear equations, inequalities and systems. Students will be introduced to solving nonlinear equations and graphs of advanced functions. An emphasis is placed on using Algebra to solve problems in the real-world. This course provides students a foundation for concepts that will be learned in Algebra II and Precalculus.
Physical Education at OCA is designed to contribute to the total growth and development of each student, primarily through movement experiences. Physical Education helps achieve the following outcomes -- development of motor skills and movement competence, personal health and wellness skills, lifetime activity skills, and positive life skills.
Integrated Science 6
Integrated Life Science curriculum emphasizes the skills of scientific inquiry, scientific literacy and the use of 21st century skills in physical, life, earth and space sciences. The sixth grade broad subjects include scientific processes and inquiry, weather/climate, Earth’s water, energy transformation, animal/plant cells. Each of these scientific wonders is credited to God rather than to the chance processes of many evolutionary theories.
Integrated Science 7
7th Grade Integrated Earth Science is a course designed to encourage and enhance student inquiry, understanding, and application of scientific principles to everyday life. Throughout the year, students will cover areas of science including inquiry, matter-energy relationships, universal gravitation, solar system dynamics, weather patterns, energy, the nervous system, genetics, and natural selection. Complexity and knowledge in science is credited to God with a focus on Him as our creator and sustainer.
Integrated Science 8
Integrated Life Science curriculum emphasizes the skills of scientific inquiry, scientific literacy and the use of 21st century skills in physical, physical, life and earth sciences. The eighth grade subjects include the metric system, scientific processes, the periodic table, Newton’s law of motion, light waves, sound waves, minerals, rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes, and dichotomous keys. Each of these scientific wonders is credited to God rather than to the chance processes of many evolutionary theories.
6th Grade Geography
Students will use geographic knowledge as a tool for understanding the concepts of economics and the impact of recent history on contemporary events. Students will focus on spatial patterns of human and physical characteristics of the world and its peoples, and will explore how these patterns form, change over time, and relate to one another in the the Western Hemisphere. The Western Hemisphere is treated as the areas of North America, South America, and the Caribbean.
7th Grade Geography
Students will use geographic knowledge as a tool for understanding the concepts of economics and the impact of recent history on contemporary events. Students will focus on spatial patterns of human and physical characteristics of the world and its peoples, and will explore how these patterns form, change over time, and relate to one another in the Eastern Hemisphere. The Eastern Hemisphere is treated as the areas of Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Oceania.
The focus of the course in United States History for Grade 8 is the American Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras (1754-1877). Students will analyze the major causes, key events, and important personalities of the American Revolution. The student will examine in greater depth the factors, events, documents, significant individuals, and political ideas that led to the formation of the United States of America. These will be pursued through a chronological study of the early national period, westward expansion, and the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras. Citizenship skills will focus upon the historic development and understanding of constitutional government in the United States.