Middle School Academics

IBCK Educational Center provides middle school students a strong academic foundation, opportunities for greater independence, organization and responsibility. Students are introduced to English literature in 6th grade and continued through 7th to 8th grade. Students also study vocabulary and composition. Math instruction focuses on the essential strands students must master for a strong, broad math foundation. They are number sense and operations, measurement, data analysis and probability, geometry and algebra. Pre-Algebra is taken in 8th grade which is a pre-requisite for Algebra I. In middle school, students develop a broad understanding of earth, physical and life Science. They also learn about the scientific process, problem-solving skills, and hands-on experiments. Students develop a greater understanding of our world through Social Studies. They are exposed to facts, concepts, and skills of history and social sciences to promote citizenship. Physical education is an integral part of our program. Students learn the importance of including regular fitness activity in their lives to develop muscular strength, maintain fitness and improve their cardiovascular health. Students receive P.E. three times a week.
 
 
INTEGRATION OF BIBLICAL TRUTH IN CURRICULUM
IBCK Educational Center is a Christ-centered school. It is imperative that we focus on Biblical truths and implement them throughout every subject that is taught in the classrooms. The Bible provides a solid source of wisdom for every subject that is taught. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Therefore, parents, students, and staff must take the time to understand the importance of holding everything that is taught up to the light of Scripture. Psalm 119:130 says, “The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced.”
ABEKA BOOK CURRICULUM

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At IBCK Educational Center we utilize the A Beka Book curriculum to instruct our students from Kindergarten to Twelfth grade in conjunction with supplemental resources. We chose A Beka Book after doing extensive research due to their excellent reputation and high standards in scholastic material. The following is an excerpt from their website. “Three decades ago, ABeka Book began with the mission of providing Christian schools with high-quality textbooks and teaching aids to help each school fulfill its educational goals. The hundreds of traditional educational materials from A Beka Book have been developed and refined over a period of 50 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy, one of America’s largest and most respected Christian schools. As a result, throughout the nation A Beka Book is recognized as the standard of excellence in the publishing of textbooks and other scholastic materials... Our materials reflect sensible theory that is firmly anchored to practicality.”
 
For More Information: www.Abeka.com
 
 
PEARSON CURRICULUM

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You’ve bought in to the power of one-on-one education. Nothing is closer to our hearts here at Pearson. Personalized learning is the key to every homeschool curriculum tool we offer you. Based on the latest research about how kids acquire, retain and use learning, our programs let students set their own pace. Assessment tools are built right in so you can always be clear about how they are progressing – without letting your parental biases get in the way. You have to cover a lot of ground to school a child in all of the essential subjects and skills – plus the special experiences you aspire to give them. Pearson programs let you cover every base in math, science, reading, social studies and more for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12. You can build your own complete core curriculum or rely on our teaching tools to supplement other materials you have discovered. Either way, you’re working with the best there is: tested tools that are proven to help kids achieve more.
 
For More Information: www.pearson.com
IBCK LAB CURRICULUM

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Meeting the needs of our special needs population is very important to us. We utilize the A Beka Book Curriculum, hands on materials, visuals and other research based learning materials to enhance student learning and meet their learning goals. We also teach Life Skills as an alternative for our High School students unable to handle a rigorous academic curriculum.

 

FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL (FLVS)

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In order to expand the elective academic options for our students and allow opportunities for credit recovery as well as early graduation, we have established an affiliation with Florida Virtual School. Non-scholarship, Step-Up and McKay Scholarship students are able to sign up for two courses annually at no additional cost to the parents/guardians.
 
Through FLVS students are able to work on their courses at school and home. FLVS is available all year long, allowing students the ability to complete credits during the summer months. All completed FLVS courses will be documented on the student transcripts. FLVS is available to students from Kindergarten to Twelfth grade. Only students in Middle and High school are allowed to work on courses during school time. Students MUST have parent/guardian consent in order to register for FLVS courses.
GRADING

At IBCK Educational Center, we believe in keeping parents/guardians well informed about their student(s) academic progress. All students’ grades are kept in an electronic format available for parents/guardians to access throughout the school year. In addition, parents/guardians will receive a report card at the end of each quarter to evaluate the student’s academic progress. A student’s grades may include: test scores, quiz scores, homework, notebook checks, projects, reports, and classroom participation.The grading system will look like the scale below.
 
Academic Scale for Grades 6th through 8th
 
Letter Grade Percent Grade
A 100%-90%
B 89%-80%
C 79%-70%
D 69%-60%
F 59%-0

 

HOMEWORK

IBCK Educational Center believes homework is a vital part of the educational process. It provides opportunities for students to reinforce skills, gain a better understanding of the subject matter, and extend their thinking through research and application. Homework helps students hone their work habits and organizational and study skills; it helps them to increase independence and responsibility. Homework also helps connect parents/guardians with what their children are learning in school. Educational research shows that students who complete appropriate homework assignments demonstrate significant gains in academic achievement.The following are the guidelines used for determining the amount and type of homework.
 
Homework is given to reinforce or practice essential skills.
 
Students are to read at least 20 minutes a day at home.
 
Teachers will assign practice questions for math skills.
 
Homework should not exceed more than an hour to complete at home. This constitutes with the student sitting at a table and working without interruption.
 
Students are generally given a minimum of 20 minutes to work on homework at school during their study hall to help keep down the amount spent at home. Homework is graded and is part of the overall class average.
 

Helpful Homework Tips

  • Pray with your child before beginning their assignments.

  • Have a homework-friendly areas. (Structured, well lit, and comfortable)

  • Have a regular time scheduled for homework. (This will help build a routine for students and will help them transition into a homework-ready mentality).

  • Keep distractions to a bare minimum. (No TV, loud music, or other electronic devices that can cause distraction).

  • Monitor their work and make sure they do their own work. (Let them make mistakes and figure out what they are doing wrong—this is all about them mastering the skill not, just getting it done and over with).

  • Encourage. (Give them praise for their hard work and effort).

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT POLICY

Extra credit will not be given to students due to the fact that if they are struggling with accomplishing their regular assignments, additional work will not be beneficial to the student.
 
EXTRA WORK IS NOT PERMITTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPROVING GRADES.
 
However, a teacher may repeat an assignment in a different format. A teacher may also individualize a previous assignment in order to improve skills and/replace a low grade.
 
THIS WILL NOT BE USED AS A LAST MINUTE EFFORT TO SALVAGE A GRADE.
 
Teachers, to their discretion, may give bonus questions tests or quizzes; however, questions must be from the studied materials and of higher-level thinking.
 
 
 
PROMOTION/RETENTION POLICY

All decisions regarding the promotion/retention of a student rests with the administration team for students from kindergarten through Twelve grade. Failing grades in core subject areas (Bible, Reading, Writing, Science, History, and Math) must be made up in approved summer school courses before a student passes to the next grade. A student that has more than two failing yearly grades in core classes will automatically be required to repeat his/her current grade.
 
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