NCS Middle School is different. We’re always moving, laughing, and learning in new ways. We celebrate progress over perfection and skills over content, because we love that each student is unique. We help kids discover who they are and who they’re called to be. Middle school is a community. We live together, learn together, and grow together. We belong here.
At Nanaimo Christian Middle School we realize that adolescence is a unique time in life and as such, deserves a unique program. Our teachers don’t just want to teach, they specifically want to teach Middle School, and work to develop a successful Middle School program subscribing to the following philosophy.
We believe that education for young adolescents must be:
Developmentally responsive: Using the distinctive nature of young adolescents as the foundation upon which all decisions about school organization, policies, curriculum, instruction, and assessment are made.
Challenging: Ensuring that every student learns and every member of the learning community is held to high expectations.
Empowering: Providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take responsibility for their lives, to address life’s challenges, to function successfully at all levels of society, and to be creators of knowledge.
Equitable: Advocating for and ensuring every student’s right to learn and providing appropriately challenging and relevant learning opportunities for every student.
Unique Programs and Courses
At NCS Middle School, our students are part of a Bring Your Own Device program (BYOD). NCS decided to create a BYOD program in grades 6-12 as a response to the world in which our students live and to provide relevant and engaging learning experiences.
Middle School Rotations
One of the unique characteristics of our Middle School program is our MS Rotations. Students are divided into cross-graded groups depending on their band ability and experience. This allows us to offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced bands in Middle School! Students travel with their MS Rotation group to a variety of classes, including PE, French, Library, Tech, Health Science, and Woodworking & Design.
Part of our commitment to engaging middle-level education is providing an “exploratory” program. Students sign up for their choice of “Exploratories” during our Wednesday afternoon sessions, which run for approximately 5-6 weeks at a time. They have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities, including languages, crafts, sports, and more. We want to give students the chance to try new things and to explore their interests.
In Middle School we have a strong emphasis on leadership. One of the advantages of being part of a K-12 campus is the ability to lead and be led by others. We provide teaching around conflict resolution, leadership styles, and more in order to equip students to lead others. All students are expected to step out in leadership through service to others throughout the school community.
Students in Middle School take part in a specialized learning project where they focus on an area of interest throughout grades 6-8. Each student is taught to learn about something in depth, rather than simply settling for breadth of knowledge. Student projects culminate at the end of each year with an oral presentation to the middle school community.
Twice a year, the entire Middle School embarks on a camping adventure. In September, our Middle School Campout sets the stage for our entire year. The focus is to build community by immersing the students in common, team-building experiences. At the end of the year, the campout is often combined with a band trip where students are able to share their music progress and knowledge with other students on Vancouver Island. Both campouts are highlights each year and should not be missed!