Upper School

Students in grades four and five experience many opportunities to become more independent and responsible for their own learning. Christ Methodist provides transitions during these years to prepare the boys and girls for middle school. In fourth grade, students have a departmentalized learning environment in which one teacher specializes in literature and language arts and her partner, in math, science, and social studies.  In fifth grade, students rotate through a block schedule with four teachers.  Each teacher specializes in one field of study: language arts, science/social studies, math, or literature.

In addition to their core subjects, students rotate through Encore classes, which are taught by specialized teachers in the areas of art, Bible, computer, E Lab, leadership, library, math lab, music, physical education, Spanish, and science lab. Several out-of-town field trips are included in the upper school curriculum, as well.

Each grade level at CMDS has its own set of unique traditions and learning experiences.  Fourth graders look forward to displaying their impressive research projects, as well as performing for their families and fellow students, at the annual “State Fair,” a perfect finale to their year-long study of the five regions of the United States. Fifth graders connect the dots between what they have been learning in class and the real world, through role-playing during their day-long visit to BizTown!, a fully-interactive simulated town facility.  Students always have fond memories of these events.

The culmination of the CMDS experience, sixth grade is packed with special traditions and academic highlights. Each fall, the group takes an overnight trip, which really creates a tight bond between the students. Other highlights include being the stars of the annual Christmas Musical and being honored and celebrated at the annual Sixth Grade Roast, an entertaining Oscar-themed show hosted each year by the fifth grade class.

In sixth grade, students rotate through a block schedule with four teachers.  Each teacher specializes in one field of study: language arts, science/social studies, math, or literature.

Dissecting frogs in the science lab, playing the Stock Market Game, and exploring computer science with Ms. Moon are just a few of the exciting classroom activities our sixth graders experience. The 1:1 Chromebook program further enhances their learning and their independence. By the time Graduation arrives in May, our sixth graders are well prepared for what lies ahead.

4th Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA), Novel Studies, Handwriting Without Tears, Vocabulary for Achievement
Math:
McGraw Hill Math Connects , Weekly Math Lab
Science and Engineering:
CKLA Domain, Weekly Science Lab, Carolina Biological Building Blocks of Science, Weekly E Lab
Social Studies:
CKLA Domain
Bible:
Daily Devotion, Weekly Bible class, Weekly Chapel
Fine Arts:
Weekly Art & Music classes, Christmas Musical
Foreign Language:
Weekly Spanish Class
Leadership:
Weekly Leadership class
Library:
Weekly Library class
Physical Education:
Weekly PE Class
Technology:
iPads, iTouches, Weekly Computer Lab, Promethean Boards

5th Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:
Novel/Literature Studies, Vocabulary for Achievement, Grammar Handbook
Math:
McGraw Hill Math Connects , Weekly Math Lab
Science and Engineering:
CKLA Domain, Weekly Science Lab, Carolina Biological Building Blocks of Science, Weekly E Lab
Social Studies:
Core Knowledge Sequence
Bible:
Daily Devotion, Weekly Bible class, Weekly Chapel
Fine Arts:
Weekly Art & Music classes, Christmas Musical
Foreign Language:
Weekly Spanish Class
Leadership:
Weekly Leadership class
Library:
Weekly Library class
Physical Education:
Weekly PE Class
Technology:
1:1 Chromebook program, iPads, iTouches, Weekly Computer Lab, Promethean Boards

6th Grade Curriculum

Language Arts:
Novel/Literature Studies, Literature Discussion Groups, Vocabulary for Achievement, Grammar Handbook
Math:
McGraw Hill Math Connects , Weekly Math Lab
Science and Engineering:
CKLA Domain, Weekly Science Lab, Carolina Biological Smithsonian’s STC Middle School Curriculum, Weekly E Lab
Social Studies:
Core Knowledge Sequence
Bible:
Daily Devotion, Weekly Bible class, Weekly Chapel
Fine Arts:
Weekly Art & Music classes, Christmas Musical
Foreign Language:
Weekly Spanish Class
Leadership:
Weekly Leadership class
Library:
Weekly Library class
Physical Education:
Weekly PE Class
Technology:
1:1 Chromebook program, iPads, iTouches, Weekly Computer Lab, Promethean Boards