Academics

A time of discovery and personal formation, middle schoolers explore their interests and abilities, dive into community, and build a foundation for future success all in an environment  that nurtures their spiritual formation as well as academic and social-emotional growth.

2018-2019 MS Course Catalog

Learn more about the middle school experience at Des Moines Christian through the categories below!

Spiritual Life
The Middle School years are pivotal to spiritual growth.  At DMCS, students deepen their understanding of who they are in Christ through biblical worldview training and small group studies.  Our program of daily Bible classes, weekly chapel, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Worldview Week, and other special events facilitates the discussions, interactions, and experiences that encourage students to think deeply about and take ownership of their faith. Service and leadership opportunities throughout the school and wider community invite students to share the love of Jesus as they put their faith into action. 
Advisory
Weekly advisory meetings provide connection points for middle school students with a member of faculty and a gender-specific group of peers. Advisory lessons cover spiritual life, personal growth, and managing the demands of school and social situations. Groups will participate in activities and service projects. A place to ask questions, receive guidance, and build community, faculty advisors walk alongside students during their middle school journey and help guide them towards greater independence, initiative in their learning, and confidence in their place at DMCS.  
Passion Groups

Passion Groups invite students to gather in a small group setting based on a particular interest area. Groups meet throughout the year to discuss their shared interest and consider how they might pursue their passions together.

Current 2018-2019 Passion Groups include:

  • Board Games
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Service
  • Art/Crafts
  • Yearbook
  • Worship Team
  • Bible
  • Film
  • Outdoor
  • Chapel Tech Team
  • Sports/Sports History
  • Book
  • Geography and History Bee
  • Building
  • Knowledge Bowl
Encore Classes

The Encore class program offers 7th and 8th graders elective-style courses on a 9-week rotation.

Current 2018-2019 Encore course offerings include:

  • Business Boot Camp (7th)
  • Spanish (7th & 8th)
  • Leadership (7th)
  • Outdoor Education (7th)
  • Career & Calling (8th)
  • Art Foundations (8th)
  • Film & Edit (8th)
1:1 Technology & Digital Citizenship
DMCS is a 1:1 school that utilizes technology to facilitate creativity, support communication and collaboration, extend research, promote critical thinking, and develop digital citizenship. Middle school students are equipped to utilize technology for 21st century learning in a responsible and effective manner.
 Washington D.C./NYC Trip
Eighth grade students travel to Washington D.C. and New York City as the culmination to their study of civics, exploring the cities and landmarks that have shaped our country. The trip cultivates class bonding as they prepare for the transition to high school.