Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church middle school program provides a theoretical and practical education for all students. We facilitate an education that supports creativity, inquiry, habitual reading and self-reflection. We are committed to inspiring the love of learning in our students. As a Christian community, we strive to exemplify the core values of: integrity, responsibility, friendship, perseverance, citizenship, generosity, kindness/caring, leadership and respect.
Our teachers continually introduce new materials while reinforcing previous skills and content. Our small class sizes, high quality academics, and the integration of technology support our individualized approach. Our teachers make learning relevant and enjoyable.
Close student-teacher relationships allow Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church students to be comfortable taking educational risks and discussing new ideas as active participants in the classroom.
Our graduates surface with the confidence to lead and learn knowing that education should be empowering and enjoyable. Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church will show each student that their voice matters, and that good character is as important as strong math and science skills. Our graduating students are well-equipped to succeed in a challenging and rigorous high school environment.
Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church is honored to be a part of the National Student Council in support of our mission to help build empowered student leaders. As part of the Student Council, students who participate as part of their elective coursework have the opportunity to serve their fellow peers, faculty, and community in events that have the common goal of bringing people together as one community. With support of an academic advisor, National Student Council members become effective student leaders with the ability to encourage and influence a positive school climate.
Physical Education Electives
Here at Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church, students have the opportunity to take Physical Education courses around the city! Students have the choice to take tennis or swimming lessons coached by KPCA certified teachers specializing in tennis and swimming. Students are also given opportunities to expand their classroom to the local park or enjoy a run around the Brickell Bay area.
Learning Outside the Classroom
It is our goal at Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church to expand our students' learning environment beyond the classroom. Each quarter our students experience innovative learning opportunities in the Miami area. Additionally, students can take advantage of domestic educational travel opportunities such as trips to: Washington, D.C., the heart of American politics; Boston, Massachusetts, the center of colonial independence; and Los Angeles, California, the Golden State! While in D.C, students are able to connect with our nation’s history and culture as they visit museums, monuments, and memorials. In Boston, students are able to visit historic must-see sites critical to the founding of our nation. In LA, students are able to explore the performing arts while attending an acting workshop with professionals, participate in a makeup workshop and visit Hollywood landmarks and studios. All opportunities allow students to see their classroom textbooks come to life!
At Key Point Christian Academy, we combine an innovative curriculum, with daily physical education classes, and an organic meal program, to create what we believe is the highest quality education available for our students.
We have structured our kindergarten through 8th grade academic program around the high-quality Common Core State Standards.
For a deep conceptual math understanding that combines problem-based learning with visual learning, our academy implements curriculum that supports effective delivery of the Florida State Standards in mathematics and meets the needs of our students. Our sixth graders use the enVision mathematics 6th grade math curriculum to develop a clear understanding of math concepts with visual models and scaffolds in every lesson. Our 7th and 8th grade students learn with the Go Math! curriculum which supports a research-based instructional approach from our teachers and aids student learning with visual models, student-centered projects, and personalized learning.
In support of student inquiry, engagement, problem solving and creative solutions, our middle school students work with curriculums that are designed with the future scientist in mind. Our 6th graders use the elevate science curriculum that emphasizes student questions, problem solving and engineering solutions through inquiry, hands-on investigations, and evidence. Our 7th and 8th graders follow the state-of-the-art, Science Fusion curriculum. This program encourages students to fully engage with the fundamental steps of science: inquiring, thinking, predicting, analyzing, and applying. Both curriculums emphasize a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) skill focus to support deep conceptual understanding of science skills and topics.
Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church uses the exciting and motivating reading program titled, “Accelerated Reader” (AR). Students read a book, take an AR Quiz, and get immediate feedback on their reading skill progression. Teachers can set personalized goals for each student and easily monitor progress towards goals Teachers get reliable reports on reading comprehension, vocabulary, literacy skills, and more.
In support of student development of the competencies needed for college and career readiness, our middle school uses rigorous language arts curriculum. Our 6th graders learn with myPerspectives, an interactive and engaging literacy program that creates a relevant learning environment through readings, meaningful activities, and purposeful performance tasks. Our 7th and 8th graders learn with the Collections curriculum, a program that inspires them to become critical readers, writers, and thinkers by providing meaningful texts and learning opportunities. With results-driven instruction and exceptional differentiation, our students reach their fullest potential as critical thinkers and independent learners in reading and writing disciplines.
Our middle school social studies curriculum provides our students with a challenging experience that allows them to dig deep in the past, ask questions, uncover the connections for the world today, and prepare for the world tomorrow. In 6th grade our students learn with American History, a blended digital and text program that is designed to unlock our nation’s history with engaging stories, activities, and opportunities to draw connections between events in history and personal experiences. Our 7th and 8th graders engage with the comprehensive Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Social Studies program. This program is designed to engage and motivate every student by placing students inside everyday moments of history. Students learn the information and skills they need to become informed, participating citizens who consider diverse points-of-view, use critical thinking skills, and are active in their communities.
IXL provides online integration of skills practice taught across all content areas. IXL allows teachers to pinpoint areas that require additional support to master. Additionally, IXL provides personalized skill recommendations for each student that help fill gaps of knowledge and encourage students to take control of their learning. Each problem shown to students provides immediate feedback for mistakes with detailed explanations. IXL challenges students, builds confidence, and provides supportive instruction in a fun and meaningful way.
As part of our middle school elective program, students have the option to focus on French, Spanish and Italian culture, and are encouraged to work together on extended projects. The language curriculum includes games, literature and an exploration of customs and celebrations. Foreign language classes are designed to introduce vocabulary and a cultural approach to the French, Spanish and Italian speaking world. Students learn languages while listening to music, playing a variety of traditional games, as well as engaging in movement and dance activities, and practical conversation.
Our award winning STEAM middle school program believes in collaboration, innovation, and expression in learning by using technology as a gateway. Our STEAM program engages in project-based learning. Through our participation at numerous competitions, we are able to showcase our students' understanding of real world issues that exist today. Students develop strong critical thinking skills and are able to showcase their imagination by using their gained knowledge from other subjects and use them in the learning process during STEAM. Along with their understanding of their core subject materials, students learn how to create code using algorithms and programming language and use our incredible lab with state of the art 3D printing, iMacs, robots, and tools that allow them to put their imagination into action. We blend many of our subjects with innovation, through actions.
The middle school physical education program is designed to enhance our students’ physical, mental and emotional health. The program is based upon the refinement of fundamental skills in many areas of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, and muscle coordination. The program incorporates age appropriate cooperative games, moderate to more strenuous fitness, and practice in traditional sports and games. The program emphasizes cooperative learning, social interaction, problem solving, shared leadership and challenge in a safe environment. Additionally, students attend health class to learn about healthy habits and choices.
In middle school, students are given the opportunity to expand their understanding of music. They are required to demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking skills more rigorously through projects and evidence-based explanations. Students strengthen their skills and technique on instruments by playing a multicultural repertoire of songs on the guitar, violin, or cello; the instruments used in the middle school music curriculum. Additionally, students expand their awareness of the use of the musical elements, tuning, reading musical notation, rhythm accuracy, instrument families, stories with sound effects, and body expression. Students participate in several events that allow students the opportunity to perform throughout the school year. Our overall goal is to provide our students the tools to enhance their artistic abilities, knowledge and motivation to play music.
Arts and Enrichment
Key Point Christian Academy at First Miami Presbyterian Church art program encourages children to express themselves through various mediums. Art theory and technique is introduced to the students through means of exploration and discovery, building a foundation for artistic expression and aesthetic awareness. Special cultural studies throughout the year expand the children's knowledge of not only traditional art forms from around the world, but the history of art as a whole. Art provides students with a natural way to communicate thoughts, feelings and ideas as well as a way to develop an understanding and appreciation of the artistic process. Students study concepts such as perspective and value in greater depth, typically in the context of interdisciplinary projects. They examine art from Egypt, Greece and Rome, exploring how historical context can help explain technique and content. Techniques include contour drawing, silhouette cutting, and charcoal portraiture. Additionally, students write about the process behind their own artwork, and give and receive constructive feedback with their classmates.
The middle school students are given in-depth lessons in Christian Education which are designed to teach them the importance of faith in their lives. Students are given a copy of the Bible and using the FaitherWeaver NOW, are taught how to read and interpret the texts and understand the meaning of the words that apply to everyday life. Middle School students are encouraged to ask critical questions and engage in the material to gain understanding of how the Bible can teach us how to live as God's people inside the school and outside in the world.