Middle School Courses
*courses subject to change
6th Grade Academic Courses
English/Language Arts 6
Earth Science 6
World Studies 6
7th Grade Academic Courses
English/Language Arts 7
Life Science 7
World Studies 7
8th Grade Academic Courses
English/Language Arts 8
Physical Science 8
Georgia Studies 8
Early High School Courses (available for 8th Graders ONLY)
Chinese (Mandarin) I
Connections Courses (available for 6-8th graders)
Middle Grades Spanish (Edgenuity)
Connections Spanish is designed as a beginning level, semester long (18 weeks), course to expose students to basic concepts in the Spanish language. Students will explore the Spanish language through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities and games. Additionally, students will become familiar with the culture through music, art, history, foods, festivals, and notable Hispanics. This course does not count for high school credit.
Visual Arts I (Schoology)
The Middle School Art I class at Impact Academy takes place during the first semester and explores art by examining the work of historical and contemporary artists and responding, in some cases, by making art in a similar style or with the same process or subject matter. It also encourages creativity through a series of sketching activities. Students are asked to create works of art in the course using pencil, paint, wire and paper mache. Students also interact with each other through discussion posts in the Schoology platform. Two or three face to face hands-on art making opportunities are held (based on teacher availability) exploring linear perspective, facial proportions and shading and watercolor techniques.
Visual Arts II (Schoology)
The Middle School Art II class at Impact Academy takes place during the second semester and explores art by examining the work of historical and contemporary artists by making art in a similar style or with the same process or subject matter. It also encourages creativity through a series of sketching activities. Students are asked to create works of art in the course using pencil, paint, and other found objects. Two or three face to face hands-on art making opportunities are held (based on teacher availability) exploring various art forms of the instructor’s choosing. Art I is not a prerequisite for Art II.
Digital Photography (Edgenuity)
Students see photographs every day on television, on the Internet, and in magazines and newspapers. What makes a great photograph? How did the artist capture a story? What makes a great picture? What are careers in photography? In this course, students learn and apply fundamental skills to use a camera and take photographs of animals, people, and landscapes. Students gain an understanding of how photography can be a means of documentation or high art. Students examine photographic careers and explore self-reflection to progress their creative growth as they develop a photographic portfolio. This course helps students select subjects, take a photograph, and print and display memories!
Physical Education (Edgenuity)
Physical Education (6-7 grade) is a content based course with required physical fitness activities which are self reported through the student fitness log requirement. The content based portion of this course explores: safe exercising and injury prevention; cardiovascular health; muscular strength and endurance; flexibility; nutrition and weight management; lifetime fitness; consumer product evaluation; biomechanical principles; team and individual sports; and stress management. Students are provided optional Exercise Sessions on campus during cafe days and other times/locations arranged by the teacher. Students will receive credit for these sessions by earning course content removal.
Middle School Journalism (Edgenuity)
Who? What? When? Where? Journalism provides us with the answers to these questions for the events that affect our lives. In this course, students will learn how to gather information, organize ideas, format stories for different forms of news media, and edit their stories for publication. The course will also examine the historical development of journalism and the role of journalism in society.
Skills for Adolescence (6th grade, Schoology)
This course explores many aspects of the middle school student’s everyday life: their education, their mental health, their relationships with others, and their digital wellbeing. Topics include study skills, note taking, setting goals, growth mindset, failure, empathy, compassion, emotional wellbeing, coping skills, self esteem, self image, friendships, peer pressure, bullying, communication skills, and digital citizenship. This course will cover the skills needed to navigate through these various topics and give our 6th graders some tips and tricks for conquering their middle school years with confidence and success.
Book Study: Peak (Schoology)
The course will take students on an adventure through the book Peak, by Roland Smith. When Peak Marcello gets caught breaking the law, his estranged father takes him in to keep him out of jail. Like Peak, his father is a rock climber who decides to help him climb Mount Everest. Will Peak make it to the top? Why does his father want to help him now? Through this class, students will not only expand their reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, but students will also explore literary devices such as context clues, similes, metaphors, point of view, characterization, personification, setting, and theme. You will be required to read the book Peak, but copies of the book are available for check out through Impact.
Agricultural Education I (Schoology)
The Middle School Agriculture I class is the first class in the middle school Agriculture series. Agriculture I is a content based course with required activities working in our school garden. The content based portion of the class covers topics such as: benefits of gardening, how agriculture affects our everyday lives, agriculture history, agriculture in Georgia, introduction to plant sciences, composting, and agricultural programs. Work in the school garden will take place each week during cafe days.
Agriculture Education II (Schoology)
The Middle School Agriculture II class is the second class in the middle school Agriculture series. Students must successfully complete Agriculture I before the student can take Agriculture II. Agriculture II is also a content based course with required activities working and maintaining our school garden. The content based portion of the class covers topics such as: agriculture history (more in depth than Ag I), agriculture in Georgia (more in depth than Ag I), animal science, horticulture, forestry and wildlife, soil and land use, conservation and preservation, technology in agriculture, and careers in agriculture. Work in the school garden will take place each week during cafe days.
Middle School students have the choice of taking connections courses through Impact Academy online or on-site at their zoned school. If students choose to take their connections courses at their zoned school, transportation will not be provided by Impact Academy.