Junior High School
Junior High School
A private school in Tyler, Texas, that takes seriously the statement that “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!'”
GCS Junior High
Embracing the Awkward Years
Why Grace for Junior High?
Thank you for visiting the Grace Junior High page. I do hope that this information is helpful to you and please do feel free to contact us if you have any questions or you need further assistance.
The Grace Junior High has grown into a strong supportive community of learners with a wide variety of opportunities which assist our students to discover and nurture their God-given passions and talents. The core academic subjects are blended with quality fine art and sports programs. Every subject and every program are taught and coached for the Audience of One. By the time the Junior High students leave for their high school years, they have been prepared academically, spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
Grace Junior High seeks to nurture the spiritual growth of the students through weekly chapels, Caritas (small groups), Bible classes, service opportunities, and a Biblically-based curriculum.
The Grace faculty and staff are qualified and experienced and they care so much for their students and the quality of the educational program. The Junior High faculty and staff strive to create a challenging, safe, and loving learning environment for their students.
We are honored to partner with families during these exciting years of your child’s life. Please do feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to visit Grace. We would love the opportunity to meet you and your child.
GCS Junior High News
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Grade Level Highlights
Sixth Grade Curriculum
Seventh Grade Curriculum
Eighth Grade Curriculum
Parent and Student Handbook, to read the handbook, click here.
Mr. Cunningham’s 6th grade history, link to resources click here.
Mr. Olson’s 7th grade math, link to resources click here.
Mr. Olson’s 7th and 8th grade pre-algebra, link to resources click here.
2017 Summer Reading for incoming 6th graders, link to resources click here.
2017 Summer Reading for incoming 7th graders, link to resources click here.
2017 Summer Reading for incoming 8th graders, link to resources click here.
2017-18 6th Grade Supply List, link to resources click here.
2017-18 7th Grade Supply List, link to resources, click here.
2017-18 8th Grade Supply List, link to resources click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Junior high students attend chapel once a week and Caritas groups meet once a month.
Sixth graders may compete in swimming and drum line, both after-school activities.
Seventh and eighth graders may participate in drum line, basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.
The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. for junior high students. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. Upon arrival, students must remain in their first period classroom. The school day ends at 3:25 p.m. for junior high students on Monday through Thursday and 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Sixth graders and their siblings should be picked up in the front of the junior high building, seventh, and eighth graders will be picked up behind the junior high building. Siblings should wait in the location of the youngest sibling. Unless attending a scheduled school activity, students should be picked up no later than 3:55 p.m and 1:25 p.m. on Fridays. After this time, students should be picked up from the junior high office where a late fee of $10.00 will be due.
During the school day, students will be released only to parents or others listed on the Emergency Procedure Card or with written permission. Siblings who drive must be listed on the Emergency Procedure Card in order to be able to pick up their sibling(s) during the school day.
Even though we understand that it is less convenient, junior high students may not go to the high school to be picked up with or by a high school sibling. The high school sibling must come to the junior high to pick up the student. This policy exists for the protection of your student and for consideration of the high school faculty; but it is difficult to monitor so we need your cooperation. We appeal to you to abide by it and to support your student in doing what we have asked you to do.
Students are only allowed to stay after school if they are involved in a junior high activity such as team practices, fine arts rehearsals, tutorials, or clubs. They are not allowed to stay with an older sibling or friend. If they are staying after school to work on a project, attend a Bible study, or other activities, please make sure they have a staff member who has agreed to supervise.
If you anticipate an absence of more than one day, the student needs to get a form from the office for teachers to fill out. All parents and visitors must wear a visitor identification tag. Those who do not have one may secure one from the school office.
Be sure to check RenWeb for homework. Teachers will have their lesson plans posted by Saturday, but remember that unforeseen circumstances may occasionally cause some things to change.
If you would like to volunteer to chaperone or drive on a field trip, you must fill out a driver form and have a background check. You will need your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and social security card. Forms are available in the office.
Hot lunches may be ordered online once every six weeks. However, your student may choose to bring lunches from home. You are also welcome to bring a lunch to the office for your child to pick up. Please label it with their first and last name. Eighth graders will eat in the junior high gym, and sixth and seventh graders will eat in the high school cafeteria at 11:40 p.m.
Be familiar with the dress code in the handbook. Issues will be dealt with as discreetly as possible. If your child is in violation of the dress code, they will wait in the office until a change of clothes can be brought to them. If you have a question, you probably shouldn’t wear it, but you may call the office for clarification.
Cell phones must be turned off and stored either in the office (preferably) or in the locker (less secure) during the school day. If phones are out and on during the school day, they will be taken to the office where they may be redeemed at the end of the day for $15.00. There is a phone in the office for students to use if the school changes an event or practice which necessitates a change in carpool arrangements.
Summer reading will be posted on the website. Summer math (TBD).
JH Dismissal Times & Bell Schedule
Meet Our Team
Joe became the junior high principal in 2012. He has been a principal or teacher at three previous Christian schools located in the states of Indiana and Iowa. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Dordt College in Iowa and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Purdue University in Indiana. During his teaching days, Joe taught science, math and P.E. and coached several sports. Joe has a lifelong passion for Christian education and he says he is honored to be working with the Grace junior high families, teachers, and staff.