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 Middle School
Navigating The Curious Years
Why Grace for Middle School?
Thank you for visiting the Grace Middle School 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 Middle School 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 Middle School students leave for their high school years, they have been prepared academically, spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
Grace Middle School 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 Middle School 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 Middle School News
Have you ever caught yourself telling your kids, “Do as I say, not as I do?” Here’s the truth: your kids are going to do what you do. Right or wrong, your kids are going to follow in our footsteps. The question is not, “Will our kids follow our example?” The question...
We are excited to announce and invite you to one of our school’s biggest fundraising events, the Grace Auction featuring guest speaker Jim Denison! This event will be held on Thursday, November 4th at Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center. Doors...
The Homecoming Tailgate Party is a growing tradition around our biggest game of the year - and you are invited to be a part! Before the Homecoming Football game on September 17th, join the celebration as we pack the high school parking lot with the largest tailgate...
Grade Level Highlights
Fifth Grade Curriculum
Fifth grade students now join the wonderful world of the Middle School. This year will be filled with many changes as our students continue to learn more about themselves, their fellow-classmates, and their God. Fifth graders are introduced to the fine art classes which include art, choir, drama, and piano. P.E. is always a big hit with the students as they learn to play in team sports. The fifth graders will go on several field trips and the weekly chapels are a special time of worship and learning more about our God from guest speakers.
Sixth Grade Curriculum
Sixth grade is a year filled with many changes as our students continue to learn more about themselves, their fellow-classmates, and their God. Sixth graders select a fine art classes which include art, choir, drama, band, and orchestra. Students may participate in cross country, swimming, gun club, and the drumline (these activities are before or after school). They begin their second year of Latin and are placed in on-level math or honors math. P.E. is always a big hit with the students as they learn to play in team sports. The sixth graders will go on several field trips and the weekly chapels are a special time of worship and learning more about our God from guest speakers.
Seventh Grade Curriculum
Eighth Grade Curriculum
Eighth grade students seek to discover more about who they are as individuals. They begin to decide what their interest and strengths are. Some of the eighth graders join the Student Government Club which plans social activities and organizes drives for the food pantries or the Salvation Army. Some students get their first taste of a high school level course when they take Alegbra 1 for a high school credit. Spanish is also taught in eighth grade along with strong programs in history, science, English, and Bible. The eighth grade class travels to Sky Ranch for a one-day kick-off for the year, and in the spring they head to Houston for a three-day field trip. The sports program gets more and more competitive as teams participate in district-play and tournaments. Our eighth graders grow in their preparedness for their high school years.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 middle school 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 middle school 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 middle school building, seventh, and eighth graders will be picked up behind the middle school 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 middle school 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, middle school 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 middle school 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 middle school 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 middle school 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).
Meet Our Team
Principal, 5th and 6th
Karla joined Grace in 2019 and serves as the principal of 5th and 6th grades and Grace University. Karla and her husband, Dan, have three sons, Christopher, Carter, and Caeden. Christopher is married to Leslie, both graduates of Texas A&M and are serving as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Carter is a junior at Texas A&M University, and Caeden will be a freshman at Blinn College. Karla and her family enjoy spending time together at the lake and A&M games. They attend New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview.
Principal, 7th and 8th
Joshua serves as the principal of the 7th and 8th grades. He previously served as the director of student life in the high school from 2021-2018, director of college guidance from 2007-2018 and a high school physics instructor from 2004-2007. Joshua received his bachelor’s of science degree from Louisiana Tech University and holds a Professional Guidance Counselor certification for College Admission Counseling and Advising. Joshua and his wife, Rebecca, have four children attending GCS.