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Junior High

JUNIOR HIGH 7th - 8th Grade

CREO means “to create an original” in Latin. Hand In Hand offers a unique opportunity for adolescents to continue their learning journey through a Christian Montessori approach in CREO, our 7th – 8th-grade program. In CREO, the Montessori pedagogical principles are applied within the context of the important developmental planes of early and late adolescence. As a Christ-centered discipleship program, we continue to partner closely with families as the adolescent takes a more prominent role in their growth and social development.


3-Day & 4-Day

Homeschool Program

This option is for homeschool families that also want deep engagement from teachers who are passionate about their discipline and a positive social learning environment. Through classes, workshops, going-outs, and self-directed projects CREO students will engage in integrated core classes of Christian Faith, Math, Science, History, and Language.


*An additional Electives day may be added, creating a 4-day program.



  • Apologetics

  • Chapel

  • Discipleship

Language Arts

  • Poetry

  • Creative Writing

  • Oral Presentation

  • Literary Analysis

  • Classical Literature

  • Research Writing

  • Persuasive/Debate Tactics and Presentation

  • Public Communications

College Prep Math

  • Pre-Algebra

  • Algebra I

  • Geometry

  • Algebra II

  • Calculus


  • Earth Science

  • Physical Science

  • Life Science

  • Biology

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

History & Geography

  • World History

  • Anthropology and Human Geography Prehistory to Present

  • United States History and Cultures 1800 – Present

  • United States Civics and Constitutional Studies

  • World Government and Citizenship

  • American Government


  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • M-STEM

  • Art

  • Foreign Language

  • Business Occupations

  • Yearbook


"Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life."

Dr. Maria Montessori

  • What are your school hours?
    Office hours: 8:00AM - 4:00PM Infant and toddler program hours: 7:30AM - 5:30PM School-age hours: School day: 8:30AM - 3:30PM Before care: 7:30AM - 8:30AM After care: 3:30PM - 5:30PM
  • Do you offer before and after school care?
    Yes, we offer before and after care for our school-aged (preschool - 6th grade) program, called playcare. Before care hours are from 7:30AM - 8:30AM and after care hours are from 3:30PM - 5:30PM. Playcare is available for all school days. Alternative care is not offered on days with early dismissal or other non-school days, such as holidays, breaks, and conference days.
  • Do you offer bus transportation?
    Highcroft does not currently offer bus transportation. For the 2024 - 25 school year, Highcroft will offer transportation from our Bloomington campus.
  • Do you require uniforms?
    Yes, HIHCM requires a simple uniform. Our simple uniforms are beneficial because they ...​ Promote cohesiveness in the student body. ​ Schools nationwide are welcoming diversity into their student body, with a wide range of backgrounds and different economic status. At Highcroft, we strive to create an environment where all children feel welcome and safe. ​ Provide an appropriate standard of dress.​ Uniforms offer an added layer of protection for the children and staff by ensuring all clothing is appropriate for school.​ Reduce the cost of "school clothes." ​ Families may purchase uniforms from the store of their choosing. Affordable options include: School uniform sales, Target, Old Navy, Children's Place, used clothing stores, and many other retail options. ​ Allow younger children the opportunity for independence by dressing themselves. ​ Children often find it is easier to have only a few options to select from that are school appropriate, as some children get overwhelmed by having to choose from a large selection.​ Help eliminate distractions. ​ Wearing a uniform helps to eliminate distractions caused by current fashion trends.
  • Do you have required homework?
    Preschool and Kindergarten: there is no required homework, but parents are encouraged to read with their children or have them read to you. Elementary (1st - 6th grade): there is no required homework, but children are encouraged to read and practice math facts daily. On occasion, there may be an assignment that the parents are requested to assist with at home. Highschool: each day there is required homework, although there is an open hour where students are encouraged to complete their homework. Generally, the students complete most of their homework at school or have minimal homework.
  • Do you offer a foreign language?
    Latin is infused into core lessons in 1st - 6th grade. French or Spanish is offered as an elective in 7th grade and up.
  • Does HIHCM complete standardized testing?
    All K - high school students enrolled in our 5-day academy complete a yearly standardized test. Homeschool students have the option of completing the standardized test through HIHCM or independently. Standardized tests give feedback to teachers, administrators, students and parents and help them further support the students needs.
  • Is technology used?
    Preschool - Kindergarten: During the school day children do not use technology in the classroom Elementary 1st - 6th grade: Students have minimal access to Chromebooks for supporting their learning. The main use of technology is for research and typing. Highschool: Students either have their own laptop or have access to a school Chromebook when needed to complete an assignment. It is a secondary learning tool as technology is not the primary source of learning. The school highly values safety when using technology and have applications in place to ensure safe technology use.

Our homeschool program is for families that also want deep engagement from teachers who are passionate about their discipline and a positive social learning environment.

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