Middle School

Grades 6-7-8

The Middle School years in the life of a student are a unique path of growth and development.  GVCS desires to partner with parents who desire a Christ-centered education for their student. These are important years of discovery of academic potential and developing spiritual discernment for social emotional and cultural choices.

The 6-7-8 grade curriculum solidifies the foundation of the essential skills and concepts in the core academic disciplines.  There is an increased emphasis in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication throughout all curriculums.  The integration of the Biblical World View is a priority as student work moves deeper into investigation, research, and problem solving.  The middle school curriculum includes:

  • Bible and Bi-Weekly Chapels
  • Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
  • Mathematics, Algebra I
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology Infusion in all Academics
  • Careers

All teachers are licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and are skilled in Biblical integration.  The Middle School program is recognized as an accredited nonpublic private school program through the Iowa Department of Education. Iowa Assessments are administered for annual grade level achievement.  Parent Conferences are available bi-annually and as needed and intervention conferences are schedule upon request.

Extra-curricular activities include field trips, fine arts performances, student government, athletics, Christian service projects, Middle School Banquet, Middle School Blast.

“Discovering Self and Defining Self in Jesus”

Stephanie Caples
EL/MS/HS Teacher, Art


Stephanie Caples

Your position:

EL/MS/HS Art Teacher

Testimony of Salvation: 

I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the age of 7 during Bible School. I remember the pastor asking if anyone wanted to come forward and pray. I looked over at my mom who shook her head “yes” that I could go. I had witnessed her leading several people to the Lord when I was only 4 or 5 years old. I told her that I wanted to be saved. She thought that I was too young at that time and wanted me to wait.


We attend Capitol City Church. 

Areas where you serve in your church:

I assist my husband teaching 2nd grade Sunday school. We also work together in the nursery once a month.


BA- Graphic Design/Photography, University of Missouri, Kansas City

MA- Teaching, Kaplan University

Additional Training/Endorsements: 

Master Teaching License

K-8 Art Endorsement

5-12 Art Endorsement


My husband's name is Mark Caples (Staff Design Engineer-he designs fuel nozzles for jet engines), Sons: Sawyer-24 (UMKC Senior Mechanical Engineering student), Boone- 22 (Marine Veteran, going to firefighter school in Kansas City), Parker-21 (ISU Biology Education Student), Harrison- 18 (GVCS senior). All of my sons have attended Grand View. 

Things you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching:

Being with my family! Travel, Photography, trying new restaurants, cooking with my husband, anything with my husband

How long have you been teaching? 

This is my 12th year teaching art at Grand View. 

What is something that would surprise us about you?

I love B movies on the SYFY channel.

High school:

Truman High School Independence, Missouri

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EL/MS/HS Teacher, Art
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Geoff Lane
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Mark Lang
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Jonathan Nilius
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Grace Peterson
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