The Pre-Kindergarten program is designed to address the
developmental differences and learning preferences of the emergent learner. Planned learning activities and materials appropriate
to the child’s developmental age are combined with a positive, warm, healthy, safe environment to give children an opportunity to
gain self-confidence and master skills. Students experience language arts, math, science, creative art, dramatic play,
music, and computers through learning centers and group activities. These learning experiences enable students
to achieve success in future academic endeavors and to develop essential social skills for positive interaction with their peers.
Kindergarten is often the first direct
contact that students have with school. Our program is designed to make this initial contact a
positive, happy experience. The kindergarten program incorporates classroom activities and learning
centers to help students develop physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually, while nurturing their
natural curiosity and desire to learn. Because students begin school at varying levels of developmental
growth, student needs are met individually. Testing is done at the end of the kindergarten year to determine
placement for the following year.
The Pre-first program is designed to create a smooth transition
from kindergarten to grade one. The developmental progression of the program provides opportunities for students
to experience success and promotes enthusiasm for learning that will instill a sense of well being in each child.
The curriculum is designed to allow children the opportunity to mature developmentally in order for them to perform
at their optimum learning ability when they move to first grade. This program is coordinated with the staff in
kindergarten and grade one to avoid unnecessary repetition.
The Grade 1 program lays the foundation for a successful elementary
experience. Students learn teamwork through group activities. The essential first grade reading skills are presented
through the Pathways reading program, Writers’ Workshop, and Saxon phonics. Mathematics concepts are enhanced through the
use of manipulatives and practice drills. Science, social studies, physical education, and music round out the curriculum.
The Grade 2 program introduces students to their first structured classroom
experience. Strong emphasis is placed on the language arts and mathematics. Hands-on materials, such as manipulatives,
puppets, classroom pets and shared classroom responsibilities / jobs are used to facilitate learning and to provide individual
attention to specific developmental and learning preferences. Memory verses, Bible stories, and sacred music round out the
second grade curriculum.
The Grade 3 program transitions students from the primary grades into the
middle grade environment. Curriculum demands are increased with a strong continuing emphasis on language arts and
mathematics. The Pathways reading program and the Writers’ Workshop provide the foundation for the language arts
curriculum. Through individual work and group activities students learn responsibility--personal, academic, and
social. Through the God’s Kid program, students experience positive reinforcement from their peers that they
are truly God’s kid. Caring for classrooms pets is an exciting integral part of the third grade experience.
The Grade 4 program encourages students to experience school
by actively participating in the learning process. A positive, uplifting classroom environment enables
students to reach their individual potential, develop a strong sense of responsibility, demonstrate
Christianity, and make strides in their academic growth. Establishing a solid academic foundation in
preparation for middle school is a major goal of fourth grade.
The Grade 5 program helps students become active, engaged
learners, building on the skills and knowledge that have been learned in the early elementary years.
Students are encouraged to think critically, be creative, and show respect for God, self, and others.
The manner of instruction – motivation, grouping, pacing, reinforcing, and re-teaching – is determined
by the teacher in order to meet individual student needs. Expectations are modified or expanded to meet
student needs and abilities.
The Grade 6 program builds on the middle
school skills learned the previous year. Students continue to develop research and study
skills, broaden math competencies, and expand social skills through classroom activities and
assigned responsibilities. Required outside reading and creative writing enhance the language
arts curriculum. Service-oriented projects help develop a sense of stewardship through community
outreach. Field trips and outdoor school provide hands-on learning to reinforce classroom curriculum.
The Grade 7 program is designed to bring students
together with their peers and teachers in a community of writers, researchers, and learners. The
curriculum gives students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of themselves, God, and
the world around them. The classroom is a workshop, conference room, and think tank. The approaches
to work are individual as well as collective, and much of the learning and discovery occurs through
collaboration and integration. The staff is committed to providing affective and intellectual
experiences to our Grade 7 students.
The Grade 8 program encourages students to develop
an individual and collective sense of responsibility, not only for their academic assignments,
but also for their leadership roles. Students are given opportunity to acquire successful study
skills, communication skills, and effective conflict resolution skills. Language arts and
mathematics skills are expanded to include critical and logical thinking skills. Students learn
how to present and critique oral research reports and tell stories to younger students. Field
trips enhance and expand classroom learning through hands-on experiences. Grade 8 students
participate in fundraising to finance their graduation, class trip, and other projects undertaken
during the year.
The Grade 9 program gives students their first
real experience of higher education. Coursework includes Bible I, English I, Algebra I, Spanish I,
American History, Biology I, Computer/Keyboarding, Physical Education, and Music. The small classroom
environment provides ninth graders the emotional and academic support necessary for a successful
first year of high school. In addition to the classroom curriculum and activities, ninth graders
participate in an Outdoor Study Tour.
The Grade 10 program is designed to build on
the skills and concepts learned in science, social studies, literature, and Bible during
the freshman year. Coursework includes Bible II, English II, Algebra II, Spanish II, World
History, Anatomy and Physiology, Computer Education, Health, Physical Education, and Music.
In addition to the core curriculum, students have opportunity to receive hands-on experience
and to develop leadership skills by participating in Student Association, AV support for
Chapel and other programs, and the annual tenth grade Study Tour.
Physical Education and Athletics
The physical education program is required for
all students in Kindergarten through Grade 10. Physical fitness, skill mastery, teamwork,
and good sportsmanship are included in the curriculum for each grade.
Spanish I & II are offered to students in Grades
9-10. Both courses develop the basic skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing
of Spanish and increase the knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of the cultures in which
Spanish is spoken as a first language. Spanish II expands grammar to include the use of a
variety of verb tenses.
The band program is designed to allow students
to develop a greater appreciation of music through the development of instrumental skills
within a group setting. Students in grades 5-10 participate in the beginner, intermediate,
and advance bands.
Before & After School Care (BASC)
Before-school and after-school childcare is
provided for parents who need extended childcare for their children. Before-school care begins at
7:00 a.m. and after-school care ends at 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
BASC fees are very reasonable.
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