Our curriculum is intentionally designed to encourage the right level of challenge for each student. A priority for each teacher is building a warm and caring classroom community where students feel safe and secure. We are intentional to meet the students at their academic level and
Small Class Sizes
Small classes averaging 15-17, allow each student to be known as a unique individual and enable our teachers to nurture each student’s academic, social, spiritual, and emotional needs.
Lower School Curriculum
The curriculum is mapped out from kindergarten through grade 5 to ensure that the students follow a logical sequence of learning from one grade to the next. Our program is designed to be foundational; students continue to build on information and skills they have learned the previous year. Teachers work together to accent the curriculum and compliment each other's strengths.
We have chosen curriculum for each grade level in every subject area that we believe is challenging and interesting. We continue to evaluate and change our curriculum as needed, bringing in more effective tools and new methodologies where they may benefit our program. Because of this, our excellent curriculum will continue to grow stronger and stronger.
Reading - Reading is the single most important skill that a child will learn in school. Our reading instruction begins in kindergarten and is built on a phonics-based approach. An understanding of phonics is the key that enables students to decode words. As decoding skills increase, the primary emphasis is on comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. Students are instructed in specific comprehension strategies in order to improve their understanding of any type of text. All students are given a reading assessment at the beginning of the year. In grades K-2 the reading instruction is individualized so that students are challenged to excel and progress to levels beyond their grade level. In grades 3-5 we use a literature-based approach as students grow in their comprehension and vocabulary through analysis of the literature.
Grammar - The grammar program used in grades 1-5 progressively teaches students to understand all the words in a sentence and how they relate to one another. Students are taught that each part of speech has a particular function within every sentence. Our grammar program uses repetition, builds one concept upon another, and teaches students how to perform a critical analysis of entire sentences. These skills are foundational for writing with clarity and precision.
Writing - The writing skills taught build on each other beginning in Kindergarten, going from grade level to grade level. Students are given instruction in poetry, essays, creative writing, report writing, and persuasive writing.
Spelling - The method used in grades K-5 is a multi-sensory approach where students learn to spell by saying, hearing, writing, and seeing, thereby using all avenues to the brain. The students apply their knowledge of phonograms and English rules to analyze and spell the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language (the Ayre's List, Dolch Sight Word List)
Our STEM-based science program is designed to equip our young students to think well and to be compelled by their faith to know science and apply that knowledge in innovative ways. Students study topics in earth science, life science, and physical science. The classroom experiences and the lab are integrated to encourage students to want to know more as they master content, learn the scientific method, and successfully draw conclusions. This is expanded through our GT enrichment as well.
It is important for students to understand the world around them and have a clear understanding of historical events and how they impact the world today. Students study cultures in countries around the world as well as our own community, state, and nation. In each grade level, a specific project is added to enhance the students’ knowledge of the cultures studied.
Our goal in mathematics is to give the students a solid foundation in skills and knowledge while expanding their critical thinking and problem solving abilities. In grades 1-5 we use a hands-on mastery-oriented curriculum that introduces and practices new skills each lesson, then gives independent practice on previously introduced skills so the students constantly review concepts. Assessments are given weekly to ensure mastery of concepts. Our lower grades K-2 enhance their math programs with real life math application with Calendar Math.
Students learn about the grand narrative of the Christian faith by studying the Bible. They study the people, places, and events in the Bible. They are taught a cohesive framework for Christianity and understand where they fit into God’s plan for His people.
Fine and Performing Arts
Music - Students learn music theory and grow to enjoy the gift of various forms of music through general music classes, and in grade 4, recorder classes. Introduction to band is in 5th grade. Several performances are scheduled throughout the year to encourage presentation before an audience.
Art - Instruction in the elements and techniques of the various media allow every student creative expression as an artist. Art forms explored include painting, ceramics, pastels, drawing, and collage. Students study master artists and their various techniques.
Our program in grades K-5 is designed towards creative computing. All tools used to teach (such as unplugged activities, arts, stories, and games) are design based. Students design creations, personalize them, collaborate with peers, and then reflect on and rethink their ideas.
Songs, games, drama, and other activities help students learn vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language. Students study Spanish in grades 1-5 in a fun and interactive way.
Physical Education is a bi-weekly part of our curriculum.
Book - Readiness Skills and Art Projects K - ABEKA Curriculum