The Lower School program focuses on the core subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history with weekly “specialists” classes in art, music, technology, physical education and library science, coming together in a cohesive, unified educational experience that promotes individualized student success.
Maintaining our focus on each child as an individual, we continue to place shared emphasis on their social and emotional development in conjunction with their cognitive growth as active learners. Our experienced faculty empower students to be independent thinkers and learners, differentiating and encouraging students to open their minds, make connections, and tap into their curiosity.
The Lower School program works to assist students in developing socially, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. A partnership of parent, student, and teacher allows children the opportunity to take risks and challenge themselves in a supportive and safe environment. We teach our students a love of learning that will carry them into the future.
In grade 1, children continue to expand on curriculum and social skills introduced in Kindergarten. The language arts program includes the phonetically-based reading series Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys, Saxon phonics, and spelling. Reading and writing are emphasized through book reports and in-class creative writing. STAR Reading and Accelerated Reader, begins in first grade as an added reading assessment to monitor reading progress and encourage students to read independently. Students continue to use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands-on activities. Students attend physical education class twice a week. They also visit the library, music, and Spanish once a week.
In grade 2, children continue to expand on curriculum and social skills introduced in Grade 1. The language arts program includes the phonetically-based reading series Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys. Reading and writing are emphasized during in-class creative writing. Accelerated Reader and STAR continue. Students use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands-on activities. Students attend physical education class twice a week. They attend library, art, music, and Spanish once a week.
Upper elementary students continue to expand their knowledge in the areas of reading, English, writing, spelling, and math. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys is the primary language arts program. Accelerated Reader and Star Reading continue to be part of the reading program. Science and social studies take on a more prominent role in the curriculum. The science lab experience becomes a part of the science program beginning in the fourth grade. Also, students attend art, music, physical education, and Spanish. In fifth grade, students have the opportunity to participate in football, basketball, and cheerleading.
Our kindergarten program addresses all dimensions of a child’s development: physical, social, emotional, spiritual and academic, building on what the children have already learned at home and preschool. Our program offers children opportunities to develop skills in reading, math, and science, as well as allowing them to develop physical skills in p.e and the outdoor classroom. Their interactions in a group setting give children the chance to enhance personal and social responsibility and to communicate effectively. Our goal is for our students to see themselves as capable and competent learners. One teacher and one full-time assistant are present in each of our three kindergarten classrooms. We use the series Journey by HMH for our language arts program and Saxon Math. Our children go to p.e. twice a week, and once a week they go to the school library, art and music. Each day begins with a Bible story and prayer. Discipline is based on the principle of the “Golden Rule,” respecting and treating others as one’s self would wish to be treated.
*Students must be 5 years of age on or before June 30 to be eligible for enrollment.