Our administration and faculty endeavor to maintain the best program and curriculum that can be devised. Our program is designed to provide the student with a maximum exposure in many areas, including the following: academic skills, motor skills, social arts, and emotional development. Each child receives individual attention with emphasis placed on personal motivation, academic achievement, and positive self-image. Jesus Christ, Bible, and the Christian way of life are an integral part of the program. We employ only dedicated Christian people who are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for professional growth.
The curriculum is under constant review by the faculty and revisions are made as the need becomes apparent. A brief summary of the curriculum follows:
Bible knowledge with an emphasis on God’s plan for His people from Old Testament promises to New Testament promises and their fulfillment through Jesus Christ. Bible stories, songs, hymns, and prayers are used. Christian living and witnessing are also emphasized. Bible memory work includes Bible verses, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, and songs.
Writing and listening activities are taught in all grades. Grammar is emphasized in the upper grades including sentence diagramming. Writing instruction includes paragraph skills, creative writing, and report writing that involves library research.
Printing is mastered in Kindergarten and in first grade to ease the transition into cursive writing. Cursive writing is emphasized in Grades 2-4. Writing is taught in conjunction with the other subjects in Grades 5-8.
A balanced program is presented to provide a solid foundation in accuracy and comprehension of varying reading materials. Phonics and word recognition are emphasized in the earlier grades. Word analysis, comprehension, and vocabulary skills are emphasized in the upper grades.
A basic required reading list, including classics, is used in all grades.
Phonics, word derivation, word analysis, and dictation are emphasized in all grades. Spelling is also emphasized in conjunction with all other subjects.
All the computers have internet access through a DSL connection. Grades 4-8 become familiar with operating a computer, learning keyboarding and word processing. In the computer lab, creative use of the computers supplements the instruction in the classroom. The computer is also used as a teaching technique in the classrooms. Students in Grades 4-8 work in the computer lab once a week.
History and Geography
Map skills are emphasized at all grade levels. These subject areas are emphasized as follows:
• K-2, Important events and people in history
• Grades 3-4, Regions of the World and California History
• Grades 5-6, History and Geography of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres
• Grades 7-8, World Geography, U.S. History, Political Science, and Current Events
In Grades 1-8 the following study skills are emphasized: Location and underlining answers to questions in context; answering questions in complete sentences; oral questioning, proof-reading, note taking, organizational skills, and test study skills
A basic curriculum of the various sciences includes the study of plants, animals, weather, sound, light, energy, astronomy, geology, and paleontology. God as the earth’s creator is emphasized. Health, hygiene, and an appreciation of the human body as God’s creation are also taught.
The math curriculum prepares our children for mathematics in their everyday lives as well as their higher education. Basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and fractions) is emphasized in Grades K-8. Algebra and geometry skills are also introduced in Grades 7-8.
Various media are used in art instruction to encourage the creativity of the students.
Group singing, choral work, note reading, and music appreciation are among the skills taught in all grades.
Physical fitness, game play, and team sport skills are emphasized throughout Grades 1-8. Gross motor skills are emphasized in Kindergarten.
Grades 7-8, an introduction to vocabulary and grammar.
Books may be checked out for a limited time by individual students under the supervision of the librarian on a scheduled library day. A regular lending fines system is followed. (It should be noted that the resources in our school library are limited, and it is sometimes necessary for the student to use the public library. In these instances, the parent is responsible for seeing that the student has access to a public library.)