CURRICULUM

Curriculum is the engine of education.

The curriculum that we choose is the engine of the school. It is what drives knowledge and skill, ultimately shaping who the students will become. We choose a curriculum that helps students know God and themselves so they can authentically love others. We are classically rooted, academically rigorous while being holistic, innovative, and fun!  

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The curriculum that we put in front of students is meant to help them be the healthiest humans they can be. With increased technology, automation, and computer aids we believe there is an increased need for humans to be really good humans who possess strong identities, great oral and written communication skills, excellent conflict resolution capabilities, empathy for others, a rational and critical thinking lens, a dedicated work ethic, and a spirit that is alive. 
 

We believe in smart technology that efficiently uses data, houses student work, connects people, and provides a creative maker space. It is not a replacement for the teacher or parent. Technology is helpful for research, collecting data, organization, collaboration, communication, and projects but we do not think young students should give their minds away to software programs.​

 

Stories are essential. Through stories, we learn and make connections. Through story-telling, we have a greater ability to influence others. ​We believe a solid understanding of essential fundamentals and techniques provides the groundwork for creative innovation. We strive to master the essentials so our students can innovate, design, and create. This combination develops deep learning that sticks. Additionally, we have an intentional focus on global awareness through a Kingdom lens. 

OUR CURRICULA

LITERACY

Literacy Essentials: A multi-sensory, explicit phonics program which teaches the orthography and grammar of the English language. Through 8th grade, phonemic awareness and orthography is refined through spelling and writing to increase vocabulary and spelling proficiency.

READING & COMPREHENSION

Timeless and contemporary literature consists of stories with great themes such as friendship, adventure, coming of age, dystopia, and loyalty. Book heroes and heroines inspire the reader towards virtue are read aloud and independently. 

(i.e. Winnie the Pooh, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare, Little Women, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Chronicles of Narnia, Wind and the Willows, Aesop’s Fables and mythology).

 

Strong comprehension is nurtured through summarizing and recalling through verbal and written narration.

GRAMMAR

Well-Ordered Language: Grammar begins with speaking in complete sentences. The skill and knowledge is enhanced through learning basic grammar components (parts of speech, types of sentences, punctuation, principal elements) and solidified through sentence diagramming.

WRITING

Writing with Ease: A gradual training to develop original thought and express it through well-written sentences, paragraphs, and papers. 

MATHEMATICS

Singapore Math Dimensions: A conceptual approach to teaching math that introduces math through concrete manipulatives, then pictures, then abstract math symbols. Provides students with math tools and techniques to train their mind to be an efficient calculator.

BIBLE

Emphasizing the story of God and man. The Bible is chronologically taught with history as the backdrop. Students will consider how the Bible impacts them. They will memorize scripture and teach foundational Bible knowledge (books and structure). 

SCIENCE

Mystery Science (K-6): Question-led and experience/activity driven. “We help kids stay curious by creating better explanations.” By taking advantage of a student's natural curiosity and providing answers to real questions, students will develop a knack for seeking truth. An awesome scientist named Doug (that the kids LOVE) leads the students through interesting and relatable questions. Students cycle through Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science each year. 

 

7-8 Science: Students are developing a persistent curiosity and ability to approach questions, experiments through labs. Students will bring their curiosity and do a deeper and more technical dive into Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. 

HISTORY

The Mystery of History" is a chronological, Christian, complete world history curriculum.” It spans from Creation to modern day with a gospel lens. Students are taught historical events that are then organized by time, place, and era. 

MUSIC

A historical survey of major traditions in music; Music Theory; beats, instruments, musicians, and songs.

ART

A historical survey of major traditions in art. A comparative study of the role of art across different time periods and cultures.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Spanish via Mango Languages (1-8): Mango uses “Intuitive Language Construction,™” which develops “vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, culture, comprehension and retention.” This is a top-rated software that is individualized for each student. 2nd-8th interact with the software through their own profile. 1st grade uses Little Pims, a story based approach to teaching common vocabulary. Mango is a supplementary program until we are able to find a professional, in-person Spanish teacher. 

PERFORMING ARTS

Encouraging and providing opportunities for students to be a part of a play and all that comes with it: memorization, performing, character development, backstage, costumes, camaraderie, and the chance to become the story and the storyteller. 

FITNESS

A blend of exercise, team sports and activities. Guest Coaches are brought in periodically to teach specialized units and expose students to various healthy activities. 

FLEXIBLE FRIDAY

An extension of the school day to take students deeper into learning by creating memorable experiences. This is done through field trips, projects, and fun! These days give time for students to build bonds with their peers, teachers, and their Lord.