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Silicon Valley’s premier private school serving Infant - 8th grade

Curriculum

Core Subjects

Bible

Daily Bible study, devotionals, and weekly Chapels are designed to help students develop a Christian world view, a love for God and a greater understanding of His attributes as God develops faith in them

Language Arts

Children learn to read more effectively when they first learn the relationship between letters and sounds through phonics. At CCS, we employ an intense, systematic phonics program for kindergarten, first, and second grade that consists of continuous review and incremental development. We combine this method with the use of basal readers and the integration of classic children’s literature so students can develop a love and appreciation of reading as well as reading skills through both small group and whole class instruction. In upper grades, the focus is on comprehension, fluency, higher-level thinking, book discussions, and written responses to literature and non-fiction sources. In language arts, our curriculum integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing together. Literature and writing units use literature as a springboard into writing. Grammar skills are taught and applied directly to children’s spoken and written language. Students at all grade levels are given frequent cross-curricular opportunities to practice writing skills. Grades 4 and 5 visit the computer lab to write using apps in the Google Classroom.

Math

Grades K-3 use Singapore Math, Math in Focus, a curriculum that has problem solving as the center of math learning and concepts are taught with a concrete-pictorial, abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The upper elementary class daily instruction uses Saxon Math with and consists of a speed test of computational skills, a lesson for the day, and a practice set of problems involving the topic of the day. Daily homework in the form of a problem set is given to all students. Each problem set contains only a few problems illustrating the increment presented in the daily lesson. The remaining problems, which become increasingly more difficult as the year progresses, provides practice of the concepts previously presented.

Science

Our goal is to give students a first-hand knowledge of life, earth, and physical science from a clear Christian perspective. We help children understand that science is a Godgiven logical method of thought, which applies not only to explorations of the physical universe but also to all other realms of intellectual inquiry. Each grade level contains 5- 10 units covering life, earth, and physical sciences. Each unit contains experiments and hands-on activities to help develop science exploration skills. Cross-curricular activities integrate science with other subjects. Biographies of famous scientists, descriptions of scientific careers, research using the computer and literature, and special projects are investigated to create an interest in further scientific pursuits.

Social Studies

Social studies introduce children to their world from the past to the present. Key components are civic, historical, and geographic literacy. Civic literacy starts with the child as a citizen of the school, and then develops an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of all citizens to the community and the world at large. It also teaches children the purpose and function of rules and imparts a sense of our identity as a nation of immigrants living in a unique multicultural society. Historical literacy involves knowledge of important events and people. This foundation is enhanced by the use of primary sources, as well as the discussion of Bible stories and the biographies of outstanding men and women. Geography literacy teaches an understanding of place, location, direction, distance, relative size, shape, and identifying features in the environment. The upper elementary curriculum involves the more formal study of history, geography, and civics. Students learn the basic chronology of United States history and major periods of worlds history. They begin to understand the significance of the important events and people in U.S. and world history. Geography in the older grades includes basic themes of location, place, and relationship between places, movement, and regions. Civics focuses on the essential facts, the central institutions, and the fundamental principles of the United States and western civilization.

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