Daily Bible study, prayer time, 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. The elementary school adopted the Deep Roots Bible Curriculum, a digital apologetics and worldview curriculum, that equips students to integrate the Bible into their daily lives so they make choices that are honoring to God. “Character traits, case studies and discussions will work toward this aim, training students to see that behavior is not an external issue of trying harder, but a heart issue motivated out of gratitude toward God.” Students live out the love of God through school-wide and grade-level service opportunities.
The Elementary school is in the process of adopting the 2020 Pearson MyView Literacy curriculum. “It provides a balanced approach to teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking through Reading and Writing Workshops. The all-new, print and digital curriculum includes authentic texts and minilessons, flexible resources, and meaningful differentiation.” Each six week thematic unit culminates in a student-driven inquiry project that enables students to read, write, explain ideas, and listen to other viewpoints to integrate 21st century competencies, including social-emotional learning.
Grades K-5 use Math in Focus, a Singapore Math program that focuses on applying number sense, proportional thinking, and algebraic reasoning to non-routine real world problem-solving. “An emphasis on metacognition, hands-on problem solving, and a powerful concrete-pictorial-abstract approach allows students to gain deeper conceptual understanding through hands-on manipulates, diagrams and models, and abstract symbols.” This conceptual approach to mathematics is balanced by a variety of activities designed to enhance students’ fluency with mathematical computation.
Science uses our God-given ability to understand the world around us. We help children understand that science is a God given logical method of thought, which applies not only to explorations of the physical universe but also to all other realms of intellectual inquiry. We use the California edition of the Macmillen/McGraw-Hill science curriculum in grades K-5. Each grade level consists of 5-10 units covering life, earth, and physical sciences. These units use hands-on activities and experiments to develop science exploration skills, in conjunction with non-fiction text. Cross-curricular activities integrate science with other subjects. Biographies of famous scientists, descriptions of scientific careers, research projects and experiments teach logic, curiosity, and develop interest in further scientific pursuits.
Social studies introduces children to their world from the past to the present. Key components are civic, historical, and geographic literacy. Civics 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, their country, 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. Geographic 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. The Houghton Mifflin History & Social-Science curriculum is enhanced by the use of primary sources, as well as the discussion of biblical accounts, and the biographies of outstanding men and women.