Kindergarten – Third Grade
In these early grades, there is great emphasis on a spiral curriculum for Language Arts and Math. Core concepts are introduced and revisited, progressively becoming more complex. Phonics, sight word reading and comprehension are taught through literature; writing includes spelling, grammar, mechanics, and handwriting, presented in a variety of formats. In Math, the program goal is to enable children to become lifelong mathematical thinkers.
Religion is taught daily through Bible stories, memory verses, devotions and the One in Christ religion curriculum.
The world is explored in increasing depth through the Social Studies and History Programs, which extend from our local communities to the greater world, and from the present into the past.
Observation, communication, estimating, inferring and predicting are skills taught in Science through textbooks and hands-on experiments. Students are introduced to Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences, the Solar System, and the Human Body.
All students receive enrichment classes. Bi-weekly instruction in music and P.E. and weekly instruction in art provide opportunities in addition to the core curriculum.
In the Upper Elementary grades, public-speaking and silent reading are emphasized while cultivating a love of literature and a passion for reading. Drawing conclusions, inferring, understanding the main idea, and differentiating between fact and opinion are some of the many concepts taught in our Language Arts program. Writing is more formal and clear written communication is encouraged through the use of engaging assignments and specific guidelines for written expression. Peer editing begins, and constructive feedback methods are taught.
Religion is taught daily through Bible stories, memory verses, devotions and the One in Christ curriculum.
The Social Studies curriculum encompasses Arizona History and the birth of our nation. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of our country through both positive and negative decisions that were made in the past.
The Science program exposes students to Earth science, life science, and physics. Students have the opportunity to explore our world through hands-on activities. They are also encouraged to ask questions and investigate the science behind everyday things.
In math, students apply the basic facts that they have mastered. They develop an understanding of fractions, decimals, and percents, and they learn to think logically through analyzing complex problems. Through their math courses, students are prepared for the more rigorous mathematical concepts they will learn in middle school.
Students in grades 4 and 5 continue to receive enrichment classes. Art and music instruction is more in-depth, and P.E. begins to focus more on teamwork and developing skills in various sports. In addition, fifth grade students have the opportunity to compete in our after-school sports programs.