Our first through third grade curricula have a twofold purpose: to provide a solid foundation in the skills of reading, spelling, writing, arithmetic, and grammar, and also help each student toward the acquisition of a Christian worldview through systematic worship and a study of Christian doctrine. The program is so thoroughly integrated that each area of study reinforces the others.
In addition to academics, students continue participating in our vibrant performing and visual arts program, as well as in physical education.
In the fourth and fifth grades, we continue to build on the basic foundation that has been laid, while preparing students for the accelerated liberal arts curriculum in Middle and Upper schools.
In preparation for this, we teach students that with greater independence and opportunities, comes greater responsibilities. For instance, in fourth grade, students learn to manage materials and instruction from two different academic core teachers. In fifth grade, students begin to transition between classrooms and have three different academic core teachers.
Also starting in fourth grade, students with excellent academic achievement and conduct for each marking period are recognized in chapel, and included on the Dean’s List or Honor Roll.
By fifth grade, students develop their organizational skills, by employing outlines for study and recall.
For more information, download our Lower School curriculum.