Students in our elementary program experience a wonderful education that provides the skills and knowledge necessary for them to grow and develop before God. Our educational philosophy is based on a Biblical worldview. We desire that each student will become the very best they can be and that they develop a clear understanding of the world God has created, and their place and function within the world. We encourage moral and character development by teaching students to do and be their own personal best. Beyond academics, we provide a variety of learning experiences that give students many opportunities to explore and expand their talents and abilities. We teach them to serve others and to be good citizens by caring for our community.
Our academic model includes an emphasis on small group and personalized instruction. You'll find our teaching staff and instructional assistants working with leveled groups, particularly in reading and math. This allows students to progress at a level most appropriate for their current level of proficiency. Lessons include whole group, games and modeling, small group, and individual practice on the computer for skill development.
Teachers integrate God's Word in a context of asking worldview questions: What is real? What is right and wrong? Where do we get values and good character? Bible lessons and dedicated time for prayer and solitude are a normal part of our weekly routines. Elementary students participate in elementary chapel to worship and engage in a message from God's Word. An emphasis is made to apply the Word to our daily lives in both school and home. On the first Friday of each month, our elementary students join the entire school in all-school chapel to worship together and celebrate growth in Christ.
Field trips are an integral component for each grade and vary on the unit of study. Some recent examples include: Wildlife Safari, Portland Zoo, Science Factory, Historical Museums, local parks and recreation, swimming pool, Hult Center and more.
In addition to core instruction, elementary students participate in PE three times per week and rotate between music, Spanish and creative arts for the rem
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