Through the use of an integrated Language Arts program and the study of novels, students read from various forms of literature including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama, and are able to recognize the author’s purpose and design for writing. In addition, students write responses to their reading and demonstrate an understanding of character relationships, point of view, and setting. Students also build vocabulary for spelling and word usage. Students develop their ability to express themselves in all forms of writing, including narrative and expository essays.
Students develop their ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem solving in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, ratio and proportion, and geometry. Three levels of math classes are offered and student enrollment in the foundational math, grade level math, or honors math is determined by assessment results.
Students explore and experience a variety of areas within the field of science—including life, physical, and earth sciences—through the use of reading, research, discussion, participation in group and individual projects, and utilization of the scientific research process and experiments. The culmination of the year is a four-day Science camp experience in the Spring.
Students explore the civilizations of ancient history from the Mesopotamians in 8000 B.C. through the Roman Empire in A.D. 500. In addition, the students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, Greece, India, China, and Rome. The students also trace the movement of the Hebrew people to and from Egypt.
Students participate in studies in the New Testament that emphasize application of Scripture. Students memorize a weekly scripture verse and attend chapel once a week that includes worship and praise through song and sharing of God’s Word.