Bible and Character Education
Students have daily Bible study using the Bible as the textbook and the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Christian School Bible Curriculum. In kindergarten, the ACSI Bible curriculum is presented with familiar Bible stories including creation, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and David. In first grade, familiar Bible stories are expanded into a theme of “God’s Gifts to Me.” This shows students how God gives the gifts of the world, families, friends, leaders, salvation, the church and a way to live. The content changes format as second graders begin learning about Bible Characters in two to three week units. They study a different life scenario each week as they focus on character traits demonstrated throughout the Bible. Third graders study the life of Christ, the book of Acts and missions. Students get a glimpse of famous Christians through the “Portraits of Faith” biographies. Through Randy “Sherlock” Holmes and his faithful companion, “Wolfson," fourth grade students begin the year with tools for Bible study and tackle subjects masterfully prepared for their grade level including God, His Word, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Three strands of instruction occur in fifth grade: a survey or overview of the Old Testament; an in-depth study of the lives of various Bible characters presented in chronological order; and choices (whether good or bad) made by these characters which serve as examples for students as they make their own choices. In addition to studying the Bible curriculum, students memorize scripture weekly.
Chapel services are led each week by the Minister with Children and Families, Pastor Jana Cummings. Praise songs enhance the Chapel services. Parent – Teacher Fellowship Committees of parents and teachers lead special activities in conjunction with Christian holidays. Prayer is an important part of the school day. Students begin the day with prayer in their classrooms and at noon in the cafeteria. Teachers come together regularly each week to pray. A parent prayer group meets to lift our school in prayer. The students participate in mission projects such as Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse by sending gifts to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.