Elementary Division (Grades 1-6)

 

The Elementary Curriculum includes: Literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, swimming, Spanish, art, technology, and music are all taught in this division of the school.

 

Our inquiry-based curriculum, collaborative work, hands-on activities, experiments, games, independent learning, and teacher-directed learning are all typical learning strategies for the Elementary School.  The Elementary School’s operates under the umbrella of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Ministry of Education; however, most academic curricula are eclectic and dynamic.

 

Curriculum review and development is overseen by Lyric Knowles (Director of Academic Affairs), Beryl Knowles (Curriculum Coordinator), and Melody Hanna (Head of Student Services). Classroom teachers and subject specialists confer with one another in order to design appropriate interdisciplinary curricula for individual student achievement.

 

Information regarding learning expectations and student progress is communicated to students and parents via one- to-one meetings, e-mails, conferences, telephone calls, handwritten notes, and home-school communication.  Results of both provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments: help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work; help faculty recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately and by and summative – summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark. Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments include: a midterm exam, a final project or a paper. Teachers share results through one-to-one meetings with students as well as face-to-face meetings with parents.

 

Professional development opportunities abound in the Elementary School. All teachers attend at least one professional conference, and monthly internal training and development is offered throughout the course of the school year.

 

Co-curricular opportunities exist for elementary students who may participate in the GA Rotary Early Act Club, Art & Design Club, Dance Club, Choir, Drama Club, basketball, martial arts, softball, track & field and more.
To ensure overall student success we provide a safe, warm and friendly, clean, esthetically pleasing and supportive community in which of all individuals loved and respected. In adherence with our philosophy to see children oriented Biblically, motivated creatively and assisted practically to become the best they can be in every aspect of personality and area of performance in life and our core belief that each child is made in the image of God, given special gifts by God and has a God-ordained purpose in life, the job of all staff and teachers is to seek and harness those special gifts.