Grade Level Distinctives

Kindergarten

Differentiated
Reading and Math Centers
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & student iPads

Oral Presentations:

Poetry Recitations

Major Writing Projects:

Five Point Sentences
Planetary Narrative
Science Research Report

Author Studies:

Jan Bret Interactive Science Laboratory:
Lifecycle of a Chick with Scientific Observation Journals, Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Biome Study:

Arctic Tundra

Music:

Piano Keyboarding, The Nativity Play Christmas Performance

Field trips:

Dentist Office,
Underwood Farms

Language Arts:

Systematic Explicit Phonics Curriculum Producing Early Readers, Decodable Leveled Readers, Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Phonics, Vocabulary, Penmanship, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

Progress in Mathematics, Zero the Hero, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math and Math Fact Fluency on iPads & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

Our Country, Community Helpers, Children of the World, Names & Locations of 50 States

Science:

States of Matter (solid, liquid, gas), Properties of Wood & Paper, Lifecycle of Animals

Bible:

ACSI Bible Curriculum, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

First Grade

Differentiated
Reading and Math Centers
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & student iPads

Oral Presentations:

Informative Speech
Book Report Presentation
Forest Animal Speech

Major Writing Projects:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Narrative
Forest Animal Research Report
Response to Literature
Author Studies: Laura Numeroff, H.A. Rey, & Margaret Wise Brown

Interactive Science Laboratory:

Design and observe insect habitat
Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO
Biome Study: Temperate Forest

Music:

Piano Keyboarding, King Wenceslas Christmas Performance

Field trips:

Santa Barbara Zoo,
Kidspace Children’s Museum

Language Arts:

Systematic Explicit Phonics Curriculum, Decodable Leveled Readers, Literature Circles, Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Phonics, Vocabulary, Penmanship, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

Progress in Mathematics, Problem of the Day, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math and Math Fact Fluency on iPads & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

America Past & Present, Names & Locations of 50 States

Science:

States of Matter (solid, liquid, gas), Air & Weather, Lifecycle of Plants & Animals

Bible:

ACSI Bible Curriculum, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

Second Grade

Differentiated
Reading and Math Centers
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & student iPads

Oral Presentations:

Poetry Composition Recitation
My Flat Stanley Presentation
Ocean Animal Speech

Major Writing Projects:

Poetry Unit
Ocean Animal Research Report
Friendly Letter
Response to Literature
Transition from print to cursive
Interactive Science Laboratory:
Designs and builds a roller coaster
Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Biome Study:

Ocean

Music:

Piano keyboarding, The Reluctant Inn Keeper Christmas Performance

Field trips:

Long Beach Aquarium
Whale Watching

Language Arts:

Systematic Explicit Phonics Curriculum, Decodable Leveled Readers, Literature Circles, Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Phonics, Cursive Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

Progress in Mathematics, Problem of the Day, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math and Math Fact Fluency on iPads & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

America Past & Present, Names & Locations of 50 States

Science:

Balance and Motion, Soil Science, Reproduction of Plants & Animals

Bible:

ACSI Bible Curriculum, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

Third Grade

Differentiated
Reading and Math Centers
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer netbooks for research

Oral Presentations:

Historical Figure Presentations
Rainforest Animal Speech
Book Report Presentation

Major Writing Projects:

Rainforest Research Report
Historical Figure Research Report
Fairy Tale Narrative
Response to Literature

Interactive Science Laboratory:

Brine Shrimp Investigation,
Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO
Biome Study: Rain Forest

Music:

Piano keyboarding & recorder, Follow the Star Christmas Performance

Field trips:

Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Santa Clarita Historical Tour

Language Arts:

Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Phonics, Cursive Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

Progress in Mathematics, Problem of the Day, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math on Computer Netbooks & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

American Heritage & Map Skills

Science:

Matter & Energy, Solar System, Ecosystems & Food Chains

Bible:

Life and Ministry of Jesus, ACSI Bible Curriculum, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

Fourth Grade

Differentiated
Reading Centers and Leveled Math Classes
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer netbooks for research, word processing, PowerPoint, & access to educational websites

Oral Presentations:

Mission Presentation
Fantasy Narrative Presentation
Persuasive Speech

Major Writing Projects:

Mission research report
Fantasy Narrative
Persuasive Letter
Response to Literature

Interactive Science Laboratory:

Build a Telegraph
Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO
Biome Study: Desert

Music:

Piano keyboarding, Christmas Hang-ups Christmas Performance

Field trips:

Santa Barbara Mission,
California Science Center, & Sacramento Overnight

Language Arts:

Student Anthology & Leveled Readers, Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

Progress in Mathematics, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math on Computer Netbooks, Real-World Project & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

California History & Gold Rush Simulation

Science:

Magnetism, Circuits, Electromagnetism, Geology, Earth Materials, Environment

Bible:

Theology, ACSI Bible Curriculum, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

Fifth Grade

Departmentalized
and differentiated Math, English, Literature, and History classes
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer netbooks for research, word processing, PowerPoint, & access to educational websites

Oral Presentations:

State Presentations
Persuasive Speech
Literature Circles

Major Writing Projects:

State Research Reports
Travel Agent Persuasive Write
Tall Tale Narratives
Response to Literature

Interactive Science Laboratory:

Develop a Scientific Inquiry Project following the Scientific Method
Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Music:

Piano keyboarding, Camel Lot Christmas Performance

Field trips:

Ronald Reagan Museum
Olvera Street
Riley’s Farm Overnight

Language Arts:

Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

5th or 6th Grade Progress in Mathematics, Mountain Math Spiral Review, ST MIND Math on Chromebooks, Math Market Entrepreneur Project & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

United States History: Making a New Nation

Science:

Mixtures & Solutions, Planetary Science & Weather, Living Systems

Bible:

Studies in the Old Testament, ACSI Bible Curriculum, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

Sixth Grade

Departmentalized
and differentiated Math, English, Literature, and History classes
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards with mobile iPad, document camera & personal computer netbooks for research, word processing, PowerPoint, & access to educational websites

Oral Presentations:

Greek Myth Presentations
Debates
Informative Speech

Major Writing Projects:

Research Reports
Compare and Contrast Essays
Persuasive Essay
Greek Myth Narratives

Interactive Science Laboratory:

Volcano Project
Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Field trips:

Ancient Antiquities Tour
AstroCamp [3 days/2 nights]
Christmas Ball
Dance Classes
Etiquette Classes

Language Arts:

Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

6th Grade Progress in Mathematics or 7th Grade Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra, IXL Math on Chromebooks & More

History/Social Studies/Geography:

The Ancient World – project-based Interactive Curriculum

Science:

Earth’s Structure & Surface, Water & Atmosphere, Astronomy

Bible:

The Life of Christ, Memory Verses, Daily Devotions, Heartwork

Enrichment Classes:

PE, Library, Spanish, Computers, Music, Art, Mandarin Chinese (optional)

Seventh Grade

Advanced Placement
with departmentalized and differentiated Math, English, Science, and History classes (positioning for AP Track in high School)
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards, mobile iPad connection, document camera, & personal MacBook laptops for research, word processing, PowerPoint, & access to educational websites, drafting & design, digital media editing, video production, etc.

Oral Presentations:

Biographical Presentation, Persuasive Speech, Debates, Communications Course

Major Writing Projects:

Research Reports, Argument Essays, Responses to Literature, Travel Brochure
Interactive Science Laboratory:
Pond Water Microscope Investigation,
Mitosis Project, Frog & Eye Dissections,
Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Field trips:

Winter Camp Overnight, Medieval Times, Community Outreach
Catalina Marine Institute Overnight

English:

Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

7th Grade Pre-Algebra or High School Algebra I

History/Social Studies/Geography:

Medieval World History – project-based Interactive Curriculum, Current Events

Science:

Life Science & Hands-on Investigations, Creation Science

Bible:

Biblical Worldview, Daily Devotions, Small Group Discipleship

Information Media Technology [IMT]:

Computer Applications, Media Literacy, Drafting & Design

Spanish:

High School Spanish 1A

Life Skills:

Strategies for Life, Communications, Dave Ramsey’s Introduction to Personal Finance

Physical Education:

General PE or After-school Sports Team [basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, soccer]

Electives:

Musical Arts (guitar, percussion, voice), Media Arts (video production, digital photography), Creative Arts (architecture, fashion design, sculpture), Domestic Arts (fine arts, cooking, calligraphy, cake decorating)

Eighth Grade

Advanced Placement
with departmentalized and differentiated Math, English, Science, and History classes (positioning for AP Track in high School)
Technology-rich
classroom with Interactive Whiteboards, mobile iPad connection, document camera, & personal MacBook laptops for research, word processing, PowerPoint, & access to educational websites, drafting & design, digital media editing, video production, etc.

Oral Presentations:

Biographical Presentation, Persuasive Speech, Debates, Communications Course
Major Writing Projects:
Research Reports
Propaganda Project
Argument Essay
Responses to Literature
Resume’

Interactive Science Laboratory:

Operation Egg Drop, Atomic Model Project, Satellite Mapping, Opportunity to participate in STEM EXPO

Field trips:

Winter Camp Overnight
Medieval Times
Community Outreach
Disneyland Overnight

English:

Novel Studies & Accelerated Reader Library Program, Literature Read Alouds, Emphasis on Building Exceptional Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar & Writing Skills

Math:

High School Algebra I or Geometry

History/Social Studies/Geography:

United States History – project-based Interactive Curriculum, Current Events

Science:

Physical Science & Hands-on Investigations, Creation Science

Bible:

Biblical Worldview, Daily Devotions, Small Group Discipleship

Information Media Technology [IMT]:

Technology Education: Learning by Design, Business Communications

Spanish:

High School Spanish 1B

Life Skills:

Strategies for Life, Communications, Dave Ramsey’s Introduction to Personal Finance

Physical Education:

General PE or After-school Sports Team [basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, soccer]

Electives:

Musical Arts (guitar, percussion, voice), Media Arts (video production, digital photography), Creative Arts (architecture, fashion design, sculpture), Domestic Arts (fine arts, cooking, calligraphy, cake decorating)