Academic 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)