We are often found playing soccer or lending a helping hand around the school. We study and play hard. Character development and God’s love for us are woven throughout the subject areas that we explore. A couple of exciting events that 5th – 8th graders get to participate in are outdoor school and Rocky Mountain Conference music festival.
Bible – The Adventist Encounter Curriculum has a Biblical discipleship focus and seeks to transform students’ lives and equip them to walk with God. It uses the Bible as the foundational source of truth (the textbook), while focusing on students’ personal walk with Jesus. It also uses the latest pedagogy practices so that students become “thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts.” (EGW, Education, p. 17) It focuses on both content and process in students’ learning.
Language Arts – Typing Agent, Pathways & Standards based materials, Spelling City
Math – Grades 5 & 6 use Christian Light Publications math program; Grades 7 & 8 use Big Ideas.
Science – The ByDesign curriculum, based on national science standards, is presented in the contextof the Seventh-day Adventist worldview. Each grade level is organized by four units: Life Science, Human Body, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science. Health is integrated within each unit and chapter.
Social Studies – McGraw Hill hardcopy and digital curriculum provides dynamic graphics combined with relevant text to allow students to “experience” social studies rather than just reading and answering questions. Students have the opportunity to interact with the text through a variety of activities. The curriculum rotates through American History and World History. Students also have access to learning a second language through the Rosetta Stone program.
Students participate in art, music, and PE classes as well as attend field trips that support further exploration of the topics studied in the classroom. We are working to include more project based learning and community service outreach projects into our curriculum.
Formal Assessment – Students in grades 3 through 8 take the Iowa Assessments (standardized achievement test) each fall.