WHAT TO EXPECT
We are a nondenominational, Biblically-based school which partners with Christian families to develop a Christian worldview, promote academic excellence, and prepare children for
a lifetime of service to Jesus Christ.
Below is a short list of core values and activities that Grace Academy has to offer.
Abeka begins with the traditional philosophy of education. The teacher-directed framework empowers the teacher to focus students' attention on the material they need to learn in a context and sequence that will help them learn it best.
This program helps ensure that what a child is learning in one subject is enforced in other subjects. Persistent review of material learned in prior units of study solidifies retention.
As students begin to grasp what is being taught, newly acquired concepts and skills are
fortified time and again.
-Multiple Learning Styles-
Abeka includes content to reach auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. Whether they are reading poetry, doing an oral activity to remember spelling words, or doing a simple science experiment, Abeka has been successful in preparing students for the next level.
SIXTH GRADE AND UP
The A.C.E. program helps churches and parents accomplish The Forgotten Biblical Mandate given to us by God in the Holy Scriptures. A.C.E.'s self-instructional curriculum provides all the basic academic disciplines and instills Godly character into the lives of students. The reasons why the A.C.E. program works can be summarized in these seven key foundational concepts:
Integration of Biblical Principles (Scripture memory, wisdom principles)
Godly Character Training (A.C.E. characters, 90 character traits of Christ)
Built-In Reinforced System of Learning
Development of Critical Thinking Skills
Used worldwide and proven to be effective now for over 50 years, it is understandable why A.C.E. is known as THE learning tool for today—and the future!
From Our Art Teacher, Mrs. Wood:
“Creativity is a fundamental part of the human experience. God’s creative nature is woven throughout Scripture, and it inspires us to bring our ideas to life through artistic expression.
At Grace Academy, our primary goal in art is to help students gain confidence in their own creative intuition, while building an appreciation for art, and developing a solid foundation of artistic principles. Students study other artists’ lives and works, learn technical skills, and are encouraged to trust their creative intuition through practice and artistic exploration.
Students at Grace Academy enjoy age-appropriate art projects throughout the year. While our youngest students work with large shapes and color theory, older elementary students learn to draw more complex subjects using the elements of value and space. Our upper-level classes emphasize art history and art appreciation, and they focus on more challenging artistic techniques. Their projects involve an introduction to texture, form, and the principles of design. At every grade level, some degree of art history is taught so that students of all ages are introduced to famous figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. Our classroom library is filled with child-friendly biographies of these masters of art, and our students enjoy trying the techniques these bold men and women used in their art works.
In our daily classroom experiences, we strive to meet National Core Arts Standards. Students learn to organize and develop plans for their artwork, present and showcase their completed works, analyze and critique art, and connect personal experiences and historical events to famous works of art in order to understand the role creativity and ingenuity play in cultures across the world. Student artwork is compiled throughout the year and showcased at our annual Student Art Exhibit in the spring. This event is a fantastic way to display our students’ hard work and creativity. It also serves as our art department’s primary fundraiser and has been an incredible confidence=building experience for our students!”
From our Music Teacher, Mrs. Hossenlopp:
K-2nd grade music classes consist of music exploration through singing, playing instruments, creative movement, and learning about rhythm and solfège. An emphasis is placed on Christian children’s songs and academic songs. Grades 3rd-6th learn to play the recorder. They learn the fundamentals of music, note reading, and rhythm. Focus is on listening skills and playing/performing in an ensemble. 7th-12th grade students learn to play guitar. They learn to read and play melodies on the guitar as well as strumming. They also experience performing and playing in an ensemble while singing.
Grades 3rd-6th learn to play the recorder. They learn the fundamentals of music, note reading, and rhythm. Focus is on listening skills and playing/performing in an ensemble.
7th-12th grade students learn to play guitar. They learn to read and play melodies on the guitar as well as strumming. They also experience performing and playing in an ensemble while singing.