LOWER SCHOOL OVERVIEW
We, at LCA, recognize that in order to educate children of the 21st century for jobs that do not currently exist, staying current is not sufficient, as today’s current is tomorrow’s obsolete. We teach our students to be innovators by crossing disciplinary boundaries and exploring problems and their solutions from various perspectives. Therefore, it is our responsibility to provide our students with curriculum that evokes creativity, innovation, problem solving, and experience-based inquiry.
We recognize students learn in a variety of ways and have different strengths and weaknesses. For these reasons, teachers use a variety of teaching methods, strategies, and assessments to spur the student to his or her full potential. To further enhance the curriculum, the iLearn initiatives are implemented based on the appropriateness for each grade level. We hold to the most effective, research-based methods of instruction while also embracing the technology of today.
In a caring and nurturing environment, teachers launch a child’s educational experience at LCA. This experience stimulates thinking skills while addressing individual needs. This curriculum includes reading and writing, math, science, social studies, computer skills, and Bible. Students also participate in music, art, and physical education. Throughout the day, students are given opportunities for a variety of activities, such as listening, speaking, writing, drawing, and imaginative play. Each class has an assistant teacher to support the educational program. Students in the preschool program are four or five years old.
Our kindergarten through fifth grade students explore the fundamentals of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies, along with instruction in technology, physical education, art, music, library, and Spanish. The instructional day is comprised of a variety of teaching methods and biblical instruction, and Christian values are incorporated in daily teaching and through our chapel program Powerhouse. Educational field trips round out the academic experience.
Qualified students may also participate in the Journey Program.