Lower Academy class sizes and individual attention allow teachers to focus on the building blocks of classical Christian education in the Elementary years. Our priority is to lay a foundation of higher-level learning that will equip young Christians to develop character, faith and academic grounding.
In 1st-5 we integrate the Christian Worldview in all parts of our day to strengthen and learn the foundation of living by faith. Our Bible curriculum has daily group lessons, weekly memory verses, and learning the books of the Bible. Building a strong Biblical foundation is the very platform on which we do everything…from loving our students, to holding them to a high standard, building their character.
Reading: K-5th uses Orton-Gillingham which is a multi-sensory approach to learning to read. It builds upon simple phonograms to increase decoding and fluency skills, along with studying classical literature.
Math: Lower Academy uses Saxon math, with an emphasis on memorization of facts building upon mathematical understanding and challenging students with algebraic equations and geometry.
Projects: Students write quarterly book reports and complete at home projects that enhance learning done in class.
Language/Latin: All students are introduced to Shurley grammar, (a question and answer flow allowing students to diagram simple and complex sentences). We use Step up to Writing, and 2nd-5th grades focus on Latin vocabulary to increase vocabulary skills laying a strong foundation for future high school ACT and SAT tests.
All grades use field trips to enhance learning in the classroom. Students set out on adventures that transform an idea on page to real life and experiences. Examples of field trips include, but are not limited to, Mesa Verde, The Molly Brown House, the State Capital, Leadville, and/or Southpark City Museum.
We have created some very valuable days incorporated in our schedule quarterly. These focus on strengthening friendships, communication, and building community. These days include reading buddies, parent chaperoned ski days, end of quarter hikes, team building picnics, and community service.
Some of our enrichment programs unique to our school include 3-5th Battle of the Books, annual spelling bee, annual speech meet, 3-5th cross country fall program, and our 3rd-8th grade Nordic ski club.