By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter
It’s that time of year again. The pool is emptying of its summer-long inhabitants as the kids go back to school, and this year the Christian School will see a change in curriculum.
Kindergarten through eighth grade will now be using Accelerated Christian Education (or A.C.E.), a fun new curriculum that is Christ centered and pace driven.
Children learn at their own speed and receive a more complete education, which includes an emphasis on character traits such as loyalty, kindness, and honesty.
Activities are specially designed to apply what the child has learned, and weaknesses are addressed before moving on. As an added bonus, A.C.E. boasts, “students score significantly higher on national standardized achievement tests than their counterparts in conventional schools.” With all these things going for it, it is not hard to see why everyone at the Christian School is so excited about the new school year.
The preschool will also see a change of pace this year. All new programs are being instated. Parents can choose from a three day program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays that runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon; or a Monday through Friday program offered at 8:30 a.m. to noon or 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Parents who get off work later or just need some extra time before they come to get their youngsters can now take advantage of a new afterschool program that runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children participating in the afterschool program will primarily be receiving help with homework, but will also learn some science and reading, as well as doing lots of fun activities.
Along with the new curriculum and programs come two new employees. Shaunna Graham will be teaching the afternoon preschool lessons as well as the after school program and Stephanie Nelson will teach Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Preschool teacher, Keri VanDyke, will return, as well as Phillip Combs who will stay on part-time.
Anyone interested in the new programs and curriculums are invited to attend the Christian School’s Open House on Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. where there will be ice cream for all. You do not have to have a child in school to attend.