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               WE BUILD CHRISTIAN LEADERS PREPARED TO THRIVE AND INSPIRE CHANGE THROUGH                               A GLOBAL, IMPACTFUL AND CHRIST-CENTERED FOCUS.

Faith Development

We believe that faith development is the responsibility of the family, the church and the Christian school. We teach the Bible and Christian principles from the Lutheran perspective as part of our core curriculum. Worship is a priority in our weekly schedule, and we lead our students in acts of caring and compassion as expressions of their spiritual commitments. We seek to guide our students into a personal relationship with Christ as a foundation on which they can build their lives. We regard our educational efforts as a partnership between parents and school. Joy Christian School expects and values parental support in encouraging our students to develop to their fullest potential, to become independent and resourceful individuals. We are committed to guiding each student in the pursuit of personal academic and spiritual excellence.

inquiry and project based learning

We recognize each student as an individual with individual gifts. Learning capacity is based in part upon growth and maturity, but also upon differences in learning. Consequently, we focus on learning experiences appropriate not only to age, but also to maturity and learning style. We promote creativity, critical thinking and curiosity. We strive for the development of leadership capabilities and a sense of personal responsibility. We help our students develop self-discipline, practice compassion for others and appreciate diversity.

collaboration and community connections

A goal of the school is to produce a student who is a well-rounded person, with a positive self-image, who has developed critical leadership skills, communication skills, and social/emotional skills to be prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Our students are creative, flexible, compassionate, caring, and confident, possessing Christian values of integrity, honesty, service to others, and family.

 

Joy Christian School K-8 Curriculum Overview

LOWER GRADES (K-5)

Language Arts

  • 6 Traits of Writing
  • Writing Workshop
  • Sadler Oxford (2-5) - Grammar, Usage and Mechanics
  •  Vocabulary
  • Spalding - Phonics & Spelling
  • Daily 5
  • Accelerated Reader (1-5)
  • Novel Studies (2-5)
  • Rigby

Math

  • McGraw Hill - My Math

Science  & social studies

  • Purposeful Design - ACSI

Bible

  • Purposeful Design - ACSI

Specials

  • Art
  • Keyboarding - 4th & 5th Grade
  • Languages (Spanish, Sign Language)
  • Music
  • PE
  • STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)

Middle Grades (6-8)

Language Arts

  • 6 Traits of Writing
  • Pattern Base Writing
  • Novel Studies
  • Sadler Oxford  - Vocabulary & Grammar

Math

  • McGraw Hill - Glenco

Science  & social studies

  • Purposeful Desgin | ACSI
  • Core Knowledge Sequence

Bible

  • Biblical Integration
  • Purposeful Design | ACSI
  • Weekly Scripture Memorization

Specials

  • Art 
  • Ceramics
  • Languages (Spanish, Sign Language)
  • Music & Choir
  • PE
  • STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)
  • Technology
  • Theater

Accelerated Reader (AR)  is the computerized reading management software that JCS uses as an essential practice component of our core reading curriculum. There are three easy steps involved in the process:

  • Students choose AR-tagged books to read at their appropriate reading levels.
  • At computers in the classroom or the Library, students take comprehension quizzes on material contained within the books.
  • Students receive immediate information on their performance, with correct responses to questions provided for quizzes which are passed.

Teachers consistently receive data pertaining to quizzes passed, average book levels, and comprehension percentages. This feedback allows teachers to personalize instruction and thus enables students to achieve maximum growth. Research has proven that schools which use AR are schools in which state standards are mastered and test scores show improvement.  

Non-fiction as well as fiction titles are included in our listing.

FIND AN A.R. BOOK