ECS Curriculum Review Process
The academic mission of Evangelical Christian School mandates that the school maintain high standards of academic excellence rooted in the Christian worldview to ensure students “are prepared for collegiate success and equipped to lead lives of integrity and influence for Christ.” This mission begins when a student enters Junior Kindergarten and continues at each grade level. Therefore, in regard to the Common Core State Standards and any other nationally recognized academic standard, ECS holds the following position.
ECS will evaluate all standards through the philosophical foundations of Christian school education to ensure that all students are effectively educated.
ECS will filter all standards through a biblical worldview as the highest standard and only align with outside standards to the extent that the school’s mission and worldview are uncompromised while being prepared to identify and explain the points of conflict.
ECS will determine, based on a standards review, to what degree CCSS match the school’s grade level content and skills as reflected in the curriculum mapping process. ECS will determine in which areas the school generally matches, exceeds, or chooses not to incorporate the standard and be prepared to offer rationale for each decision.
Curricular quality is not determined by a set of standards or a textbook. Curriculum is determined by qualified, well-trained Christian teachers who have determined what knowledge, content and skills are necessary to fulfill the academic mission of ECS in all content areas.
ECS will remain aware of current trends in education and use them as informational pieces in determining how to best prepare students for success in the future. The ECS Academic Leadership Team comprised of twenty-six administrators, faculty members, and guidance professionals representing all campuses evaluates curriculum on a scheduled basis. ECS faculty will continue to equip our students academically from the biblical perspective to prepare them to lead lives of integrity and influence for Christ.
The ACADEMIC MISSION of Evangelical Christian School is to create a vigorous academic culture that kindles a passion for learning, develops intellectual gifts and cultivates a Christian worldview, so students are prepared for collegiate success and equipped to lead lives of integrity and influence for Christ.
For an overview of ECS curricula by level, select tabs below:
Our experienced and qualified teachers with a passion for early childhood development have designed a stimulating program which revolves around a weekly theme. Each activity is carefully designed to develop the skills necessary for lower school.
Our well-equipped, specifically designed playgrounds offer a variety of opportunities for physical growth and development and plenty of opportunity for exploration and fantasy play.
The curriculum in the Lower School has been carefully selected and is continually being reviewed in light of standardized test scores, teacher evaluation, and student readiness for Middle School. In addition to Bible, Reading, Math, English, Spelling, Social Studies, and Science, students in Junior Kindergarten through Second Grade receive explicit phonics instruction. All grades participate in classes in STEM, Art, Spanish, Physical Education, and Music on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
The Foundations and Frameworks Reading program is a hallmark of the Lower School curriculum. F&F focuses on building skills in reading comprehension, provides for differentiated instruction, develops critical thinking, engages students in creative, collaborative work, and encourages communication among students as well as with the teacher. Another important piece of the Lower School curriculum is the Delta Science program. Each unit is built around hands-on activities that are student-centered. Students are involved in the discovery process of learning in units of physical, earth, and life science each year.
Other components of our curriculum include
* Bible: The Bible curriculum, One Story, provides a chronological study of God’s Word beginning in first grade and continuing through fifth grade. This curriculum allows students to better comprehend the history of God’s plan of redemption and restoration.
* Math: McMillan-McGraw Hill “My Math” series is the perfect foundation for rigorous standards, resulting in a program that provides the conceptual understanding, key areas of focus, and connection to prior concepts and skills.
* English: ECS Lower School students implement Writer’s Workshop through the program, Being a Writer, from the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. This approach teaches composition and grammar in a experiential program that allows students to learn through their writing and collaboration with their teacher and other students.
* Social Studies: Grades PK-1st grade use a thematic approach to Social Studies, while grades 2-5 delve into history and geography through the Core Knowledge curriculum. This combination provides a strong foundation of understanding our present world through the progression of world and American history and geography.
The core curriculum of the Middle School is composed of English, Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Bible, and an enrichment period each day. Enrichment offerings include Art, Drama, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Computer, and Physical Education. Honors classes are offered in seventh and eighth grade in Literature and Mathematics.
Listing of Upper School Course of Study