Our standards and benchmarks are vertically aligned K-12 as much as possible so that students leave elementary with the skills they need to be successful in Middle School, High School, and life. This includes both content and practice standards in Math. Language Arts include reading, writing, language, speaking and listening. Social Studies instruction focuses on one continent for each grade level, and students learn about the history and geography of that continent. Science instruction includes earth, life, and physical science as well as science and engineering practices. Bible instruction begins with Bible stories and incorporates biblical principles and theology, and scripture memorization. Biblical truths are integrated into all subject areas through essential questions and enduring understandings.
Students in Kindergarten-Grade 5 participate in Music, Art, P.E., and Computer classes taught by specialized staff. Korean students take a weekly Korean language and culture class while other students learn Tagalog and Filipino culture. Students also have a library class and check out time weekly. Grade 5 students take band or strings class as well.
We celebrate our host country through Filipiniana Week each year. Each grade level focuses on a different aspect of life in the Philippines from transportation (Kinder), animals (Grade 1), and coconuts (Grade 2), to rice (Grade 3), celebrations (Grade 4), and heroes (Grade 5). A ministry focus is chosen for each year, and students get to experience various aspects of culture including games, music, dances, and food.
We also celebrate our international character through International Week. Students celebrate their our own cultural backgrounds and the countries of the world through activities and hands-on experiences. They also learn about God’s heart for the world and pray for the nations.
Our instruction is organized using a workshop model. Teachers teach content and coach students through small group work and individual conferences while students practice the skills they are learning. This allows students to receive frequent feedback and helps teachers to differentiate for the needs of each student. We believe that students grow best by doing the work of each discipline, so students spend significant amounts of time reading, writing, working on problem solving, and thinking like scientists. Bible instruction and chapels are designed to foster personal application of God’s truth and spiritual formation of each child.
Reporting and Testing
Grades in elementary are designed to show students’ progress toward the learning benchmarks. Report cards are issued in December and May; they show how students are below, approaching, meeting, or exceeding the academic benchmarks. Schoolwide Learning Results are reported based on frequency.
We use the Measures of Academic Progress Growth (MAP Growth) test three times a year as an external assessment of students’ progress. This assessment is computer-based and adaptive, so it provides an instructional level for each child. The results show growth over time, and they are shared with parents with report cards or conferences.
Student-led Conferences are held at the end of first quarter and third quarter. Students share their growth and goals with their parents through work samples and reflections. This time facilitates partnership between school and home.
Our PreKindergarten class meets Tuesday-Friday each week from 7:10-11:00. Students work with each other and two teachers to develop social-emotional skills, build foundations for academic work, and grow in the Schoolwide Learning Results. Much of their work looks like play as they explore the world. Through centers, circle time, songs, and movement, students become independent learners who can work with others appropriately.