Academic Overview (Grades K-4)
Our experienced and certified teachers employ best instructional practices to engage students in the classroom. Smaller classroom sizes allow us to provide exceptional attention to each child's needs. Students explore all subject areas through a biblically integrated, Christ-centered curriculum. Core subjects include Bible, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. They also receive instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education, and Computer Skills from specialized teachers.
We challenge students to develop a love for learning. Students participate in enriching field trips throughout the school year that enhance classroom learning. Technology is integrated into the curriculum with exposure to iPads, Chromebooks, and Google Education to develop computer skills. Students on campus often say, "I love science" because they get hands-on lab activities and experiments during their time in the shared Science Lab. Every year, the Pacific Science Center staff come to our campus with a mobile exhibit and conduct workshops for students in their classrooms. We also provide a safe environment for students to take risks. We want them to create and innovate as they learn every day.
Schoolwide Response to Intervention: Our school uses Star Reading and Math to identify students who need intervention. We use both push-in and pull-out models for our intervention during school hours. We have a teacher on faculty with a Masters Degree in Special Education that works with our students who fall below the schoolwide benchmark of 40 (Percentile Rank). She provides the general education teachers with extra support and pulls some students one-on-one to administer tests or other differentiated instruction.
Student Activities: Our students are provided many opportunities to participate with other Christian Schools in competitions, such as, Spelling Bee (Grades 1-8), Choir (Grades 4-6), and Speech Meet (Grades 1-8). Other student activities throughout the year include STEM Night and Robotics (Grades K-8), Student Council (Grades 3-8), and Track and field (Grades 4-8) to name a few.
Character/Spiritual Development: We want students to begin to understand what it means to have courage, curiosity, honesty, and humility as they begin a lifelong pursuit of learning. As students begin to be formed in character and spiritual development, we want them to engage through Community Projects and other service opportunities that VCS designs to help students to apply their learning.