GRADE LEVEL OVERVIEWS

early education

The Early Education Program offers children an opportunity to experience a gentle, kind and loving introduction into our Christian community. PCA educates the whole child by encouraging initiative in making appropriate choices, solving problems, being creative, and expressing themselves through activities in Language, Art, Music, Math, Science, Movement, and Play.

The PCA Early Education program is designed to serve children ranging in age from 2-4 years old. This is a wonderful time of learning, and at PCA your children will excel in knowledge and grow in a love for Christ.

All students enrolled in the 4-year-old Pre-K program, with intentions to attend PCA Kindergarten, will be assessed mid-year to obtain a measure of their development, to identify progress and achievement levels that will help in the process of Kindergarten readiness.

Developmental and

Learning Standards

2 YEAR OLDS

Children in our 2-year-old program will be introduced to many skills in the five developmental areas of early childhood. Socially they will develop by learning to share, taking turns, following directions and participating in routine activities such as circle time and music/movement class. Physical development will grow during fine and large motor activities. They will be introduced to painting, coloring, working simple puzzles, stacking, hopping, running, climbing and moving to music. Cognitively they will develop by using their senses for listening, following 1-step directions, having compassion for others and demonstrating their own emotions with acceptable behaviors. Language will be developed as they learn words and how to make full sentences. They will verbalize needs and wants in appropriate tones and recite a daily prayer. Our 2 year olds will also work on potty training, as this skill is mandatory to enter the 3-year-old program.

3 YEAR OLDS

Children in our 3-year-old program will be introduced to many skills in the five developmental areas of early childhood. These skills will be introduced and implemented through activities offered within the classroom learning centers. Cognitive and language skills will be developed through all classroom activities, especially during circle time when the children will have group discussions, songs and stories that relate to weather, time, letters A-Z, Bible, and math and number concepts. In the science and math activities, they will sort, learn all primary colors, the basic shapes, count to 10 and higher and become interested in cause and effect. They will also use their 5 senses for exploring through cooking activities and sensory table materials. Fine and gross motor activities will include proper pencil gripping to draw and color, cutting with scissors, painting, building, working simple puzzles and will include tossing and bouncing a ball, catching a ball, hopping, running, balancing and making rhythmic movements to music. Our three year olds will grow emotionally and socially by sharing, taking turns, verbalizing wants and needs, pretending and by becoming independent in self-care areas such as dressing, washing hands and using the restroom. Pre-math and handwriting skills will be highly encouraged in our 3-year-old classrooms.

4 & 5 YEAR OLDS

Based on the developmental and learning standards listed above, a progress report will be distributed to each student in the Early Education Program three times throughout the year. The 1st time will be in early October, the 2nd time will be in January, and the 3rd time will be in mid May. These reports will help explain the knowledge the children have in the developmental areas appropriate for their age group at PCA. The reports will also show the areas in which the children are showing progress, as well as the areas in which they need more encouragement and help.

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ELEMENTARY

The Elementary School (K-5) academic standards aim at achieving the Kentucky Common Core State Standards. Classes include core curricular instruction in Bible, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies. Enrichment classes (“Specials”) include Art, Music, Physical Education, and Technology. The primary elementary grades (K-2) include a strong emphasis in phonics, reading, spelling, and handwriting. The upper elementary grades include a continued focus on reading, penmanship, spelling/vocabulary, creative writing, and literary analysis. Students will also be introduced to Spanish.

Curriculum
The foundation for your child’s curriculum will be the Bible. Biblical truths will be integrated into the personal lives of our students, teachers/staff, administration and school policies. Other resources used in the classrooms are from a variety of publishers.

Using Common Core Standards and Kentucky’s Program of Studies as a point of reference, the administration and teachers will develop the basic objectives at each level, and the methodology (Scope/Sequence) for obtaining those objectives will be specifically stated in writing. Although the curriculum is planned and structured, Providence Christian Academy’s commitment is to the individual student and his/her true educational needs. The curriculum is centered on the individual student in order to prepare him/her toward maturity—spiritually, academically, physically, and socially.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Beginning in sixth grade, students enter a full rotation of classes. The academic program is a hybrid program which integrates online classes with live classes. This is designed to help students meet the rigors of secondary education. A full course load includes Bible, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Enrichment Course and an elective.  Enrichment courses include physical education and health, technology, art, and music.

Curriculum
The foundation for your child’s curriculum will be the Bible. Biblical truths will be integrated into the personal lives of our students, teachers/staff, administration and  school policies. Other resources used in the classrooms are from a variety of publishers.

Using Common Core Standards and Kentucky’s Program of Studies as a point of reference, the administration and teachers will develop the basic objectives at each level, and the methodology (Scope/Sequence) for obtaining those objectives will be specifically stated in writing. Although the curriculum is planned and structured, Providence Christian Academy’s commitment is to the individual student and his/her true educational needs. The curriculum is centered on the individual student in order to prepare him/her toward maturity—spiritually, academically, physically, and socially.

HIGH SCHOOL

The high school academic program is a hybrid program which integrates online classes with live classes. This is designed to help students meet the rigors of post-secondary education. A full course load includes Bible, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and 2 electives.


High School Graduation Requirements (25 credits)
4     Bible
4     English
4     Math
3     Science                                              
3     Social Studies
6     Electives in alignment with student ILP/career interest (2 of which must be a foreign language for pre-college curriculum)  
0.5    P.E                                                
0.5    Health       
                                             
*ILP Individualized Learning Pathway

 

Learning Outside the Classroom

ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS

Providence Christian Academy provides students the opportunities to participate in ACSI sponsored events such as local, regional and national spelling bees, science fairs, speech meets, Math Olympics, and more.

ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS

Athletic Competitions are currently offered by PCA in Cross Country, Archery, and Trap Shooting. PCA athletics will expand its participation in sports by aligning with appropriate leagues in the Scott County area.

FIELD TRIPS

Every grade level offers a variety of off-campus field trips during the school year. Trips are age appropriate and educational in nature. For example:

  • Visit to the State Capitol

  • Visit to Pine Mountain State Park

  • Visit to local fire station

  • Visit to Evans Orchard

  • Visit to Salato Wildlife Center

  • Visits to theatre productions

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Teachers provide outreach opportunities to students throughout the year. Some examples include helping the local food pantry once per month, donating canned goods and clothing to the Amen House and visiting local residence care facilities for elderly adults.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

 Students across the Elementary, Middle, and High School lead daily pledges, prayer and announcements, along with organizing activities.

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