The goal of the elementary program is to create competent learners who have the tools for higher level thought. Consequently, during the elementary years, students work to master core knowledge such as math facts, grammar rules, and history time lines because these mastered competencies can then be “chunked” to facilitate the working memory requirements of innovative thought.
Using data from standardized performance tests, curriculum-based assessments and teacher input, programs are differentiated to offer students the right amount of challenge and success. Mastery of math is done through clustering students into skill areas that are paced according to student need. The English Language Arts curriculum encourages high levels of decoding, comprehension, word analysis and writing.
Moving to a higher level of spiritual development, the elementary student studies the Bible as a tool for spiritual growth. Students study biblical characters, discuss Christ-like characteristics and develop the disciplines of personal Bible study as they develop an understanding of good hermeneutical principles.