Judah Christian School maintains an academically rigorous elementary program including phonics, reading, spelling, English, math, science, history, and Bible. We administer the Terra Nova Achievement test every year in grades 3 thru 6 and our students score consistently over the national norm. We also have our scores compared with private Christian schools around the United States and have found that our students score consistently above this average as well.
While we believe in maintaining high academic standards, we also believe that a child is more than just cognitive. In an effort to round out our program, we offer several additional classes described below.
PE classes meet for 30 minutes either two times a week. PE classes focus on learning developmentally appropriate skills (small motor, large motor, and hand-eye coordination) as well as mastering skills necessary for an effective, active life for years to come. Students should wear tennis shoes on PE days. Girls will find slacks more comfortable, but if a dress is worn they must have shorts underneath. Students should not wear their best clothes on PE days.
Music classes meet for 30 minutes two to three times a week, except 6th grade. 6th graders meet once a week for music during the semester of their presentation. Music classes focus on learning fundamentals of music (rhythm patterns, instruments, notes, and choral music). The students learn to use these skills to worship the Lord through music.
Kindergarten through 2nd grade meet for art class weekly on a nine week block. Third through sixth grade meet weekly. The goal of the art curriculum is to help students develop basic artistic skills and gain a better understanding of basic art history. A special emphasis is placed on presenting God as Creator – the Master Artist. The curriculum attempts to help students understand that God has made each student in His image with creative abilities.
Kindergarten through 2nd grade meet for computer class weekly on a nine week block. Third through sixth grade meet weekly. The curriculum emphasizes learning simple computer skills and exposing students to simple word-processing and spreadsheets. Ideas for projects come directly from the classroom teacher and are timed to coincide with current academic topics.
Students visit the library once a week for 30 minutes. During these visits the children are invited to browse and check out a book. The librarian also uses this time to nurture a love for reading through book talks. In older grades, students are taught how to use the many resources available in the library.
Beginning in the 5th grade, parents can pay an additional amount for band instruction. Band is taught twice a week during school. Individual lessons are also available for upper elementary students.
Regular chapel time is a part of our weekly schedule. Kindergarten through 3rd grade meets for chapel on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM. 4th through 6th grade meets for chapel on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 AM to 9:45 AM. Parents are welcome to attend any chapel service. Chapels provide an opportunity for corporate worship and spiritual growth. Music, special speakers, Christian films, and chapel talks by our own staff combine to create our annual slate of chapel programs.
Judah Christian School belongs to the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). As a member, our school is invited to participate in several academic competitions throughout the year. Students are required to participate in age appropriate competitions at the classroom level in lower elementary (K-3) and optional for upper elementary students (4-6). These activities include the Spelling Bee, Speech Meet, and Math Olympics. Top scoring competitors may be invited to attend the school, regional, or district competitions. While these additional competitions are optional, we encourage all finalists to participate. In addition to these academic events, Judah holds an annual Missions conference. During this week, students learn more about God’s heartbeat, Missions.
Field trips are an important part of our educational program. Parents will be notified ahead of time along with suggested appropriate dress. All students are expected to participate on all field trips.
Judah Christian School provides a hot lunch each day school is in session. Several weeks before a new month, a monthly menu/order form will be sent home. Select the meals you would like to order and return the form along with payment. (Remember to keep the bottom portion of the form for your records.) The meal includes juice or bottled water. In the event of absence, refunds are not given.
Students may also bring a sack lunch. For the student’s convenience, microwave ovens are available.
After School Care
After School Care is available to elementary parents who need to pick up their child(ren) after 3:30 PM. After School Care is available until 5:30 PM at a cost of $5.00 per hour. Our After School program consists of directed activities including art, games, and recreation.