Lower School

Love for God
Love for Learning
Love for Others

Our elementary school is nestled at the western edge of Wayne Township in Indianapolis and serves diverse students from the Avon, Brownsburg, Plainfield, and Speedway areas. It is the aim of our school to educate and develop the whole child for the glory of God in partnership with parents and the Christian community.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is designed to make learning enjoyable and lay the groundwork for a fruitful education and future.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Deep Roots
  • Language Arts: Wilson Phonics, Fountas and Pinnell (Reading), 6+1 Trait Writing
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Animals Two by Two, Materials and Motion)

Achievements and Activities:

  • Learn to read
  • Learn to write
  • Develop a strong number sense; counting, representing, writing numbers 1-100
  • The Kindy 500 Reading Race
  • Overview of the Biblical Narrative From Genesis Through Revelation

Other Information:

  • Must be 5 years old by August 1
  • Half-Day – Monday-Friday 8-11:30 a.m.
  • Full-Day – Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grade 1

First grade builds upon a strong literacy and numeracy foundation, adding new experiences into their daily learning with special science and social studies projects.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Deep Roots
  • Language Arts: Wilson Phonics, Fountas and Pinnell (Reading), 6+1 Trait Writing
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Sound and Light, Plants and Animals)
  • Social Studies: IN Timelinks

Achievements and Activities:

  • Progressing from beginning readers to readers of chapter books
  • Mastery of addition and subtraction facts
  • Study of the Biblical narrative from Creation through the Promised Land
  • Young Author’s Showcase

Grade 2

In second grade, children broaden their reading and math skills, experiment with nature, learn why an understanding of the past is important to our future, and begin incorporating their knowledge and experiences into daily practice.

Curriculum:

  • Bible: Deep Roots
  • Language Arts: Wilson Phonics, Fountas and Pinnell (Reading), 6+1 Trait Writing, Comprehensive Cursive Instruction
  • Math: EnVision Math
  • Science: FOSS (Solids and Liquids, Insects and Plants)
  • Social Studies: IN Timelinks

Achievements and Activities:

  • Reading to learn as we transition from learning to read
  • Development of addition and subtraction facts beyond beginner levels
  • Cursory study through the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)

Intervention Services

Early literacy intervention is a vital component in ensuring the success of students in the classroom. Each fall, our interventionist looks at all the NWEA standardized test scores of our first and second grade students. Based on those scores and additional teacher recommendations, the interventionist meets one on one with each student to gauge his or her literacy level and needs. If a need is present to ensure success in the classroom, the interventionist will place students in leveled groups for student-centered academic intervention. Kindergarteners are recommended for intervention after the first semester. If the interventionist sees a substantial need for remediation, it will begin in January.  

Students in third, fourth and fifth grade are included in intervention when the student exemplifies a severe literacy deficit.   

The intervention program utilizes several programs to aid in student success. Intervention sessions typically occur three times per week. For those who already have an understanding of letters, blends and how to read, the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention is used. LLI is a short-term, supplementary intervention system that utilizes leveled books and fast-paced systematically designed lessons to advance students in their reading fluency and comprehension.  

For students who do not yet know their letters or struggle to blend sounds together, phonics and decodable readers, IMSE Recipe for Reading, Wilson Fundations and other creative instructional methods are used.  

The goal is to get each student to a level in which they can learn in the classroom. Even if a student does not reach grade level that academic year, he or she still may be able to find success in the classroom with the tools gained during intervention.

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