Elementary Academics & Curriculum

Our elementary students are provided excellent opportunities to learn from mission-minded, effective teachers that utilize standards-based instruction while maintaining educational best practices. Academic standards, curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, technology integration, biblical integration, and various assessments are all aligned to provide a clear academic focus for 21st century learners.

Partnering with parents, we seek to meet our students’ learning goals while preparing them to thrive at each step of their journey. Our mission-minded team of educators are also committed to the salvation and spiritual formation and discipleship of students within a family-friendly environment.

Most importantly, our curriculum is all Bible-centered and students are educated in the light of God’s word.  Students will learn to view reality and make sense of life and the world from a biblical framework as a developing student. Our elementary students are provided a place where they can feel valued and safe.

Grading System
Valley Christian uses the following grading system to assign grades for exams, quarters, semesters and transcripts.  In order to receive credit for a course, students must receive a 60 or better.
LETTER GRADENUMERIC GRADEUNWEIGHTED GPA
A90-1004.0
B80-893.0
C70-792.0
D60-691.0
F59 and below0.0
Each quarter, parents will receive a grade report electronically via an online grade book called RenWeb. In addition to grades, the report includes teachers’ written comments about the student’s in-class performance and attitude.

Curriculum and Course Offerings

6th Grade Curriculum

Bible: Museum of the Bible, Volume 1: Genesis to Ruth (ACSI: Purposeful Design) | 45 minutes per day

Language Arts: Literature, Pearl (Mosdos Press); Writing, From Beginning to Beyond | 1 hour and 30 minutes per day

Math: Math 6 (Holt McDougal) | 45 minutes per day

Science/STEM Lab: Earth & Space Science (ACSI: Purposeful Design) | 45 minutes per day

Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations (BJU Press: Heritage Studies) | 45 minutes per day

Physical Education | 45 minutes per day, twice a week

Electives:

Band, Orchestra, Choir, Worship Team, Spanish, Computers, Drama, Art | 2 choices – 45 minutes per day, twice a week 

5th Grade Curriculum

Bible: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 45 minutes per day

Language Arts: Literature, Coral (Mosdos Press); Writing, From Beginning to Beyond; Spelling, ACSI: Purposeful Design | 1 hour and 30 minutes per day

Math: My Math (McGraw Hill) | 45 minutes per day

Science: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 45 minutes per day

Social Studies: Heritage Studies (BJU Press) | 45 minutes per day

Physical Education | 45 minutes per day, twice a week

Electives:

Band, Orchestra, Choir, Worship Team, Spanish, Computers, Drama, Art | 2 choices – 45 minutes per day, twice a week 

4th Grade Curriculum

Bible: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Language Arts: Reading, Reading A-Z; Writing, From Beginning to Beyond; Spelling, ACSI: Purposeful Design | 2 hours and 30 minutes per day

Math: My Math (McGraw Hill) | 1 hour per day

Science: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Social Studies: Heritage Studies (BJU Press) | 30 minutes per day

Physical Education | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Fine Arts: Art, Music, or Theatre | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Computers | 30 minutes per day, once a week

3rd Grade Curriculum

Bible: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Language Arts: Reading, Reading A-Z; Writing, From Beginning to Beyond; Spelling, ACSI: Purposeful Design | 2 hours and 30 minutes per day

Math: My Math (McGraw Hill) | 1 hour per day

Science: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Social Studies: Heritage Studies (BJU Press) | 30 minutes per day

Physical Education | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Fine Arts: Art, Music, or Theatre | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Computers | 30 minutes per day, once a week

2nd Grade Curriculum

Bible: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Language Arts: Reading, Reading A-Z; Writing, From Beginning to Beyond; Spelling, ACSI: Purposeful Design | 2 hours and 30 minutes per day

Math: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 1 hour per day

Science: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Social Studies: Heritage Studies (BJU Press) | 30 minutes per day

Physical Education | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Fine Arts: Art, Music, or Theatre | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Computers | 30 minutes per day, once a week

1st Grade Curriculum

Bible: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Language Arts: Reading, Reading A-Z; Writing, From Beginning to Beyond; Spelling, ACSI: Purposeful Design | 2 hours and 30 minutes per day

Math: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 1 hour per day

Science: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Social Studies: Heritage Studies (BJU Press) | 30 minutes per day

Physical Education | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Fine Arts: Art, Music, or Theatre | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Computers | 30 minutes per day, once a week

Kindergarten Curriculum

Bible: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 30 minutes per day

Language Arts: Reading, Reading A-Z; Writing, From Beginning to Beyond; Spelling, Wordly Wise 3000 | 1 hour and 40 minutes per day

Math: ACSI: Purposeful Design | 1 hour per day

Science: God’s World (Abeka) | 30 minutes per day*

Social Studies: My America (Abeka) | 30 minutes per day*

Physical Education | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Fine Arts: Art, Music, or Theatre | 30 minutes per day, twice a week

Circle Time / Calendar Time | 30 minutes per day

Rest Time | 30 minutes per day

*Science and Social Studies rotate per curriculum map