Academics

Lower School

Lower School launches students into college prep starting in a nurturing environment with differentiated instruction specific to each child’s unique gifts and talents.
The reading program supports continued growth by providing a strong foundation for primary students and allowing older students to make their own reading selections. The math program encourages students to stretch their minds by teaching them there is more than one solution to every problem. The ability to work problems in a way that feels natural feeds the creativity found within children and cultivates the innovative skills they will need in future years. Private school elementary science and social studies focuses on a hands-on approach with labs and projects. Students are engaged in the learning process throughout the curriculum and collaborate using emerging technologies. Through this experience, students become creators and begin developing skills to become self-directed learners.

As a Christian school, faith integration takes place throughout the day with 90 minutes of classroom instruction per week and a weekly chapel. King’s Ridge focuses on Christian education by teaching the Bible, rather than a particular denominational belief. Teachers integrate Christian perspective into the literature, math, science and social studies units they teach, as well as when dealing with behavioral and social discipline.

In addition to Christian education, students participate in six other special classes each week. Physical education takes place four times a week, Spanish and music two times a week, visual art for an hour each week, media center (K-3rd) once per week, and guidance as needed.

Our Curriculum

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  • Pre-K

    King’s Ridge Christian School offers a Pre-K program for students who have reached age 4 by September 1. Enrollment in the Pre-K program is by priority registration (first-come, first-served).

    Pre-K students engage in oral and written language activities while exposing students to multiple genres of literature. Language development is encouraged while pre-reading and early developmental reading skills are practiced.

    King’s Ridge preschool students begin to develop their math skills first by identifying and understanding numbers. Creativity is fostered through multiple learning centers and art activities. Ample opportunities are provided for hands-on learning. Pre-K students explore the wonder of God’s creation as they learn about nature and the world in which we live. Students practice life skills of conflict resolution through problem solving activities and learn to maneuver social situations through directed play.

    Pre-K students are given priority enrollment consideration for kindergarten the following year.

    Class size: 15 students with a teacher and full-time assistant.
  • Kindergarten

    Kindergarten is a dynamic year of activity and one in which critical skills are developed. Realizing children develop at different rates, the program is tailored to the individual needs of kindergarten students.

    Students develop oral and written language. Pre-reading and beginning reading skills become stronger leading to accelerated language development.

    Focus is placed on explicitly teaching reading comprehension skills through Guided Reading, tailored to individual instructional reading levels, with a goal of learning to write complete sentences.

    Math skills and concepts are developed and explored in real-life situations.

    At King’s Ridge, curriculum is tailored to each student’s individual level of comprehension. Students who need a challenge are offered accelerated activities in reading, writing and math. Reading specialists provide small group instruction and extra reading activities for students needing remediation.

    Creativity is fostered in multiple centers and art activities through hands-on methods of instruction. Exploration of God’s handiwork sparks curiosity in students to discover His presence in nature and the world in which we live. King’s Ridge uses technology to reinforce and enrich the learning process, even during the Kindergarten age.

    Kindergarten students will receive first consideration if applying to pre-first the following year. Class size: Maximum 16 students with a teacher and full-time assistant. Students admitted to kindergarten are required to have reached the age of 5 by September 1. Students turning 5 in the spring and summer months preceding the start of school are closely evaluated for readiness.

    KRCS offers a half-day kindergarten program as an option to parents who seek the distinctive KRCS academic preparation, but would like the flexibility and time with their child to provide their own enrichment opportunities for the specials areas provided in the KRCS full-day program.

    Both the half-day and full-day kindergarten classes offer the same academic preparation including the KRCS Christian integration into the academic curriculum. The full-day schedule offers additional classes of art, music, Spanish, physical education, media center, Christian education, and a weekly chapel. The daily schedule for the half-day program starts at 7:50 AM and will conclude with a 12:20 PM pick-up with the exception of Wednesdays of a one hour delayed arrival. Eligibility for the half-day program is based on enrollment standards for all KRCS kindergarten students with the half-day program open to students who will turn 5 years of age by November 1. Eligibility to advance to a first grade program the following year continues to be for those students who turn 6 years of age by September 1. The pre-first class will be the standard next step for students who are younger than the September 1 qualification unless found to be developmentally ready to advance to a first grade program.
  • Pre-First

    The King’s Ridge Christian School Pre-First program is designed for students who will benefit from an extra year of development prior to entering and accelerated first grade. Students for Pre-First must have completed an accredited kindergarten program.

    Language Arts skills are developed by teaching both oral and written communication through the basic building blocks of language development, reading skills, integrated phonics and spelling. Students are exposed to multiple genres of literature where comprehension skills are taught and direct reading instruction is tailored to the individual reading levels.

    The King’s Ridge Pre-First Program introduces students to math concepts and develops basic foundational skills through real-life situations with the use of manipulatives and paper/pencil activities.

    Curriculum is tailored to each student’s individual level of comprehension. Students who need a challenge are offered accelerated activities in reading, writing and math. Reading specialists provide small group instruction and extra reading activities for students needing remediation.

    Creativity is fostered in multiple centers and art activities through hands-on methods of instruction. Exploration of God’s handiwork sparks curiosity in students to discover His presence in nature and the world in which we live. King’s Ridge uses technology to reinforce and enrich the learning process even during the Pre-First age.

    Class size: 14 students with a teacher and full-time assistant
  • First Grade

    The King’s Ridge First Grade program highlights several focuses across reading, writing and math.

    In the reading program, students are encouraged to make their own reading material selections as they continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills. Students continue to explore multiple genres of literature and are provided directed reading instruction tailored to individual comprehension levels, resulting in further development of their oral and written language skills.

    Daily writing lessons improve students’ writing skills of complete sentence formation, application of grammar skills and the use of Zaner-Bloser handwriting.

    In first grade math, math talk and daily-guided practice allow students to develop problem-solving skills by identifying computation and process errors in math problems. Students work toward proficiency in mental computation and written work.

    At King’s Ridge, we acknowledge and tailor curriculum to each student’s individual level of comprehension. Students who need a challenge are offered accelerated activities in reading, writing and math. Reading specialists provide small group instruction and extra reading activities for students needing remediation.

    Creativity is fostered in multiple centers and art activities through hands-on methods of instruction. Exploration of God’s handiwork sparks curiosity in students to discover His presence in nature and the world in which we live. King’s Ridge uses technology to reinforce and enrich the learning process even during the first grade age.

    Class size: 20 students with teacher and full-time assistant
  • Second Grade

    The King’s Ridge Second Grade program continues to develop reading, writing, math and additional subjects using the foundational skills established in earlier grades.

    In the reading program, students are encouraged to make their own reading material selections as they continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills. Students begin to learn decoding skills and phonics through their selected reading materials and are provided directed reading instruction tailored to individual comprehension levels, resulting in further development of their oral and written language skills.

    Daily writing lessons begin teaching students paragraph formation, grammar usage mechanics and cursive writing through tailored instruction.

    In second grade, math talk and daily-guided practice continue. Students develop problem-solving skills by identifying computation and process errors in math problems, and also work toward proficiency in mental computation and written work. In addition, students also explore fluency with math facts through a specific focus on addition and subtraction.

    Students are introduced to the scientific method through thematic units and hands-on activities. A major emphasis is placed on Social Studies and taught through interdisciplinary units.

    At King’s Ridge, we acknowledge and tailor curriculum to each student’s individual level of comprehension. Students who need a challenge are offered accelerated activities in reading, writing and math. Reading specialists provide small group instruction and extra reading activities for students needing remediation.

    Creativity is fostered in multiple centers and art activities through hands-on methods of instruction. Exploration of God’s handiwork sparks curiosity in students to discover His presence in nature and the world in which we live. King’s Ridge uses technology to reinforce and enrich the learning process even during the second grade age.

    Class size: 20 students with teacher and half-time assistant
  • Third Grade

    The King’s Ridge Third Grade program continues to develop reading, writing, math and additional subjects using the foundational skills established in earlier grades.

    In the reading program, students read core novels as a class and are engaged through the use of genre and author studies. Students are also offered multiple novels within a unit so they can control the pace at which they read and the topics they choose. Students are introduced to fact driven reading materials on topics appropriate for this age group.

    A customized spelling program reinforces phonics, syllabication and paragraph writing. Students learn about analogies, synonyms, antonyms and contextual clues to assist in their comprehension. In addition, students explore alternative literature responses through writing, group work and drama. At this level, students have a strong working knowledge of proper grammar.

    In third grade, math talk and daily-guided practice continue as students work toward proficiency in mental computation, written work and fluency with math facts. In addition, students are taught to think abstractly, solve multi-step problems and communicate mathematical ideas.

    Students engage in the learning process through the use of hands-on materials, games and cooperative learning activities. They acquire an overview of the three branches of science, life, earth and physical, while practicing the use of the scientific process. There is an introduction to the heritage and contributions of colonists and citizens. Technology is used to reinforce and enrich the learning process.

    At King’s Ridge, we acknowledge and tailor curriculum to each student’s individual level of comprehension. Students who need a challenge are offered accelerated activities in reading, writing and math. Reading specialists provide small group instruction and extra reading activities for students needing remediation.

    Creativity is fostered in multiple centers and art activities through hands-on methods of instruction. Exploration of God’s handiwork sparks curiosity in students to discover His presence in nature and the world in which we live. King’s Ridge uses technology to reinforce and enrich the learning process even during the third grade age.

    Class size: 20 students with teacher and half-time assistant
  • Fourth Grade

    The King’s Ridge Fourth Grade program continues to develop reading, writing, math and additional subjects using already established foundational skills.

    In the reading program, students read core novels as a class with multiple novels within a unit allowing them to control the pace at which they read and the topics they choose as they become independent readers. Students are encouraged to create individual reading goals within multiple genres of literature, supported through one-on-one conferences with the teacher. Comprehension skills are further developed with oral communication.

    The writing program incorporates parts of speech, usage and mechanics to create varied sentence patterns. Students learn about analogies, synonyms, antonyms and contextual clues to assist in their comprehension. Writing assignments include descriptive writing using vivid verbs, multi-paragraph essays and a research paper, incorporating the five step writing process.

    In fourth grade, math talk and daily-guided practice continue as students work toward proficiency in mental computation, written work and fluency with math facts. In addition, students are taught to communicate mathematically, analyze multi-step problems and apply mathematical ideas to real-life situations.

    Students engage in the learning process through the use of hands-on materials, games and cooperative learning activities. The science curriculum expands to satisfy each student’s growing ability to think critically about science and apply it in the real world. Students practice the scientific process while acquiring an overview of life, earth and physical sciences. Social Studies begin with the study of the exploration era and continue with the European influence on the colonial settlements, and the Revolutionary War. Education technology is used to reinforce and enrich the learning process.

    At King’s Ridge, we acknowledge and tailor curriculum to each student’s individual level of comprehension. Students who need a challenge are offered accelerated activities in reading, writing and math. Reading specialists provide small group instruction and extra reading activities for students needing remediation.

    Creativity is fostered in multiple centers and art activities through hands-on methods of instruction. Exploration of God’s handiwork sparks curiosity in students to discover His presence in nature and the world in which we live. King’s Ridge uses technology to reinforce and enrich the learning process even during the fourth grade age.

    Class size: 20 students with teacher and half-time assistant
  • Lower School Enrichment

    Christian elementary school students have the opportunity to explore a variety of subject areas through enrichment classes such as art, accelerated Christian education, guidance, media studies, music, physical education and Spanish. Several extensions of other enrichment opportunities are offered in after school clubs, providing outlets for students to discover additional gifts, build self-awareness, learn how to challenge themselves as individuals and work within a collaborative framework on team projects.

    A full-time guidance counselor addresses the social and emotional development of students through individual and small group sessions. Classes also discuss topics that include conflict resolution, cooperation, self-image, responsibility and anti-bullying behaviors. Special focus groups are also available for students who are experiencing similar life situations.
  • Lower School Reading & Math

    As the central building blocks of all academics, the focus on reading and math is tuned into empowering students with foundational skills to set them up for future success. We recognize that each child has the ability to love reading, but must find his or her own path to discover the types of books that will capture that passion. The reading program is structured such that students build confidence and experience success through a progression of instructional, guided and independent reading.

    The math program permits students to explore math concepts at a deeper level by using a multi-faceted approach to not only solve the problem, but to understand the relationship between numbers and operations. This translates into students who can apply math concepts in authentic learning activities outside of math class.
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