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 more than one solution to every problem. Working problems that feel natural feed 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.

Faith integration occurs throughout the day, with 90 minutes of classroom instruction per week and a weekly chapel as a Christian school. King’s Ridge focuses on Christian education by teaching the Bible rather than a particular denominational belief. Teachers integrate a Christian perspective into the literature, math, science, and social studies units they teach and deal 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 conflict resolution skills 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, to learn to write complete sentences.

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

    At King’s Ridge, the 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. Exploring 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 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 school start 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.

    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 art, music, Spanish, physical education, media center, Christian education, and a weekly chapel. The half-day program's daily schedule starts at 7:50 AM and will conclude with a 12:20 PM pick-up except for 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 younger than the September 1 qualification unless they are 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 before entering an accelerated first grade. Students for the pre-first must have completed an accredited kindergarten program.

    Language Arts skills are developed by teaching oral and written communication through the basic building blocks of language development, reading skills, integrated phonics, and spelling. Students are exposed to multiple literature genres 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 using manipulatives and paper/pencil activities.

    The 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. Exploring 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 on reading, writing, and math.

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

    Daily writing lessons improve students’ writing skills of complete sentence formation, grammar skills, and 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 the curriculum to each student’s individual comprehension level. 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. Exploring 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 a 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.

    Students are encouraged to make their own reading material selections in the reading program 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 the 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. Also, students 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 the curriculum to each student’s individual comprehension level. 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. Exploring 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 a 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.

    Students read core novels as a class in the reading program and are engaged through genre and author studies. Students are also offered multiple novels within a unit to control the pace they read and their chosen topics. 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. Also, 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 mental computation, written work, and math facts fluency. Also, students are taught to think abstractly, solve multi-step problems, and communicate mathematical ideas.

    Students engage in the learning process by using 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 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 the curriculum to each student’s individual comprehension level. 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. Exploring 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 a 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 their pace and their topics as they become independent readers. Students are encouraged to create individual reading goals within multiple literature genres, 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 mental computation, written work, and math facts fluency. Students are also taught to communicate mathematically, analyze multi-step problems, and apply mathematical ideas to real-life situations.

    Students engage in the learning process by using 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 begins with the study of the exploration era and continues 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 the curriculum to each student’s individual comprehension level. 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. Exploring 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 a teacher and half-time assistant
  • 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 to 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 solve the problem and understand the relationship between numbers and operations. This translates into students who can apply math concepts in authentic learning activities outside of math class.
  • Lower School Science Program

    A child's innate sense of curiosity and wonder is the King's Ridge Science Program's foundation. Our engaging, cross-curricula approach emphasizes hands-on experiences and inquiry-based investigations patterned after methods scientists use.

    Students in Pre-K through fourth grade explore life, Earth, and physical sciences through a Christian worldview. Students learn the language of science, communicate science ideas, and read strategies to navigate the informational text successfully.

    Our goal is to produce scientifically literate citizens who think critically and work collaboratively. This program builds enthusiasm for science and science careers. KRCS has a Lower School science lab with a full-time lab teacher. Please visit her blog to see our students in action:  http://pbright2.edublogs.org/
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  • 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 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.