Academics

Preschool

NorthCreek Preschool provides children, ages 3 to 6 years, a Christian environment in which they can develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally and socially through age appropriate activities. Our state licensed, high quality program offers a balance between child-initiated play and teacher directed activities. We recognize the crucial importance of children’s experiences during early childhood. Positive, supportive relationships during the earliest years are essential for healthy emotional development, cognitive development and social attachment. We believe that all areas of a child’s development – physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive are interrelated and equal in importance, and that play is the best vehicle for discovery and growth.

Our programs encourage children to think independently, to experiment and to problem solve. Our curriculum is Bible based and emphasizes that God loves them, while helping them grown in their love for God, themselves and others. Through this curriculum, children are encouraged to develop healthy relationships and consideration and respect for others. Our curriculum also offers interest centers, introduction to phonics, language development and exercises to encourage small and gross motor skills.

The 2018-2019 class offerings is listed below. The classes with an asterisk * are new classes for the 2018-19 school-year.

Mom's Morning Out
Age Requirement

Child must be 2 years old by July 1.

Program Distinctive

We strive to create a God-centered environment that will stimulate spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and mental growth. We also endeavor through experience and example to help children understand God loves them and that they are very special while always being available to give hugs, to play, to give encouragement, or to give explanations and guidance. The children have many opportunities to learn group social skills and to progress from parallel play to cooperative play. Their experiences aid in the development of motor skills, verbal expression, cognitive skills, and respect for others and self.

The purpose of Mom’s Morning Out is to…

  • Model Christ’s love for children
  • Provide a safe, loving, and clean environment for children.
  • Provide a preschool program for two-year olds and young three-year olds who are not completely potty trained.
  • Offer time for parents in our church and community to…

…get together with friends
…run errands
…keep an appointment
…spend one-on-one time with another child
…help in an older sibling’s classroom
…rest and relax

3s
Age requirements

Age 3 by October 31 and potty trained

Program distinctive
  • Developing friendships independent of parents
  • Taking turns
  • Following a routine
  • Sharing
  • Fine motor skill development through play and teacher directed activities
  • Gross motor skill development through outdoor play and circle time activities
  • Developing a love of learning and the joy of creative expression at school
Lunch Bunch

3s may extend their days until 1:30 PM with this enrichment program

Pre-Kindergarten
Age requirements

Age 4 by October 31

Program distinctive
  • Math skills: sequencing, size comparison, matching, sorting, patterning, counting
  • Language skills:  rhyming, opposites, positional words
  • Phonetic awareness:  zoo-phonics, letter sound and identification
  • Fine motor skills: cutting and writing with proper pencil grip
  • Gross motor skills:  eye-hand coordination, balance, pumping a swing
  • Self-help skills:  using the bathroom independently, putting away own items
  • Classroom skills:  following directions, taking turns, standing in line, transitioning
  • Social skills:  sharing, developing friendships, conflict resolution
  • Kindergarten preparation and developing a love for learning
Lunch Bunch

Pre-Kindergartners may extend their days Monday – Thursday until 2:30 PM with this enrichment program.

Junior Kindergarten
Age requirements

Age 5 by January 31

Program distinctive
  • Math skills: sequencing, size comparison, matching, sorting, patterning, one to one correspondence in counting, number awareness, and ordinal numbers
  • Language skills:  rhyming, opposites, positional words, story comprehension and the components of a story, pre-reading development
  • Phonetic awareness:  zoo-phonics, letter sounds and letter identification
  • Fine motor skills: cutting with correct scissors grip in a straight line and a zigzag line, writing with proper pencil grip including the child’s name with upper and lower case letters, ability to draw and identify shapes
  • Gross motor skills:  eye-hand coordination, balance, hopping on one foot, skipping, pumping a swing, bouncing and catching a ball
  • Social/Personal skills:  knows first and last name, parents’ names, address and telephone number, birthdate and age, taking responsibility for one’s own items, respecting peers as well as those in authority, ability to put on one’s own clothing and use the bathroom independently
  • Classroom skills:  following directions, taking turns, standing in line, transitioning
  • Social skills:  sharing, developing friendships, independent conflict resolution
  • Kindergarten preparation and developing a love for learning
Lunch Bunch

Junior Kindergartners may extend their days Monday – Thursday until 2:30 PM with this enrichment program.

ProgramDaysTimesLunch Bunch*
Mom's Morning OutM9:00-11:30N/A
3sT/Th9:00-12:00T/Th 12:00-1:30
*M/W/F*M/W 12:00-1:30
Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K)T/Th9:00-12:00T/Th 12:00-2:30
F 9:00-12:00
M/W/FM/W 12:00-2:30
*M-F*M/W 12:00-2:30
Junior Kindergarten (JK)M-Th9:00-12:00M-Th 12:00-2:30
*M-FM-Th 12:00-2:30

Kindergarten

Elementary

Junior High

Classical Education

The Trivium

Our instruction will be utilizing methods from the Classical Education model.  The design of Classical Christian education is to produce a student with the mental discipline and ability to read an in-depth book, write discerning, thoughtful essays on the book, present lectures or debates on the contents of the book, and evaluate its contents in light of the Christian worldview.  Its goal is to teach the student to think clearly and express himself persuasively. To accomplish this, we will be teaching children according to three stages of learning and development: the Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric stages. These stages make up what is known as the Trivium. The word Trivium comes from the Latin prefix Tri meaning “three,” and the Latin root “via” meaning the way. The word Trivium literally means three-way, referring to the three ways of learning that coincide with a child’s cognitive development as he or she matures.

  • Grammar Stage

    During this stage, children compile information in an organized framework (or “grammar”) for each subject area. Children love to chant, recite, and memorize. Emphasis on repetition and rote techniques corresponds to a child’s ability to easily memorize and learn by rote during this phase of development. During these elementary years, we are focused on the fundamental facts and rules of each subject, the building blocks, the “a,b,c’s” of each core subject including phonics, English grammar, spelling, reading of the classics, Bible study, math facts, and penmanship. This is the time to fill them full of facts, such as the multiplication table, geography, dates, events, plant and animal classifications – anything that lends itself to easy repetition and assimilation by the mind. The material is presented to the students in an assortment of techniques to reach all types of learning styles. Through the use of varied repetition, a strong foundation is laid as the building blocks for future learning.

  • Dialectic Stage

    During the second stage, the Dialectic stage, the child begins to understand that which he has learned and begins to use his reason to ask questions based on the information that he has gathered in the grammar stage. It is during this stage that the child no longer sees the facts that he learned as separate pieces of information, but he starts to put them together into logical relationships by asking questions. No longer can the American Revolution merely be a historical fact, but it must be understood in the light of the rest of what the child has learned. For example, how can one reconcile the fact that some of the founding fathers can be held up as great men even though they were also slaveholders? Through more in-depth and careful discussion and examination of evidence, the students learn how to question, how to dialogue, and how to discern. This leads to the development of stronger critical thinking skills. Formal logic is taught as a class. It is also integrated into each subject matter enabling students to learn the rules that guide sound thinking.

  • Rhetoric Stage

    With the grammar and dialectic stages serving as building blocks, children in this stage progress toward articulating their views. Children are learning how to think out loud; they become concerned with expressing themselves and how their ideas are coming across to others.

    Although our students will enter the Rhetoric stage after graduating from NorthCreek Academy, our educational goal is to prepare our students to enter these upper grades ready to learn how to 1) communicate clearly in written and verbal form, 2) thoroughly research all subject areas, 3) see interrelationships between subjects, 4) and apply a biblical worldview to daily living and future learning.

    By recognizing and utilizing these stages throughout the child’s development, we are cognizantly working with how God designed children, and their ability to learn.

Grade Level Distinctives

Kindergarteners will discover that a half day of school is as packed as it can get. A child’s love for learning is channeled into a number of more formal, yet fun activities throughout the week. Themed units, special days and nights, projects at home and school establish students’ confidence and skills in the basics – reading, writing and math. Our kindergarteners begin their study of history with a unit on ancient Egypt. Afternoons offer an optional enrichment program called Kinderland (see Family Care for more info) at an additional cost.

First graders will stay with us the entire school day, receiving most of their instruction from their classroom teacher as they build a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics. Scarecrow Day, the Inventors Fair and beginning Shurley Grammar are program highlights, along with the study of ancient Rome and Greece. The significant rise in tuition at this grade reflects the one-time adjustment from half day to a full day of instruction.

Second graders continue to build upon the solid foundation that was developed in our K-1 program. During this very important Grammar Stage of learning students have a tremendous ability for observation and memory work. The enrichment at second grade includes an Accelerated Math program and students begin their first year of Latin instruction. Special studies include an introduction to writing in cursive and multiplication. A study of medieval Europe and special days like Teddy Bear Day and Bug Day make for an exciting year.

In third grade, the children continue their Latin instruction, developing critical thinking skills and stretching their vocabulary base as well as the ability to translate. Students begin learning how to play the recorder in music class. Charlotte’s Web Day and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Day are two memory-makers in grade 3.

The fourth graders begin to develop their note-taking and organizational skills through report writing. Along with an emphasis on California’s history through field trips and projects, fourth graders will continue to receive Latin instruction and begin band instruction in music class. Students begin basic keyboarding in fourth grade. Parents should budget some expense for instrument rental fees this year and next.

At fifth grade the music program continues with a second year of band, and computer keyboarding instruction continues as well. In addition, students sharpen writing skills through state reports and book reviews. Fifth graders are eligible to run for student council, and a “Civil War” trip is a highlight of the year.

Junior High Electives

The school begins offering elective classes in the upper grades during the “zero” period of the junior high day (8:30am). Past electives have included Greek mythology, electronics, art, drama, first aid, C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, woodshop, stagecraft, computers, photography and marine biology. Advanced band/Jazz Band, Spanish, Praise Team and Debate are offered as year-long electives.

After School Sports

The school is a member of a local Christian school league that competes in several afterschool sports, currently including basketball, soccer, softball, flag football and volleyball. Students also have the option to participate in a cross country meet in the fall. Tryouts are scheduled for each sport, and participation is at an additional expense.

Other Program Offerings

Junior highers have Bible as a separate course of study, and attend their own chapels that are led by student Praise Team members. Students are invited to run for Student Council, taking positions of student leadership and providing service to the school and community. All junior highers participate in the spring Science Fair (many attending the local county fair). The 7th and 8th grade students attend Science Camp during the school year, alternating each year with an opportunity to go to Washington D.C. on an optional trip scheduled each June. There is an opportunity to participate in Drama at an additional cost. And just for fun, the school hosts several afterschool socials throughout the year (bowling, ice skating, “Sky High”), as well as some in-school activities like an awesome Christmas party and of course, Spirit Week.

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners will discover that a half day of school is as packed as it can get. A child’s love for learning is channeled into a number of more formal, yet fun activities throughout the week. Themed units, special days and nights, projects at home and school establish students’ confidence and skills in the basics – reading, writing and math. Our kindergarteners begin their study of history with a unit on ancient Egypt. Afternoons offer an optional enrichment program called Brain Blast (three days per week) at an additional cost.

First

First graders will stay with us the entire school day, receiving most of their instruction from their classroom teacher as they build a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics. Scarecrow Day, the Inventors Fair and beginning Shurley Grammar are program highlights, along with the study of ancient Rome and Greece. The significant rise in tuition at this grade reflects the one-time adjustment from half day to a full day of instruction.

Second

Second graders continue to build upon the solid foundation that was developed in our K-1 program. During this very important Grammar Stage of learning students have a tremendous ability for observation and memory work. The enrichment at second grade includes an Accelerated Math program and students begin their first year of Latin instruction. Special studies include an introduction to writing in cursive and multiplication. A study of medieval Europe and special days like Teddy Bear Day and Bug Day make for an exciting year.

Third

In third grade, the children continue their Latin instruction, developing critical thinking skills and stretching their vocabulary base as well as the ability to translate. Students begin learning how to play the recorder in music class. Charlotte’s Web Day and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Day are two memory-makers in grade 3.

Fourth

The fourth graders begin to develop their note-taking and organizational skills through report writing. Along with an emphasis on California’s history through field trips and projects, fourth graders will continue to receive Latin instruction and begin band instruction in music class. Students begin basic keyboarding in fourth grade. Parents should budget some expense for instrument rental fees this year and next.

Fifth

At fifth grade the music program continues with a second year of band, and computer keyboarding instruction continues as well. In addition, students sharpen writing skills through state reports and book reviews. Fifth graders are eligible to run for student council, and a “Civil War” trip is a highlight of the year.

Junior High

Junior High Electives

The school begins offering elective classes in the upper grades during the “zero” period of the junior high day (8:30am). Past electives have included Greek mythology, electronics, art, drama, first aid, C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, woodshop, stagecraft, computers, photography and marine biology. Advanced band/Jazz Band, Spanish, Praise Team and Debate are offered as year-long electives.

After School Sports

The school is a member of a local Christian school league that competes in several afterschool sports, currently including basketball, soccer, softball, flag football and volleyball. Students also have the option to participate in a cross country meet in the fall. Tryouts are scheduled for each sport, and participation is at an additional expense.

Other Program Offerings

Junior highers have Bible as a separate course of study, and attend their own chapels that are led by student Praise Team members. Students are invited to run for Student Council, taking positions of student leadership and providing service to the school and community. All junior highers participate in the spring Science Fair (many attending the local county fair). The 7th and 8th grade students attend Science Camp during the school year, alternating each year with an opportunity to go to Washington D.C. on an optional trip scheduled each June. There is an opportunity to participate in Drama at an additional cost. And just for fun, the school hosts several afterschool socials throughout the year (bowling, ice skating, “Sky High”), as well as some in-school activities like an awesome Christmas party and of course, Spirit Week.

Learning Assistance Program

NorthCreek Academy offers a Learning Assistance Program for students who are experiencing difficulty in classroom achievement. Students can be referred for consideration in the program through a classroom teacher, the principal, or by his/her parents with the agreement of the teacher and principal. Students are given several assessments in order to determine learning strengths and weaknesses, and to develop an appropriate educational program that would best meet identified needs. Based on the assessment, recommendations are made, which may include individual remediation, classroom accommodations, and referrals for additional testing/support by other professionals.
Students who are referred to the LAP for remediation meet with a learning specialist in individual sessions one to three hours per week. These sessions are based on individual student needs and focus on developing foundational academic skills, strengthening processing skills and improving compensatory skills for classroom success.

For our younger students, NCA offers the Search and Teach program. The purpose of this program is to find and assist students who may have difficulty with skills basic to reading and the language arts. All kindergarten students are assessed with the SEARCH screening tool in September. Those who would benefit from individual instruction in preacademic and beginning academic skills meet with an instructor in individual TEACH sessions thirty to sixty minutes per week.

Next Steps

We hope you prayerfully consider NorthCreek and encourage you to take the proper steps in applying for our school.