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 class offerings is listed below.
Age 3 by October 31 and potty trained
3s may extend their days until 1:30 PM with this enrichment program
Age 4 by October 31
Pre-Kindergartners may extend their days Monday – Thursday until 2:30 PM with this enrichment program.
Age 5 by January 31
Junior Kindergartners may extend their days Monday – Thursday until 2:30 PM with this enrichment program.
|Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K)||T/Th||9:00-12:00||T/Th 12:00-1:30
|Junior Kindergarten (JK)||M-Th||9:00-12:00||M-Th 12:00-2:30|
Our approach to the Kindergarten classroom recognizes that reading, writing, listening, and speaking are not disembodied skills. Each skill exists in context and in relation to one another and must not be taught independently of each other. The kindergarten year is geared toward integrating and developing these skills in a manner pointing toward success with future curriculum and trivium stages. Learning objectives focus on physical, social, personal, and cognitive development in an encouraging environment that fosters a love for education. Our kindergarten program is an academic program which gives students the foundation for beginning reading.
Since 1999, the Academy has delivered a distinctly different Christian education through its classical approach, emphasizing mastery of the basics through chants, poems, songs and other valuable memory tools. While rich in language arts and history, which are at the heart of a classical education, the Academy has placed a strong emphasis on math and science curricula as well – ensuring a rigorous, well-rounded education. Beyond Bible as a course of study, we endeavor to integrate God’s Word throughout the program, within all subjects. Enrichment education is also essential to our classical approach. All students receive instruction from specialized teachers in music (choral and instrumental), art and PE, as well as Latin, which begins in second grade. Small class sizes in all grades enable staff to truly teach students, not merely manage them.
Junior high students continue to benefit from small class sizes under faculty members who teach from areas of passion and strength. The core curriculum for junior high includes Bible (a systematic study of God’s Word), Latin, history, language arts (including classic literature and an emphasis on writing skills), science, and math. To further address a classical viewpoint, students also receive formal logic training, P.E., and enrichment elective choices like debate, band and other fine arts disciplines. Junior High staff work closely as a team to provide caring guidance for students, striving for balanced student workloads while fostering best practices in the classroom.
Junior High emphasizes a transition in focus from what to why, drawing on previously taught and retained information in order to think critically and engage in higher-level reasoning. Classes cap at 22 students, allowing staff to truly know students as individuals. Junior High students benefit from a staff that teaches from areas of passion and strength, having a variety of instructors who are trained to teach in specific subjects. Students study God’s Word; they discuss history, read classics of literature and hone writing skills while being challenged in the fundamentals of science and math, including the teaching of formal logic. They enter the world of lockers and Spirit Week, science labs and debate teams, after school sports and socials. The junior highers have their own chapels and electives, but still maintain their role as the big kids on the campus by taking on “Big Buddy” status to the younger students.
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.
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 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.
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.