Grace Lutheran School offers a full academic program for students in preschool 2’s through eighth grade. The difference at Grace is that we are not just a school, but we are a Christian school. This means that we teach religion, or to put it more simply, we teach about Jesus Christ, who lived the perfect life we could not, died, and rose again for our salvation.
Grace uses secular text books to teach virtually all of its subjects. The difference is that all subjects are taught with a Christian emphasis. Grace does teach Christian morals and values. This is something that our public school counter parts are not allowed to do.
We currently use the Stanford Achievement Test to measure our academic success. The Stanford is a world renowned achievement test. It is used by schools of all varieties and types throughout the world. How do we score? Our students typically score above grade level in Science and Math. In terms of the other areas measured on the test we score traditionally above the 50th percentile. In the near future we hope to be looking into an online achievement testing system.
How do students perform when they leave Grace? The answer is, they acclimate well, and usually do better than their counterparts from the public school. Often times our students are several months to a year ahead of other students with approximately 85% or better placing into honors leveled programs upon leaving Grace. In terms of our eighth grade students, that go on to high school, they are often in the top one third of their class. Students from Grace go on to both public and private high schools.
Another question that is asked about our curriculum is, “Do you teach algebra?” The answer is yes. Algebra is taught to most students by the time they graduate from Grace. Geometry is also taught to students if they have completed and mastered Algebra I by completion of their 7th grade year. This means that often they may not have to take Algebra their first year in high school, and perhaps Geometry as well.
Children at Grace learn to read in kindergarten. We do teach phonics in our lower grades. Contrary to some popular opinions we find that the teaching of phonics is important for the acquisition of reading skills. The proof of this is evident in our achievement test results. We also participate fully in the nationally acclaimed Accelerated Reader program.
In 2016-17 we added a tablet and laptop program for our entire student body. Students in Middle School have their own assigned laptop. Students in Elementary School have technology incorporated in their studies as well with the use of shared laptops and students in our Pre-School through grade one use tablets as learning tools within their classrooms.