SCA Strives to be a safe, engaging learning environment where, daily, all learners are able to focus on powerful standards based-instruction. We recognize that the instruction that is the most impactful happens both within and beyond the walls of the school, and balances higher order thinking skills with the foundational skills necessary for academic success. Further, we understand that a brain-compatible school is one where at any given time the adults responsible for the running of the program engage in analysis, review, and reform of the processes used in the school according to the science available on the teaching and learning process. A teacher in a brain-compatible school is one that utilizes information on cognition to reframe both the art and the science of teaching. The climate of brain-compatible school is both energizing and harmonious, the evidence of which is seen in high levels of student engagement. A brain-compatible school is one that ensures that learning can occur because the varied needs of each learner are met. By design a brain-compatible school promotes the development of resilience in children.
SHABACH! Christian Academy uses a variety of tools from well-known publishers in order to deliver its’ conceptually anchored, experientially delivered, standards-based curriculum. Our yearlong themes, published annually, are built around the Common Core State Standards. Our themes are written in such a way that parents and students know at the beginning of the year all of the topics and skills that will be taught during the course of the year. Our curriculum themes also show biblical integration. They outline all of the field experiences and the service-learning projects that children will experience throughout the school year. The processes used to design our yearlong themes ensure that academic standards are covered in a brain-compatible way, while simultaneously working on the skills that Young Disciples must develop in order to become leaders capable of instigating change!
Across the curriculum rigor, relevance, and relationships provide students with learning experiences that allow choice; support risk taking, and yield an environment that is engaging, supportive and exciting. Students are encouraged to build relationships and to give back to the community through service projects. Parents, teachers, administrators and peers encourage and support students in reaching high levels of achievement. The culmination of these experiences is the creation of lifelong learners.
At SCA, curriculum is designed with brain-compatible elements to provide for optimal learning. Those strategies supported by the science of learning include: collaboration and choice, the integration of movement; strategies that promote the development of visual literacy; direct experience with the content to be learned; classroom environments that are enriched, and the inclusion of varied assessments that provide the learner with meaningful ways to demonstrate their mastery of the content being taught.
Standards based curriculum is relevant, age appropriate and meaningful. It is delivered in a way that helps students make sense and seek patterns in the world around them using their many senses on study trips that support the goals of the curriculum. Teachers use the multiple intelligences developed by Howard Gardner to direct their teaching and plan for individualized instruction. Students are taught to work together in an enriched learning environment that is clean and clutter free.
Well planned instruction guarantees both biblical and technological integration, and that content is vertically aligned ensuring that SHABACH! graduates are prepared well and have the foundational skills necessary for more advanced academics.
SCA uses tools from ABeka, Houghton-Mifflin, HSP Mathematics, and Glencoe to deliver core content. Each year all K-8 Students are assessed using the Stanford 10 Standardized Test.