GCA Pre-K is a place that provides a fun, safe learning environment where experiences are explored so that children can develop spiritually, mentally, socially, and emotionally. We create learning opportunities to better understand God’s world, friends, academics and the boundaries that the school environment establishes. Christ is the center of our program.
Each week students focus on a particular letter of the alphabet in order to explore the areas of language, music, art, listening, observation and experimentation, selected Bible characters and stories, character traits, and games.
Each day students have opportunities for free play both indoors and outdoors. This is an important time for students to establish social skills by encouraging cooperation, sharing and sensitivity to others.
Children must meet the program’s age requirement on or before August 31st and must be potty-trained to qualify for the Pre-K program. Hours for Pre-K are 8:30-12:30.
Students receive daily Bible instruction, and every opportunity is taken during the course of the day to share and apply Biblical Truth. Students enjoy weekly chapel time where they experience dynamic worship and engaging lessons taught on their level. The elementary curriculum incorporates a well-balanced range of academics, featuring various programs which include hands-on learning opportunities. Students in grades 3-5 take a national standardized test each spring and consistently have averaged a grade level and a half above the national average. Teachers are allowed flexibility and creativity to supplement our curriculum to meet the needs of their students. Enrichment opportunities include art, music, drama, Spanish, physical education, technology, and library.
Also featured are many special events including class chapel presentations, character awards, field trips, school spirit days, talent show, Fun Run, Art Fair, and many more memorable moments.
Elementary Classes begin at 8:30 AM. School is dismissed at 3:15 PM.
Knowing God values art and its forms, GCA provides opportunities for students to express their creativity while learning more about art history and culture. Each spring student work is displayed at a school wide Art Fair.
Students visit our 8000 volume library on a weekly basis to participate in the Accelerated Reading program on their individual reading level.
Our performing arts classes are embracing the gift of music and drama and applying it to their world. Students annually participate in a Christmas and Spring program where they put into practice the elements they’ve learned to dramatically express their love for the Lord, both on and off the stage.
Because God made us in His image, we believe it is crucial to steward our bodies well and instill that concept within our students. Each year, our students train for and participate in the school wide Fun Run.
Each week GCA students are exposed to Latin American culture, Spanish vocabulary and verb/sentence structure, and the opportunity to practice their Spanish knowledge. Students lead a Spanish chapel each spring, incorporating worship and Bible study, showcasing their fluency.
GCA students in first through third grades are introduced to the concepts in the Microsoft Office Suite as well as Google Drive. We utilize Chromebooks and various integrated activities to help students reach proficiency in these applications.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is a weekly enrichment class for our fourth and fifth grade students. Building upon the technology foundation they receive in first-third grades, our upper level students integrate their learning with the use of Chromebooks, Little Bits, Coding, Robotics, Makerspace activities and more.
We value leadership development at GCA. Each student has opportunities throughout the year to grow their self-confidence and put into practice their leadership skills. By fifth grade students participate in a leadership program called F.L.I. (Future Leaders Institute), which includes guest speakers, leading school events, practicing decision making, and being responsible for their own personal laptop. Middle school students have opportunities to lead on a daily basis, both inside the classroom and school community as well as outside the GCA walls. Our middle school students have led Veterans Day events, through service projects, and led younger students within their school.
All Grace Covenant Academy students attend a weekly chapel. God’s Word is brought to life during chapel through amazing, interactive worship and relevant teaching. Each PreK-Sixth grade class leads one chapel each semester, allowing our students to demonstrate leadership and responsibility as they teach from the Word of God. Parents are invited to attend chapel each week. Third-sixth grade chapel is each Wednesday from 8:45-9:15 AM in Clanton Hall. Threes-second grade meet Wednesdays from 9:30-10:00 AM, also in Clanton Hall.
We encourage students to adhere to a code of conduct not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well. Our aim is not to focus only on the negative, but to acknowledge and encourage positive behavior as well.
GCA students are taught and expected to do the following:
- Honor God
- Be respectful
- Be responsible
- Do your best
GCA partners with Helping Hands Healing Hearts ministries in the Philippines. As a Christian Organization, Helping Hands Healing Hearts offers practical, emotional, spiritual and financial assistance towards children’s recovery from illness both while they are in hospital and upon their release until such times as they can be returned to the full time care of their respective families or into the care of the DSWD in the absence of appropriate family care. Helping Hands Healing Hearts also assists families of the children to network and access services of duly recognized institutions that can specifically help their situation. Each month, students hear an update on the children located here and contribute via monthly offerings. You can find out more information about Helping Hands Ministries by visiting helpinghandsministries.com.
Grace Covenant Academy recognizes that is our privilege to engage in corporate prayer. Prayer is both student and teacher led in the classroom on a daily basis. The GCA staff gathers weekly for a time of corporate prayer for our school and families. The Parent Action Prayer Team gathers for prayer each Friday.