The Elementary program at GCA serves students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Each of our elementary classrooms is led by a certified teacher with a student to teacher ratio of
- 1:18 in Grades 1-8
- 1:9 in Kindergarten
Elementary classroom teachers follow the carefully selected learning standards for each grade level to determine their course of planning. While teachers are expected to utilize the curriculum resources provided to each grade level, they are also encouraged to differentiate their lessons in order to engage students of all learning styles and needs.
In addition, technology is thoughtfully and age-appropriately integrated into all aspects of our academic program. We view technology as one of the many tools for learning. Students in Grade 4 and 5 are assigned an individual laptop computer that is used in the classroom.
As a Christian school, we put the Bible and biblical values at the center of all we do. We provide opportunities for our students to engage in a biblically integrated academic program. Students will also have weekly Chapel and classroom Bible instruction which will continue to reinforce a love for God, His Word, and His world.
The school day is 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM.
Students will also be provided with off-campus learning opportunities and field trips that will build into the well-rounded education they receive at GCA.
Knowing God values art and its forms, GCA provides opportunities for students to express their creativity while learning more about art history and culture. Elementary students participate in Art as a weekly enrichment, working with different mediums and correlating with classroom learning as much as possible. Each spring student work is displayed at a school wide Art Fair.
In STEM class, students integrate the learning of technology with science, engineering and mathematics. They will utilize Chromebooks and tablets, along with other materials to build circuits, learn coding, robotics, computer animation and more. Students are given creative challenges that require cooperation and collaboration as they walk through the scientific method. This enrichment combines creativity, engineering, and technology to give students a hands-on approach to learning.
Because we believe lifelong healthy habits begin at a young age, Elementary school students will have PE 2-3 days/week. Students will engage in various motor skill activities that will help students develop skills individual and group sports — ultimately, to honor God in all that we do and carry these skills for a lifetime.
In our elementary program, students learn to read music, engage with different instruments, understand the basics of stage presence, and participate in performances throughout the year.
In the Elementary Spanish program, GCA students are exposed to Latin American culture, Spanish vocabulary and verb/sentence structure, and have the opportunity to practice their Spanish knowledge. Students will engage in games, written and oral learning in order to help all students grow in their language skills.
GCA students visit the library weekly to learn basic library skills and to access our 8,000+ fiction and non-fiction books for loan. Families can use the library portal to access our library catalog.
Students in Grades 3-5 will have a weekly Technology enrichment class that will teach our students about digital stewardship. We believe technology is useful as a tool and is to be a help for us, and we aim to teach students to be users of technology and will develop their digital literacy and keyboarding skills.