Crown of Life Christian Academy utilizes the best educational practices and research to design and implement instruction that benefits learners of all styles and ability levels. We follow a model of assessment based instruction where teacher lessons are driven by student responses, ensuring teaching that matches student needs. We base our academic benchmarks on Common Core State Standards but do not participate in high stakes testing which is often detrimental to student achievement. Below is a list of resources we use and incorporate into our learning curriculum:
- ChristLight: A religion curriculum that holds true to God's Word with a focus on Jesus Christ
- Saxon Math: A math curriculum that finds it's base in incremental stages, continual review and integration of concepts, and cumulative assessment
- Journey Reading: A Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt program that aligns with CCSS. We utilize Journeys in conjunction with chapter books, read aloud novels, and many more outside reading sources to ensure a balanced approach to reading and language arts instruction.
- National Geographic Science: NGS children's magazines serve as a nonfiction supplemental reading program that correlates with science standards and benchmarks. Our Science curriculum is rich in experiments and hands-on exploration.
Our Unique Multi-Grade Setting
At CoLCA our classrooms are built on the philosophy that students learn best in real life settings. From instruction to the very way our classrooms are developed, we strive to grow a community of learners that will carry students over into real life situations with ease. We design our classrooms to develop our students not only academically but socially and emotionally. The means by which we achieve this over-arching goal is the multi-age classroom. Some of the vast benefits of this unique multiple grades setting are:
- Younger children learn from older children.
- Children become sound learners, receiving a mix of individual; small, mixed abilities group; and whole class instruction.
- Children develop an increased sense of personal responsibility and accountability.
- Teachers instruct students for more than one year, giving the unique blessing of greater time for teachers to learn students' strengths, weaknesses, and learning habits.