GACS - 2012/2013
To restore in our school community the image of our Creator
To equip and challenge each student to reach his or her potential: spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. As a community of parents, students, and teachers, in cooperation with Christ, we seek to learn, through scripture and nature, God’s revelation of Himself.
Our greatest desire is to impact our world through a lifestyle of unselfish service to others.
A Community of Learners
This goal is taken directly from our mission statement
It is one of our most sacred goals
Parents, students, teachers, home and school, and the school board must meet often and work closely together to maintain unity and singleness of purpose.
A Biblical Worldview
The whole curriculum is centered around “The Words and Works of God”
Children must understand the major themes of the Bible:
1. God’s love for His children
2. God’s creatorship of the universe
3. the origin of sin
4. the work of redemption
5. each individual’s part in God’s plan
6. hope for the future
Mastery of the basic math facts and algorithms is the foundation.
Math skills and understanding flow naturally from science observations and experiments, use of graphic organizers, and manipulatives.
Use of math in daily activities builds an understanding of why math is a useful and essential skill.
Inquiry-based science aims to instill a lifelong link between the Creator and His creation
fostering an attitude of awe and wonder as students learn to view nature as a window into the mind of God
This approach is based on the scientific method and strives to develop original thinking, not “mere reflecting of the thoughts of others”.
The ability to read fluently and with understanding, to write clearly and persuasively, and to spell accurately is crucial to success in today’s world.
Our teacher is an expert in guiding each student into a program to ensure a timely mastery of each area
Health and Fitness
We use the study of human physiology to arouse interest in healthful living
Food production forms a springboard into exploring a healthy diet and new habits
Emphasis is placed on self-challenging personal skills such as jump rope, juggling , gymnastics, tinikling, etc.
We use missionaries and their work around the world to explore geography and culture
Hand’s-on experience in mapmaking
1. Students will become familiar with technology and its use in modern living
2. File management
3. Word processing
7. Search engines
8. Desktop publishing
9. Foreign Language
10. Basic skill drills
11. The internet as a learning tool
Aimed specifically at sharing God’s love through media
A continuum of skills prepares each student to communicate ideas effectively
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) approach.
research plant varieties
decide on crops
develop product brochures: box contents, delivery schedule, pricing, etc.
start plants in classroom grow box
study plants, TOPS is great
transplant into greenhouse
set up garden plan
weed and water
wash, dry, cool, and bag
This program plus the development of a “Back to Eden” community garden would be a great combo
We will need to continually report on web site, newspaper, radio, power point, etc. to keep our community informed.
Forms the perfect laboratory for science and math explorations
Working with living things brings the children into a close relationship with the Creator of all life
Encourages close observation and independent thought
Opportunities will include agriculture, organized care for the school plant, cooking classes, domestic and lifestyle skills
Using daily tasks to teach stewardship
Each student will become familiar with the fundamentals of music - rhythm, notes on the scale, timing, etc.
Opportunity will be given for listening to great music and exploring the composers who wrote it.
Memorization of scripture using music will be emphasized
Areas of Emphasis
Real-world outreach activities and projects: church and community programs
Development of a lifestyle of unselfish service as students develop a relationship with Jesus and learn to communicate His love through their unique giftedness
Building a “Family” atmosphere through cooperative learning, peer-to-peer and cross-age tutoring
School Phone: 773-3120
School e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Web page: www.goldendaleschool.org
Teacher: Carrie Ferguson Cell phone 253-736-4222
School Board Chair: Gary Garvin 773-3674