At GHCA, we offer elementary students a solid academic foundation in a safe, structured but nurturing environment where Christ is at the center. The day begins with Bible and prayer, and our Christian philosophy of education is woven throughout the program the rest of the day. Students learn about the creation—and also about the Creator! They are trained at an early age to recognize God’s hand throughout the world he has made.
The elementary curriculum focuses on mastery of basic skills in math, reading (phonics and whole language approaches are used) and language arts (including writing, spelling, and penmanship) and a broad knowledge in science and history. Enhancing the curriculum are computer skills, physical education, and music. All subjects are taught from a biblical perspective by certified, caring Christian teachers using developmentally appropriate instruction. Our dual accreditation with both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International verifies our program quality.
Grades are combined in pairs (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5) with one teacher responsible for the core academic areas in each self-contained classroom.
Grades 2–6 are now using a computer technology literacy curriculum which integrates technology into math, science, language arts and social studies. This improves student learning outcomes in core curriculum subjects while it provides students with the skills they need for success in the 21st Century.
Students enjoy other “specials” teachers for subjects such as gym and music. The Christmas Concert and Spring Concert are always well-attended and give elementary students opportunities to share with their families and community the music they have been learning. Elementary students visit the public library regularly which provides some useful resources.