K-12 curriculum & Methods
"The mission of Ambassador Christian Academy exists to provide a classical education based upon and dedicated to a Christ-centered ethos that inspires students, faculty, and staff to know, love and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful, and challenges them to strive for excellence as they live in the service of God and man for life and for eternity."
With this focus, academic programs are rigorous and challenging, preparing students to think, reason, and evaluate as they experience learning across all subject areas that are integrated with the truth of the Word of God.
The kindergarten program strives to meet the developmental, emotional, social, academic and spiritual needs of the students. The emotional needs of the students are met by providing a structured and nurturing environment where each child is cared for as one of God's precious children.
A hands-on approach gives students the opportunity to learn through exploration. Developmentally appropriate activities help children improve their fine and gross motor skills.
Students learn to cooperate with others, share, follow rules, and become increasingly independent through playing games, and participating in learning centers and imaginary play.
The Bible curriculum teaches children about God through thematic units such as "God Helps Me" and "God is My Friend". Weekly scripture memorization helps children keep God's Word in their hearts.
A full academic program includes language arts, math, science, and social studies.
The language arts is strongly phonics based and children will be blending sounds together to read words and sentences by mid year. By the end of the school year, most of the students are able to read small books.
In Math, students learn to identify and write numbers to 100, and count by 1′s, 5′s, and 10′s. They learn to identify and understand the value of coins to a quarter, tell time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour, add and subtract to ten, read number words, make comparisons, make and read graphs, explore patterns, fractions, and measurement.
Science and history are taught in thematic units.
Art , music, and Spanish instruction are also integral parts of Kindergarten learning.
Educational field trips to farms, plays, and the aquarium are part of the learning experience.
GRADES 1- 3
Academic excellence is highly valued as ACA strives to serve God, by giving our best to the children in our care.
As a Christian school, the teaching of the Bible is foundational to the education of children of all ability levels. Christian values are taught and integrated through many disciplines. Students explore God's gifts, the heroes of the faith, Jesus' ministry as well as character traits. Students are encouraged to further integrate biblical values and teachings through weekly chapel speakers and presentations. A Christian world view is thoroughly integrated into a creative curriculum. Various genres are used to teach reading, spelling, writing skills, and literature appreciation.
Recognizing that God is the God of creation and that He made the world, students explore the world around them; animals, plant life, and the human body.
Students focus on map skills, special holidays, patriotic songs, westward expansion, and historical events and biographies. Students are taught research skills, project creation, and presentation through the annual Festival of Excellence.
Music, Latin, Spanish, physical education, art, and technology are included in the weekly schedule. Field trips to farms, plays, museums, and historic sites provide experiences to further enhance learning.
The fourth and fifth-grade program focus on developing the students' ability to comprehend, reason, and evaluate within a biblical framework, building upon their increased ability to think on an abstract level. Further, focus is on improving the students' ability to function independently, as well as within cooperative groups.
The school uses a blend of Christian and secular teaching materials, incorporating a biblical world view in all subjects. These subjects are taught in a variety of ways, including whole group, small group, and individualized instruction.
The use of hands-on activities, projects, and other methods address various learning styles and student needs.
Specific time is devoted to the study of the Bible and committing to memory purposeful Scripture verses. Specific areas of study include the use of Bible study tools, basic Bible doctrine, and Old Testament survey with an emphasis on key personalities.
Math skills covered in these grades include increasingly complex addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students also become familiar with fractions, decimals, units of measurement, introductory algebra concepts, and word problems.
History and Literature are integrated as students read novels that take place during the same time period of history that they are studying.
In language arts, the program focuses on grammar, and writing, cultivating students who can creatively and correctly compose their thoughts and ideas. Vocabulary and comprehension skills are mastered through the use of classic novels from various genres of literature. Critical thinking and literature appreciation are cultivated as students read and analyze classical literature.
Research and writing skills are gained as students are taught the process of collecting information and writing a research paper. The annual Festival of Excellence culminates months of research collection and writing as the students showcase projects and reports on a topic of their choice from the time period of history being studied.
Hands-on, project-based science activities focus on the study of various topics from the animal kingdom to different branches of earth and space science, and to the physical science topics of light and energy.
Study of the history of the world continues with the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration and Early America
MIDDLE SCHOOL: GRADES 6 - 8
Ambassador Christian Academy's Middle School recognizes the unique needs of early adolescents and aims to tailor a program to the needs of these students. In the middle school setting, students are introduced to changing classes during the school day, maintaining lockers, and learning to interact with the other middle school grade levels. Our middle school, though individual in academic programs, has many unifying and cross-grade activities.
Teachers and staff provide Godly guidance while allowing middle school students privileges such as morning announcements, participating in sports programs, preparing the school yearbook, and serving on student council and the worship team.
Students are also challenged in mathematics using concepts from algebra and geometry in all middle school levels. Greater challenges come at the 8th-grade level when students move into the Algebra I course.
Students participate in a regional Math Olympics in which they reason and compute equations and problems as they compete against other schools.
Teachers and parents work together to bring students to their highest level of achievement in each subject area, spiritual maturity and emotional maturity in a unique setting that enriches the relationship between home, church, and school.
Students are challenged to think and reason at more advanced levels, incorporating questioning and dialogue to challenge their opinions and beliefs, in an effort to develop their own Biblical world view.
HIGH SCHOOL: 9-12TH GRADES
Ambassador Christian Academy High School offers a classical, college preparatory program and prepares students for successful, faithful lives. Our goal is to provide a challenging educational experience, by addressing each student's individual needs.
Classical Education incorporates critical thinking skills through factual comparisons along with Socratic questioning and memorization. The curriculum includes the following:
- Astronomy (Earth Sciences)
- Music/Fine Arts
The Ambassador difference goes beyond providing just strong academics.
We also strive to produce students who will thrive as productive Christian citizens and leaders. Students are challenged intellectually through rigorous academic classes and a biblical world view perspective.
Additionally, the whole student is taught by way of after-school clubs and activities, servant leadership projects in the community, and a yearly professional drama production.