Spokane Christian Academy Academics

Educational Philosophy

Our philosophy is founded on dedication to five principles in action which set Christian education apart from secular education. We stand united in:

1)    Recognizing truth as an absolute standard defined by the person of God Himself and communicated to us through the Bible.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8

2)    Integrating God’s truth into all learning opportunities whether spiritual, mental, physical, or social/emotional.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.” 3 John 4

3)    Selecting Christian educators who are called, appointed and anointed unto servant leadership.

“A student should be satisfied to become like his teacher.”  Matthew 10:25a

4)    Dedicating our efforts to developing the unique potential in Christ of each student, parent and staff member.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9

5)    Creating educational policies and operational practices based on Biblical principles.

“Let everything be done decently and in order.” I Corinthians 14:40

Learning Objectives

 Graduates of Spokane Christian Academy will be:

Spiritually: Individuals who…

  • Know and understand the plan of salvation and are able to effectively communicate it.
  • Know who they are in Christ.
  • Know the Bible and use God’s Word in everyday life situations.
  • Model character that demonstrates Christ-like attitudes and traits.
  • Display a spiritual hunger, causing them to “seek first” God’s kingdom.
  • Speak the Word of God effectively and lovingly over others and themselves.
  • Are hearers & doers of God’s Word.
  • Know that God has a plan and purpose for their lives.
  • Identify how God moves in their lives & the lives of others.

Socially/Emotionally: Productive citizens who…

  • Demonstrate respect for God, authority, peers, community, and self.
  • Impact the world for Jesus Christ by using their God given gifts and talents.
  • Demonstrate the characteristics of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (Love: endures long, is patient and kind, does not envy or given into jealousy, is not boastful, haughty or conceited, is not rude or act unbecomingly, is not self-seeking, touchy, fretful or resentful, pays no attention to a suffered wrong, rejoices when right and truth prevail, bears up under anything, is ready to believe the best of every person, is every hopeful, endures everything without weakening, never fades out).
  • Accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions and understand that their actions impact other people.
  • Are proactive in seeking positive solutions to personal problems.
  • Work collaboratively & cooperatively in groups.
  • Demonstrate leadership by reaching their God-given potential in Christ
  • Cultivate life-long relationships with peers and adults.

Academically: life-long learners who…

  • Are accountable, dependable, and self motivated students.
  • Read, write, listen, speak, and demonstrate appropriate language and communication skills in academic and social situations.
  • Develop a greater appreciation for God’s creation through balanced study of sciences, mathematical processes, and problem solving techniques.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge meeting or exceeding required academic standards.

Physically: stewards who…

  • Have a working knowledge of how to take care of their bodies through nutrition and exercise.
  • Apply themselves to healthy regimens that maintain and improve their physical abilities.
  • Embrace competitive interactions while displaying sportsmanship and camaraderie.
  • Avoid excesses that would damage the “temple of the Holy Spirit” (I Cor. 6:19-20).
  • Know conventional hygiene and safety practices that protect their bodies.

Enrichment Activities

Praise & Worship:

Most things we do on this earth will not continue once we reach heaven, but praise & worship will always remain.

At SCA we are privileged to start each day with corporate worship, prayer, flag salute and circle time. Using student leadership, we practice exuberance and reverence as we invite God into our school day.

Music:

We believe music is a gift from God and the appreciation of music begins at a very young age. Educational concepts are often taught through music and the repetition of words to music promotes memorization skills. Music also provides creative expression to the goodness of God.

Each of our classes enjoys two 30 minute classes of music instruction each week. Students are taught basic music theory and vocal music. These class sessions produce songs for Grandparents Lunch, Veterans Day Celebration, Christmas Musical and Spring Showcase.

Physical Education:

We believe physical education plays an important role in providing a balanced education for each student. Our physical education teaches and promotes the foundation for healthy living.

Each of our classes participates in  a minimum of two 30 minutes classes of PE each week. Students are taught basic sports rules and participate in simple physical fitness activities. Each spring our students participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. http://www.presidentschallenge.org/educators/program_details.aspx

Class Sizes

Class sizes are kept small to allow teachers to meet and develop the unique interests of each child, and to enable teachers to attend to individual learning styles and needs. We strive to provide a high quality Christian academic experience in an enriched environment that fosters intellectual, social, physical, emotional and spiritual development.

Class                                                 Maximum Class Size

Kindergarten – Fourth Grade                    15

Fifth – Eighth Grade                                   20

Combo classes are used to accommodate the best use of our facility and staff. Math & Reading levels are assessed within each class and students are placed in units appropriate to their individual progress and needs.