Calvary Christian Academy

Curriculum

Calvary Christian Academy’s charter states that students will master the District of Columbia content standards. We have many resources in the classroom to ensure student mastery of these standards, the best of which is our well-trained, energetic, motivated, and results-driven teachers and faculty. Our teachers have been equipped with outstanding curriculum, professional development, and on-going support to ensure all students meet and are pushed to exceed their grade-level standards. Kindergarten through 5th graders focus on Math, Reading, Science, History, Technology, and special programs of their choosing. The 6th grades through 8th graders focus on Math, Reading, Science, History, Technology, student leadership, financial literacy, and a special program of their choosing. Teachers are given the flexibility to adjust their instructional practices and materials to meet the needs of their students. This is a strength of the program and inspires the creativity and critical-thinking required to be a successful teacher with high-achieving students and mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

Special Programs for all Calvary Christian Academy Children :

  • STEM-based field trips scheduled regularly
  • STEM speakers scheduled regularly

Kindergarten

As a Kindergartener at Calvary Christian Academy there are many new and exciting things a student will learn about English language arts, math, science, and social studies! All subjects are approached with center-based learning aligned to the Common Core State Standards, so students have numerous opportunities throughout the year to learn by reading, writing, drawing, and with the use of tactile manipulatives. Students are taught letter sounds, long vowel sounds, and receive comprehensive literacy instruction that builds foundational skills such as concepts of print, sight words recognition. Students begin to read independently and are guided to develop questions about text, explain stories read and heard, as well as question unknown words in text. Student learn to count by 1, 2, 5, 10, and 100. They explore the world by learning about living and non-living things, animals, and weather. Students are introduced to Spanish and music. Every Friday children have “show and tell” with their friends to speak about their new toys and personal experiences. Children also go on two field trips per year to explore various sites.

First Grade

In first grade, students continue to receive direct instruction that builds upon the foundational reading skills introduced in Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarten. They memorize additional sight words, learn more phonics rules, and learn how to read regularly spelled multi-syllable words using known phonics patterns. Students begin to read independently, are taught to retell stories sequentially with details, and begin to write in their daily journals. The 1st graders focus on understanding addition, subtraction and the strategies that accompany them with numbers up to 50. The 1st graders learn about plants, animals, shadows, force and motion, and have their first science project. They create their own scientific experiments and complete projects that require them to research and present to the class. Using the world map key, geographical relationships and physical features are identified. Students begin to understand their role as citizens within the school and community at large. Children also go on two field trips per year to explore various sites.

Second Grade

Calvary Christian Academy’s 2nd graders focus on reading comprehension and writing composition. By this age, students have a strong understanding of print concepts, a large sight word vocabulary and a strong foundation in phonics while using word knowledge to read text more fluently. Although students continue to learn phonics skills, the focus of foundational skills instruction shifts away from phonics to focus on fluency development. Math learning will focus on understanding place value; building operation fluency with addition and subtraction within 100, and understanding and using units of measurement. Science for 2nd graders includes understanding nutrition, soil, and plants. They will have a field trip to explore science and the environment. Students will become more knowledgeable as they learn about the community they belong to and what it takes to sustain it. Each student is required to complete a science project. Children also go on two field trips per year to explore various sites.

Third Grade

In the 3rd-grade students focus much less on phonetic patterns and move on to word parts such as common affixes and Latin root words, and the focus on oral fluency begun in second grade continues to be emphasized. Writers in third grade focus on writing opinion, informative, and narrative pieces making sure to include a clear statement of focus, elaboration of detail, and organized structure. Math will focus on developing an understanding of multiplication, division, fractions and analyzing two-dimensional shapes. Third graders will have a real-life math and science problem to address which will be worked out through the class. Students apply higher level thinking skills when problem-solving and conducting science experiments. They study historical events and geographical locations. Children also go on two field trips per year to explore various sites.

Fourth Grade

In the 4th grade students interpret informational text by explaining how and why scientific and social phenomena happen. They break into groups and select special real-world topics and explain why the issue is a problem and how as a country we can fix the problem. The continue to learn writing techniques, opinion, informative, and narrative and show clear organization skills while writing, develop writing with peers and teachers to publish work, and conduct short research projects. Math focuses on multiplication, division, comparing fractions, performing addition and subtraction with fractions, and understanding that geometric shapes are analyzed and classified based on properties, such as, having parallel or perpendicular sides, specific types of angles and symmetry. Science is taught with small-group instruction for the purpose of conducting inquiry-based learning. Our science labs are designed to promote learning through inquiry and give your child the opportunity to question and explore science at their own pace. Children also go on two field trips per year to explore various sites.

Fifth Grade

The 5th-grade reading foundational skills are utilized to ensure fluent reading on grade level texts and to self-monitor when words are miscued. 5th graders are immersed in vocabulary that is both domain specific and have diverse strategies to learn new words both literally and figuratively. Math focuses on developing fluency with adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators and developing understanding of the multiplication and division of fractions; developing understanding of operations with decimals to the hundredths; and developing understanding of volume. Students add another layer to geometry with the introduction of three-dimensional shapes and volume. Science is taught mainly through small-group instruction for the purpose of conducting inquiry-based learning. Our science labs are designed to promote learning through inquiry and give your child the opportunity to question and explore science at their own pace. Students are introduced to financial literacy, how to budget, how to save, they learn about CDs, money markets, and entrepreneurship. Children also go on two field trips per year to explore various sites.

Sixth Grade

Sixth graders focus on language arts, arithmetic, science, health and history. Students will read classic works by the likes of Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling and Louisa May Alcott, as well as develop their thinking and comprehension skills. Through creative and report writing, students will establish a usage, grammar and mechanics foundation that will be used for the rest of their educational career. Furthermore, students will grow their spelling skills, as well as their oral and written vocabulary as they learn Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and root words. In math, sixth graders will be challenged with learning percentages and more complex arithmetic and word problems. A foundation will be established for them to successfully understand more abstract concepts. Sixth grade science and health will include the study of geology, space, invertebrates and more. Students will learn about fitness and will study the physical, mental and spiritual effects of health concerns such as drug abuse and AIDS. Finally, in history, students will study Canada and Mexico and learn about the history and geography of the people of North and South America.

Seventh Grade

7th graders will expand their knowledge in English, Basic Math, Life Science and World History. Students will read about great pioneers, patriots, athletes, etc. and will study the works of Charles Dickens, O. Henry and Rudyard Kipling. Their thinking skills will be developed through essay questions and discussion. A variety of writing applications will be used to strengthen the students’ grammar, logical thinking and communication skills. Additionally, the seventh graders will expand their vocabulary and improve their spelling skills. Seventh graders will begin work in algebra by learning about polynomials, square roots and simplification of equations. They will also be introduced to basic geometry and trigonometry through practical problem-solving exercises. Students will study God’s order and design through all life, from insects to plants to people. They will gain an understanding of how all of God’s creations work together. In World History, seventh graders will learn about the past from a Christian perspective and plan for the future in light of Christian principles. Students will study Egypt, Rome, Johann Gutenberg, the Industrial Era in American history, and much more.

Eighth Grade

Students are introduced to spoken words and are encouraged to read and write their own poetry and creative writing. Daily journals are kept to on a wide variety of topics to determine what piques the student’s interest in writing. In 8th-grade, science students conduct science projects, research their topics, write reports, and present their finding to their peers. They learn about the Periodic Table and explore atomic and molecular structures building out their own molecules in the classroom. Students explore world geography and modern history with a focus on American history (colonial, the new nation, the civil war, westward expansion). Children also go on two field trips per year to explore various sites and one final class trip.
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  • 806 Rhode Island Avenue

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Calvary Christian Academy provides a private Christian preschool program for students in Washington D.C, Alexandria, Bethesda, Hyattsville, College Park, Annandale, Tysons, and surrounding areas.