Cityhill christian school

Mission statement: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Philosophy of Education

At City Hill Christian School, we believe that God has uniquely created each child. Therefore the educational process has to be tailored to meet the needs of each student. Our core curriculum is based on seven foundational principles: Individualized Learning, Integration of Biblical Principles, Godly Character Training (A.C.E. characters, 90-character traits of Christ), Mastery-Based Learning, Built-In Reinforced System of Learning, Development of Critical Thinking Skills, and Socialization. In our school, each student learns essential academics and explores God's truths and His world without being pressured to keep up with a group. For over 20 years, our school has been successfully equipping and preparing students to continue their education in colleges and universities
and stay true to their Biblical beliefs despite the unique challenges of modern society that they face every day.

Partnering with Parents

City Hill Christian school promotes a culture of teamwork and parent involvement that creates a school climate where students can achieve their best. It begins with the enrollment process when families meet with the principal to discuss the program and their child’s strengths, interests, and learning style. Continued family orientation and involvement opportunities are ongoing. Showcase events throughout the year, constant teacher-parent communication via messaging, phone calls, emails, newsletters, and active classroom volunteering keep the school-home connection active to maximize student learning.

Classroom

Our school provides a dynamic classroom environment that inspires our students toward academic excellence. From 1 st grade, our students are taught to embrace their learning through a systematic program that includes daily goal setting, progress tracking, test score analysis, and reflections on study/behavior habits. Teachers implement various tools to expand learning through technology, one-on-one, small group instruction, daily goal checking, reading, and Math building programs. The academic program is complemented by a wide variety of specialist classes such as; physical education, foreign language classes, arts and crafts, sewing club, culinary class, sports, and computer literacy.

Spiritual Development 

Our Bible-based program teaches that each child is unique and created for a particular, essential purpose in life, and Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do. We teach that each student has influence and impact to lead in faith, character, and ethics. We help students develop godly character and leadership skills through daily Bible reading, weekly chapel, bible passage memorization, character quality study, service projects, school staff guidance, and holiday celebrations. We partner with families to train children to think, speak, write, and act as Christians possessing high moral values and displaying love towards all people.

Academics

City Hill Christian School uses the A.C.E. Core curriculum that provides students with academics, skill-building, reading practice, character and wisdom training, and knowledge of God and His Word. This complete package begins with reading development and progresses through high school, giving students a solid foundation for pursuing their life goals. A.C.E. stands out from other curriculums with its individualized, self-instructional, mastery-based approach. With minimal assistance, PACEs allow students to absorb subject material according to their learning ability rather than being pushed forward or held back by their age. For instance, a student placed in the fifth grade by a conventional school may be taking PACEs in Level 4 math, Level 5 science, and Level 5 English in the A.C.E. program. Students may move ahead in some subject areas and proceed at a slower pace in others. More skilled students may progress faster or accelerate in the areas of their academic strengths. Slower students are encouraged to do their best but can work at their proficiency levels and proceed as they are capable.
For students who transfer to our school in elementary or higher grades, the educational process begins with taking a diagnostic test. Test results help teachers to identify academic weaknesses and prescribe a path to help students catch up. After the plan is in place, the student begins working on PACEs.
(PACE) Packet of Accelerated Christian Education.
Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) has taken the conventional style textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable worktexts called PACEs. Each PACE is similar to a unit in a textbook.
  • Students begin their PACE work by noting their goals, the concepts they will learn, a Bible verse, and a corresponding character trait. From the beginning of each PACE, they know what is expected and assume responsibility for their learning!
  • Throughout the curriculum, the introduction of new vocabulary words is computer controlled so that no new vocabulary word is used without the student first learning its meaning and pronunciation. Also, these words are repeated to ensure mastery.
  • Explanations and illustrations add excitement to each lesson, and innovative learning activities reinforce the text material.
  • Each PACE contains several Checkups, which are quizzes covering a section of the PACE. If mastery in an area is not achieved, the Checkup will reveal that weak area. Students can then take the time necessary to review and learn those concepts before proceeding to the next section.
  • Upon completion of the activities and Checkups, students prepare to take the Self- Test. Here students evaluate themselves, and a supervisor/tutor determines readiness for the final PACE Test. When the Self- Test is successfully completed, the student turns in the PACE and takes the PACE Test the next school morning. The PACE Test objectively measures student mastery of the material. 
Each level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. PACEs integrate Godly character-building lessons into the academic content, and self-instructional activities are carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning. Most students complete at least 70 PACEs per year while maintaining intellectual balance by completing the same number of PACEs in each assigned subject.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Equal educational opportunities shall be available for all students, without regard to
race, national origin, gender, ethnicity, religion or disability. All students may participate in all
education programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, primary spoken
language, religion, age, or disabling condition. These include, but are not limited to, core
academic courses, health and physical education, music and art, and other elective courses and
programs

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