- We believe that the Word of God is the foundation for learning and understanding.
- We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The world belongs to God.
- We believe that faith and learning cannot be separated, but are uniquely integrated.
- We believe that the home/school/church form a partnership through which children, who are image bearers of God, are nurtured. The primary function of the school is to educate.
- Our curriculum is teacher directed rather than textbook/workbook directed. Our teachers are committed Christians and well-trained, professional educators. They are entrusted with the curriculum and are responsible to teach and present material from a Christ-centered perspective, even when using secular materials. We use whatever materials best fit our curriculum and are of the highest quality and research base. This currently leads us to incorporate a blend of Christian and secular materials, though Christian materials are given preference whenever possible.
All classes have several iPads as well as networked desktops or chromebooks available for class use. Classes use the laptops in the computer lab at least one time per week. 24/7 internet access is available in all classrooms, computer lab and in the library. Access is carefully filtered and monitored. Intro to computer begins at the K level, hand position keyboarding begins in 2nd grade, and by 4-5 grades, students learn desktop publishing and basic multimedia presentation skills.
Spanish is taught as an enrichment class in our elementary and middle school programs Young 5’s through 8th grade. The classes meet twice a week for 30-45 minutes a class. Total physical response to storytelling is used in the classroom, which follows the Hola Niños curriculum.
The Spanish Immersion program was added as an option to build fluency by fifth grade in the second target-language of Spanish. This program begins in preschool, kindergarten, or first grade and continues on through middle school completely immersing students in a Spanish environment through an authentic academic setting. For more information on the Spanish Immersion program at Kalamazoo Christian contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A building resource room program provides alternative instruction and academic support for students who have learning differences or are behind. Reading is the primary target of resource room support. Other special needs support services are provided through Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). Federal Title I program support for students who live in KPS district is available in-building. Students testing two or more grade levels behind in any area qualify for support. Building aides (and some volunteers) are used extensively for tutor support. Due to funding limitations Kalamazoo Christian Schools do not offer a special education program.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is administered in the fall and spring of each school year in grades 2-8. This test is a state-aligned computerized adaptive test that accurately reflects the instructional level of each student and measures growth over time. The test:
- Identifies the skills and concepts individual students have learned.
- Diagnoses instructional needs.
- Monitors academic growth over time.
- Makes data-driven decisions at the classroom, school, and district levels.