Across the United States, educators teach the story of science, math, history, language, even physical education, all through the lens of a postmodern culture. Central Christian School is different.
At each grade level—from 3K through Grade 6—our teachers weave seven curricular touchstones: Biblical Worldview, Backwards Design, Integral Design, Developmental Framework, Standards Based Instruction, Global Studies, and Biblical Story.
Biblical Worldview: Each grade level unit foundation ties directly to Biblical Worldview. At the heart of all instruction is God's story of Creation - Fall - Redemption - Reconciliation - Consummation, from the beginning of time through the present. We look at the Creation Story to see what God intended, how the world has fallen, the impact of Christ's redemptive work, what part in the story we play, and finally, how it will look upon fulfillment. Only after this framework is in place for all content do we plan instruction that is both integral and integrated in nature.
Backwards Design: We always begin with the end in mind. What is it that we want students to know, understand, and do? It is from this question that Enduring Truths are born. Enduring Truths at CCS are defined as Biblical truth in everyday reality. These Enduring Truths are the foundation of each unit, and Essential Questions are the means to uncover these truths. When we teach fourth graders about the American Revolution, we help students understand it as conflict resolution. As third graders uncover the beauty of the rainforest, we see it as an example of God's intricate creativity and His love for diversity.
Life is not fractured into separate disciplines, but instead draws upon all disciplines as we engage with society. CCS curriculum simulates the complexity of real life. Unit themes are studied holistically, rather than broken down into isolate subjects (see Curriculum Maps
). Content connects through authentic literature, writing, Socratic style discussions, and project-based learning. Through this interconnected and discovery-based curricular model, students explore, analyze, and acquire the skills, knowledge and disposition necessary to become lifelong learners. They learn to think critically and engage in real-world problem-solving. Because our Integral Curriculum begins with Enduring Truths, which begin with Biblical Worldview, our students leave equipped to apply classroom learning to complex realities, including social and moral aspects, and confidently make decisions grounded in their identity in Christ.
Developmental Framework: We ensure students make connections with meaningful experiences at developmentally appropriate levels. For example, students relate to family before they're able to understand more complex social structures such as government.
Standards Based Instruction: Standards based on the latest research and best practices are key to instruction at Central Christian School. Standards cover all academic areas, including Math, Literacy, Science, Social Studies, Bible, and specialty areas of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Spanish, Physical Education, and Media Literacy. They encompass both grade-level based skills and application standards that require higher level critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication.
Global Studies: One of our primary goals is to orient young minds to our global culture. Throughout their studies at CCS, students will examine cultures throughout history and the world, from Mexico to the Artctic to Ancient Egypt and more. Cultural studies encompass major pillars of culture, including beliefs, values, traditions, family structures, educational systems, government, economics, etc. Through reading, discussion, and reflection, students evaluate how cultures are dynamic and change over time. They consider their place in our culture and the larger, globally connected world.
Biblical Story: This term means that Biblical integration is evident in all subjects. For example, as sixth graders research Ancient Greece and Rome, they study the Apostle Paul's missionary journeys. Or, when studying examples of heroes and helpers in our world, second graders look at Biblical heroes such as Noah, Abraham, and Christ our Lord.
All of these touchstones work in conjunction with one another to equip our students to articulate God's truth and engage with God's kingdom, impacting it accordingly for His glory.