The core of a strong academic foundation is the love for learning. CSCL teachers, assistants, and volunteers have been trained in multisensory methods of teaching students to read. Small group instruction in phonics is centered around student ability. Teachers assess students throughout the year to monitor progress in reading fluency. CSCL uses the Accelerated Reader program to monitor the development of reading comprehension as well as to instill a love for reading. CSCL values creativity. With this in mind, teachers use a variety of sources for written instruction, which begins with the foundation of good sentence writing. Students progress toward creative and expository writing.
Hands on activities and engaged learning are undamental to the understanding mathematics. CSCL uses the Singapore math program, which builds the students understanding from a concrete model, through a pictorial representation, to the abstract number sentence. Engaged learning happens when students are having fun. Our math program incorporates games to introduce and solidify concepts and master fact fluency.
A unique approach has been developed for science, history and elective classes. Teachers instruct in their field of expertise and passion and students rotate to them. Science is a hands-on, standards-based, investigation of the world that God created. History instruction is centered around The Story of the World and regularly incorporates hands on projects. Field trips play an important part in the learning process. Just some of these trips include attending the theatre, exploring science museums and visiting historical sites in the Southeast.
In Bible, the emphasis is on sowing the Word in the anointing of the Holy Spirit, to bring students into a personal relationship with Jesus. Our basic approach is to see all of the scriptures as a whole prophesying that Jesus is the Redeemer, Savior, and Lord. The focus of our weekly chapel is on spiritual disciplines including worship, forgiveness and thankfulness. Our goal is for the students to know their identity in Christ, how to hear His voice and how to flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.