When choosing our curriculum, which is a combination of secular and Christian publications, we look for high-quality curriculum that will offer opportunity for academic excellence without compromising our beliefs, as is the mission and vision of our school. LCA evaluates all curriculum areas on a review cycle which assures that our textbooks and curriculum materials are continuously updated. Changes to the curriculum vary from year to year as we strive to offer the best academic education possible.
Bible instruction provides an opportunity for students to formally study Scripture and to make application of the Word to their lives. It is our desire for students to grow in the knowledge of God and to understand what God requires of each of His children. Bible instruction begins in Preschool and continues through grade 12.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten:
We at Lehigh Christian Academy believe that a solid educational foundation is needed for future academic success. The education of the majority of our students begins with their experiences in Pre-K or Kindergarten. Our early childhood program emphasizes the need for students to grow in all areas: spiritual, academic, social-emotional, creative, and physical. Activities are age-appropriate and designed to foster a love of learning. Curriculum areas include Bible, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as the development of motor and social skills. In addition, students begin classes in physical education, computer, library, Spanish, music, and art.
In grades 1-5, our students are in a traditional self-contained classroom setting. Bible is taught daily and integrated into all subject areas. Instruction in these grades emphasizes the importance of gaining and maintaining skills in language arts and math. Language arts instruction consists of learning to read, write, listen, and speak effectively. The purpose of language arts is to glorify God through good communication. Through the development of these skills, students can receive God’s Word through reading, convey God’s truth through writing, and effectively communicate God’s truth to their society through effective speaking. Math instruction points students to the orderliness, balance, and precision with which God, the Creator, has designed the universe. The laws and principles of mathematics are another aspect of God’s truth. Math instruction includes the development of computational skills as well as the development of problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills. Social studies, science, and various specialty subjects round out our curriculum. Science is the study of God’s creation and His laws governing it. The purpose of learning science concepts, skills, and content is to develop literacy in this area and increase in the knowledge of God and His creation. The social studies program will help equip students with an understanding of people and their cultures. The social studies program reveals God’s providence in all of history and includes the study of anthropology, sociology, economics, government, geography, civics, and current events. Students participate in a wide variety of learning experiences that help them develop into well-balanced learners. The teacher strives to provide activities that will actively involve students in the learning process.
LCA’s middle school consists of grades 6-8. Classes are conducted in a semi-departmentalized fashion. Students have multiple teachers throughout the school day. The characteristics of middle school students are understood, and the instruction and activities strive to help meet these needs. The curriculum areas described in the previous section are continued in the middle school division. The Language arts curriculum emphasizes instruction in process writing, grammar, and the study of various styles of literature. Students in grades 6-8 work on the organization and writing of a research paper. Math skills are honed and students in grade 7 begin a pre-algebra course. Students in grade 8 are placed in a second level pre-algebra program or receive instruction in Algebra I. Science is divided into Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. Social Studies classes center on U.S. History and World Geography. Students continue to be involved in a variety of learning activities that actively engage them.
Classes in our High school are semi-departmentalized. Students will have multiple teachers throughout the day. Students in High School will have to complete their core curriculum courses to earn credits towards their requirements for graduation. High School core curriculum for English consists of English I, English II, English III and English IIII or Honors English IIII, British Literature or American Literature & World Literature. These courses have a strong emphasis on SAT PREP. The Mathematics credits will be earned in Pre- Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus or Practical Mathematics. High School History classes are American History, World History, Geography, Civics and Economics. Science course selections are Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physics and Environmental Science. Students are required to take 2 years of a foreign language as a requirement for graduation. Students can elect to take Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III or Sign Language as well as alternative languages can be taken through online courses. Our Humanities classes are Chorus, Vocal Ensemble, Band, Yearbook, Future Educator, Drama, Fine Arts, Crafts, Masters Class Art, Logic, Photography, Film Analysis and Family & Consumer Science, Personal Finance and Business Management, Automotive. Students are also required to take Physical Education classes and Health.
This special learning center provides an opportunity for students who have special learning needs to be taught effectively in the Christian school setting. Students who have normal mental ability, but are two to three years behind their classmates in language arts and math, are eligible for the Learning Support program. These students divide their time between Learning Support and an adapted curriculum in the regular classroom. The Learning Support classroom also provides remedial instruction for students who are approximately six months behind their class in language arts and math.
Enrichment and Interest Clubs:
In consistency with our academic beliefs and firm position “To provide a quality education that is Christ-centered,” we also offer enrichment programming for our students who have shown gifted characteristics within our accelerated curriculum. We also offer enrichment clubs for all students with special interests in areas such as technology, drama, and art. The students in the enrichment program or clubs are challenged with materials that grow and expand their skills through group work and independent projects.
Students in grades Pre-K-12th receive art instruction, where they can express themselves through a variety of media and techniques. An art education with the Bible as its foundation recognizes God as Master Artist and Original Creator. Students will be exposed to a body of information that will assist them in the development of this creativity and critical thinking. Art relates to and can enhance all academic areas in education. Integration of art strengthens and promotes learning. Student artwork is displayed throughout the school and also at an annual art show.
Music in the Christian school is essential to the whole education of a student. It communicates vertically in praise and worship to God, and horizontally between men, communicating ideas and preserving culture. Skills developed in singing, playing, moving, creating, reading, and listening will allow students to immerse themselves in the music. LCA offers music classes to all grades levels, plus options in Chorus, vocal ensembles, instrument lessons and band for grades 4-12.
Physical Education and Health:
Physical education contributes to the student’s mental, physical, spiritual, and social development. Students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the human body in action. This knowledge is used while developing skills and participating in physical activities that are age-appropriate and that develop the human body. Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, students are taught how to care for and strengthen them. Grades K-12 receive physical education instruction.
Library science instruction includes the organization, use, stewardship, and maintenance of the library. Grades K to 5th receive library instruction once a week. All grades are exposed to literature and learn to locate materials using the computer. Grades 6th -12th use the library for independent research reports and projects.
Computer and Technology:
Technology is powerful, it is everywhere, and it is relied upon heavily in today’s world. The goal of computer class is to help your child learn how to use not just the computer, but any technology effectively and responsibly and to ultimately discover how technology can be used to grow God’s Kingdom. Computer and technology classes are designed to teach age- appropriate skills to your child that will progress from grade to grade. Digital Citizenship is also an integral part of the curriculum as it teaches students to use digital media in a safe, ethical and respectful way.
Spanish language instruction seeks to increase the student’s cognitive skills through the acquisition of another language and to help develop an appreciation and understanding of Spanish -speaking cultures and peoples. Spanish classes focus on spoken and written language through activities that develop vocabulary. The faculty seeks to integrate Spanish into the curriculum, the classroom and life experiences. Students in elementary school will take Spanish class 1-2 times per week, and grades 5-12 will take it four times per week.