Curriculum Overview

Grammar School is a time of wonder and excitement as our teachers strive to develop in students a deep love of learning. The curricular emphasis during these years is on learning basic facts and figures during a time when children love to memorize—and when they are best at doing so.

While Biblical integration must be part of a Christian school’s curriculum, our objective is for this to be transmitted by our instructors, who daily model their love of God and impart this naturally through their subject matter. The truest Biblical integration must permeate student’s lives; it must be integrated into the very heart, soul, and mind of students - a work which only God can truly do. Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” As students study God’s Word, they must be taught to see God’s standard of truth as a portal for all events: past, present, and future. By challenging students to look at everything through a Biblical lens, Biblical integration is not simply part of the curriculum, it is actually a model for living in the presence of God.

 

When choosing a textbook, Adolesco Prep’s goal is to put the very best resource into our students’ hands. When a Christian textbook meets the highest academic standards, it is our preference to select it. However, if a secular textbook better meets the rigorous content requirements of a specific course, it may be utilized. A textbook is a tool in teaching a specific course, and it does not make up the entirety of the course. Our instructors will have knowledge and expertise that is critical to the success of curriculum development and instruction. During the construction or revision of a course, instructors will spend time researching and integrating the Biblical worldview. Students are challenged and equipped to think Biblically and critically throughout every academic discipline.

 

Adolesco Preparatory Academy is a private school and is not affiliated with a specific denomination. Our students represent many different denominational backgrounds. This often leads to interesting and passionate discussions in the classroom about topics on which fully-committed, Spirit-led Christians may earnestly disagree. These conversations are part of the richness of an Adolesco Prep education, as they are started at school and drive students toward their parents and pastors for deeper understanding and conviction.

**Please be advised, we will be adding new curriculum choices to each subject as decisions are finalized.

 

 

Bible:

 

Through the sequential study of God’s Word, students develop an understanding of the overarching metanarrative of Scripture, basic theological concepts and major biblical themes, the attributes and characteristics of God, and the plan of salvation.

 

Our choice for Bible curricula includes:

  • Coram Deo Academy Bible Curriculum for the University-Model® School, in the tradition of Charlotte Mason

  • Biblioplan

Language Arts:

 

Our language arts program integrates reading, composition, spelling, and speaking in a meaningful way via a multi-sensory approach that combines all of the senses necessary for these activities as links to the brain. For example, reading by itself is primarily a visual task; by teaching writing, a kinesthetic task, and spelling, an auditory task, all of these links to the brain are stimulated and utilized. This multi-sensory approach offers the best environment for all learners.

 

Students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade are daily immersed in the reading of quality literature at a level appropriate for each individual student. In this rich setting, students progress at their own pace with remarkable results.  Students also benefit greatly from exposure to the classics through “read aloud” by teachers and parents.


The rules of grammar are taught and then integrated into writing as early as possible. Students learn to compose by mimicking the writing of good authors as they are mentored by their professional teachers in the art of drafting, revising, and publishing pieces.

 

Our choice of Language Arts curricula includes:

  • Abeka

  • The Logic of English

  • First Language Lessons

  • Writing with Ease

  • Institute for Excellence in Writing

  • Rod & Staff

 

Math:

 

The first years of math lay the foundation for the high-level abstract thinking required by algebra, trigonometry, and calculus that will be encountered in upper grades. In grammar school, the framework for this higher-level thinking is built through input and spiraled review of math facts and concepts. Once our students master a concept on a concrete level, the student will progress to mental arithmetic requiring abstract thinking.

 

We believe that the memorization of math facts—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—is essential in building a strong foundation and expect this of each student. However, the study of mathematics is more than simply committing to memory a list of facts. It includes memorization, but it also encompasses learning the underlying concepts that are critical to problem-solving. Our ultimate goal for math at Adolesco Prep is to produce students who understand mathematical concepts, are able to apply this knowledge in real-life applications, and enjoy the study of math.

 

Our choice for Math curricula and resources includes:

  • Abeka

  • Saxon Math  

History:

At Adolesco Prep, World History is studied chronologically from ancient to modern times and follows a four-year rotational cycle, in which the student repeats a historical era, but studies it in a manner that corresponds to his/her age and stage of development.  This enables students to develop a thorough understanding of the context of historical events.  For example, the history/geography cycle begins with a study of the “Ancients” in first grade and then continues through Medieval-early Renaissance, Late Renaissance-early Modern, and Modern over each of the next three years. The first cycle occurs in the lower stage of grammar where the focus is on memorization and knowledge of facts. The cycle begins again in fifth grade and again in ninth grade.

 

In the grammar stage of history, students are briefly introduced to each period of history with attention given to names, dates, and places through fun memorization tactics. In the logic and rhetoric stages, the student repeats the four-year cycle of the grammar years but now begins seeking to find connections between events by using tools like timelines, outlines, and original sources to examine the motives of leaders, relationships between cultures, and the application of morals to human action. Art, music, and geography are coordinated with history so that the student learns about social and cultural developments and how they affected other aspects of the world.

 

Our choice of History curricula and resources includes:

  • Biblioplan

  • A variety of books relating to specific areas of study

 

Science:

 

The study of the Sciences follows a roughly corresponding cycle to the historical periods. When students are studying the ancients, they learn about things that the ancients could see—animal life, the human body, and plants. They make collections, take nature walks, and grow plants. Students collect facts about the earth and sky, a study designed to go along with the medieval-early Renaissance period when Copernicus observed the heavens. They work on basic chemistry as their history reading spans the period from 1600 to 1850, the years when the first great chemists lived.  And basic physics is introduced as the students study modern times.

 

The grammar-stage science is a time of discovery leading the student to the logic and rhetoric stages in the middle and high school years when the young scientist digs below the surface of the discoveries made in the earlier grades. As students repeat through the cycle of biology, earth/astronomy, chemistry, and physics again, they begin to think more critically about science and begin to practice the scientific method themselves through experimentation. They make connections among the branches of science, between science and history, between the scientific method and the rules of logic.  Once in the upper grades, the rhetoric student will once again pass through a similar cycle as she/he studies the principles and laws of each science.  Following this plan, they will finish high school with a firm grasp of foundational scientific ideas.

 

Our choice for Science curricula and resources includes:

  • Berean Builders: Science in the Beginning and Science in the Ancients

 

Latin:

 

With the foundation of any language being its vocabulary, we seek to expose students to a variety of words as they begin the study of Latin.  Students gain this exposure through the use of songs and chants.

 

Our choice for Latin curricula includes:

  • Memoria Press: Latina Christiana

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