Our Lower School serves students in grades JK-4. SouthLake Christian Academy (SLCA) introduce curious and creative young minds to active learning. Experienced teachers nurture a safe, joyous learning environment where students make discoveries about themselves, their friends, and the world around them.
Students participate in weekly chapels. There is a session for Junior Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and another session for 3rd through 6th grade students, which allows the Biblical principles to be taught in an age-appropriate way. The Gospel Project is our guiding curriculum, and students take a four year cycle through the entire Bible, focusing on the over-arching story of God’s plan for us in the Bible.
Students participate in one 30-45 minute class each day. They rotate through five different specials classes: PE, Art, Library, Music, and STEM. These classes allow students to explore their interests and talents as well as build problem solving and critical thinking skills in a fun way.
First through fourth grade students have a 30 minute technology enrichment time once a week. Skills build each year as students develop skills in navigating a laptop computer. They also learn to use Google Classroom and some of the Google Suite programs (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)
Our classes use the Deep Roots Bible program to guide instruction. This curriculum guides students to view all of life through a Biblical perspective and teaches them to apply their faith to their everyday life.
We have adopted the Big Ideas Math program for our students. This program builds a foundation of number sense and problem solving skills that allow students to develop a deep understanding of mathematical principles.
The Into Reading curriculum guides instruction for our students. Students build a love of reading through a variety of text topics and genres. They gain knowledge of different topics and vocabulary and learn many comprehension strategies through whole group and small group instruction.
Our students use the Institute for Excellence in Writing (or IEW) program for writing instruction. They learn to summarize information as well as a variety of “dress-ups” to improve their writing skills.
The lower school utilizes the Mystery Science program, which challenges students to use their natural curiosity to think critically about the world around them. Topics are taught through lesson videos and reinforced with hands-on experiments and activities.
Our classrooms teach social studies topics through a variety of thematic units. Some of the topics covered over the years include communities, early American history, map skills, government, and regions of the United States.
Lower school students celebrating the 100th day of school.