As your child approaches lower school, you’re most likely thinking about the importance of building on the fundamental content he or she mastered in kindergarten. You’re probably excited to see all of the ways your child will grow as they tackle more challenging lessons and the continued learning of social skills, such as active listening and following the rules. But you also want to be sure your child is in an environment where they are both nurtured and influenced in healthy ways by positive role models.
At Bradford Christian Academy, lower school students enjoy an advanced, developmentally-appropriate curriculum that establishes a solid academic foundation for middle school and beyond. They’re kept engaged through hands-on learning while also supported through individualized attention from dedicated teachers. BCA lower school students are guided through a Christ-centered, biblically-integrated course of study and a community of peers and mentors sharing the same Christian values.
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OUR LOWER SCHOOL
BCA uses an individualized, hands-on learning approach that integrates Christian faith into all aspects of life and learning. As lower school classes are capped at 14 students, experienced teachers can spend time getting to know their students and how they learn best.
At the lower school level, core subject areas are:
Literacy skills are critical as lower school students continue building on academic fundamentals. Language Arts lessons are based on the nationally-recognized Fundations curriculum and include daily instruction in phonics, independent reading, and reading aloud with a focus on comprehension.
Lower school students love working together on science experiments and STEM building challenges. Content is mastered through lots of hands-on activities, such as games and projects like incubating and hatching chickens each spring.
iPads and laptops help support everything from content mastery to differentiated instruction. Whether a student needs extra math practice or is listening to an audiobook, supervised technology use provides enrichment and assistance.
The lower school core curriculum is complemented by Spanish (instruction begins in kindergarten at BCA), art, music, theater, and physical education. Students enjoy two recesses every day on our playground or in the gym on rainy days.
Through biblical integration across the curriculum, BCA lower school students learn to value themselves and others as uniquely made and loved children of God. They learn from their teachers to model Christian values, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and self-control. Annual service projects — writing letters to active-duty military or running a can drive to provide for the hungry — help instill the importance of caring for others.
Lower school students can participate in a variety of after school activities, including music lessons, theater, soccer shots, and BCA’s Homework Club, which is available Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
I’ve found that BCA does a great job at providing a good foundation for learning. Our children have developed the desire to learn all while leaning on Christian beliefs.
– BCA Parent
Meet Our Lower School Teachers
Degree: B.A. Communication
Teaching Experience: 7 years
“I love when a student who has been trying and trying and trying finally has their breakthrough moment and their smile says, ‘I can do this!’”
Degree: B.A. Elementary Education
Teaching Experience: 25 years
“My favorite thing is teaching children to read and to love learning. It is who I am and what I am called to do.”
Degree: B.S. in Elementary Education and Sociology
Teaching Experience: 26 years
“My favorite thing is teaching children to read and to love learning. It is who I am and what I am called to “My favorite thing about teaching is inspiring students to get excited about learning.”
Degree: B.A. in Theology and Elementary Education, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Mathematics
Teaching Experience: 13 years
“My favorite thing about teaching is when students understand a concept, and gain self confidence in their learning.”
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