A Foundation For Life
The Lower School at Bradford Christian Academy is comprised of Kindergarten–6th grade. To learn more about our Kindergarten program, please click here.
tudents in 1st through 4th grade acquire the building blocks of literacy through listening, speaking, reading and writing. They develop an understanding of numerical patterns and relationships with hands-on experiences. Students connect with the living and physical world by applying the scientific method and observation to scientific concepts and with the local and global community through history, geography, and world language studies. Students’ imagination and physical development are nurtured through art, music, theater, and athletics. Woven throughout our program is the opportunity to connect all of life’s experiences to a deeper understanding of God and his love for all people and his creation.
Our commitment to an individualized approach with each child makes it possible for advanced students to progress and widen their skills and for struggling students to receive individual support within the same small group setting. In addition, our small class size makes it possible for teachers to engage in community-building exercises throughout the year that highlight each child’s individual worth and strengths. Teachers create a classroom environment that is cooperative, one in which students are taught to celebrate one another’s achievements.
5th & 6th Grade
s students move through 5th and 6th grade, they encounter many emotional and physical changes that often substantially impact academics. Bradford Christian Academy’s 5th and 6th grade program is designed to challenge, nurture, and support students through these complicated years. BCA’s program prepares students for the more independent studies required as they move up in grade level by forming good study and organizational skills. Our focus is on the whole person. We help students build a deepening Christian commitment, good study habits, positive character traits, and wholesome relationships with peers and adults.
Students spend their mornings in academic studies in math, science, social studies, language arts, world language, and Bible. The curriculum emphasizes continued foundational learning, such as the mechanics of language, spelling, vocabulary, and writing skills, computation and problem solving, and creative expression. Enrichment classes in art, instrumental music, chorus, research and technology, and physical education take place during the afternoon. Teachers engage each student in meaningful dialogue about course material and supply hands-on learning projects, implement science experiments, and assign pertinent integrated computer applications.
Because students need support from the adults in their lives, BCA teachers work as a team, communicating regularly among themselves about each student’s progress and needs in each subject area. Teachers are student-centered, interested in all aspects of our students’ lives, not only their academic performance. BCA teachers communicate with parents regularly to ensure that parents are satisfied with student progress. BCA uses a student information management system, called Veracross, to enhance communication between school and home. Parents can log in and retrieve their children’s homework assignments, track their grades, note after school activities, or email questions and concerns to the teachers.