Lower School Curriculum
The Curriculum of Williamsburg Christian Academy encompasses our school culture and instructional philosophy. It provides students with experiences and skills that prepare them to be informed, inquisitive and empowered members of society. Students will become perpetual learners in all environments, able to work constructively with diverse groups of people towards a common goal.
Our self-contained classes in pre-school through grade 5 create small and intimate learning communities where essential skills are mastered and concept-based learning is introduced. Individualized learning is achieved through small class sizes, dedicated teachers who truly know their students, and a carefully designed curriculum that allows students to explore concepts on a deep level. Core subjects include Bible, math, language arts, science, handwriting, and social studies. In addition, students attend weekly enrichment classes in computer, music, art, physical education, and library.
Lower School Course Catalog
The lower school utilizes Saxon Math which aims to build a strong math foundation through a spiral approach. This approach introduces new concepts daily and incorporates continual review of math skills to develop mastery at each grade level. Analyzing and utilizing formative and summative data allows for individual needs to be met along with a provision of advancement in the intermediate years.
Our language arts foundation is a balanced literacy approach. We incorporate Saxon phonics for early literacy, Word Study for spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development and Handwriting Without Tears for penmanship. The Cafe/Daily 5 framework allows students to have personalized instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Writer’s Workshop and Word Study are the vehicles for the writing process and grammar instruction.
Our science program guides learners by engaging, exploring, explaining, elaborating, and evaluating science concepts while integrating a biblical worldview. The cross-curricular approach focuses on themes such as the five senses, living systems, weather, seasons, sound, matter, animals, the solar system, the body, simple machines, soil, and electricity. Students will also participate in STEM exploration, science experiments and investigations, and culminating science activities. Our science curriculum includes life science, earth science, astronomy, and biology and is currently based on the Virginia Standards of Learning with various resources to teach those standards from a biblical worldview
Our social studies program develops our students’ understanding of God’s world from the past to the present using various tools and resources. This cross-curricular approach focuses on themes such as our community, American heritage, Virginia history, patriotism, citizenship, states, capitals, presidents, countries, landmarks, landforms, and American history. Our social studies curriculum is currently based on the Virginia Standards of Learning with various resources to teach those standards from a biblical worldview. WCA’s geographical location is naturally conducive to detailed studies of Colonial America and nearby Colonial Williamsburg.
Students at Williamsburg Christian Academy use their Bibles and the Purposeful Design curriculum in grades K-5 to grow spiritually. Meaningful biblical integration is of high value and is taught in all curriculum areas. Our students memorize the Word of God in each grade level and learn how scripture relates to their everyday lives.
Students in the Lower School have the opportunity to participate in the special area programs of physical education, music/drama, library/media, art, and Spanish from K4 through 5th grade. These experiences enhance the academic, physical, and social-emotional development of our students and allow them to explore their interests in areas that supplement their core instruction. Learning facilitators utilize developmentally appropriate strategies to meet the needs of all learners in a creative and engaging manner.