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Grace Christian School: 115 Sorrel St. Red Rock, TX
ACE Certified Teacher: Melody Velasquez - (737)-247-9772
Principle: Kerry Boykin - 512-581-2678
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Distinctive Features of Grace Christian School High Moral and Academic Standards Grace Christian School is a school for the children of parents who are Christians and who desire for their children to be taught Christian values in a Christian environment. While we understand the desire of parents who want for their child to be reformed, our school is not a reform
school for troubled children or for children who do not want to get an education. There are organizations that specialize in reforming troubled children. Grace Christian School desires to be a help to Christian parents in providing an excellent academic and moral education in a loving, disciplined, Christian environment.
Four Day School Week
We offer a four day school week, Monday through Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Parents have asked us to help them lessen the number of miles they must travel each week. By extending the day, students can accomplish the same amount of work each week. We will also take fewer holidays during the school year. Academic days off are: Major Holidays will be determined during school year, as the dates fall. Memorial day and Labor day will be scheduled as they occur during the school calendar.
Diagnostic Testing and Prescription
To build a solid academic foundation, we must discover what information the student actually understands in each subject. The diagnostic test will reveal if there are learning gaps and what learning .gaps are present in each subject. We can then accurately prescribe the specific curriculum the student needs to work in, in order to achieve mastery of that subject. If these gaps are not remedied by rebuilding a solid foundation in the gap areas, the student will always have academic deficiencies in that subject. We also give cognitive skills tests to determine a child’s intellectual potential.
Annual National Achievement Testing
By giving a standardized national achievement test each year we can make sure the student is on course in their academic accomplishments. Many schools have stopped giving these tests. They are expensive, and do not allow manipulation and preparation to achieve higher scores. They do reveal what the individual student and the school are really teaching and not teaching. We believe they are important and may reveal areas that we need to improve in as a school, as well as areas that our students may need extra help in.
Our philosophy of education describes each student as unique, created by God for special purposes. We do not believe that we can take a group of children and expect them to all learn at the same rate, or for all of them to excel in the same subjects. Some children require a slower pace to understand and assimilate information; they will get lost and fall behind if pressured to work too quickly. Others get bored if the curriculum is presented too slowly and will cause mischief if not properly challenged. Our goal is to enable each child to reach his or her God-given potential.
Mastery Dependent Learning
Once a student is properly diagnosed and prescribed, he or she will academically be on target. In order to maintain a solid foundation throughout the remainder of the students’ education, we require the student to master the subject matter as well as have a thorough understanding of why and how a thing is true. For example, in math, we are most interested in seeing that a student understands how to repeatedly obtain correct answers with different sets of data. In order for a student to have mastery of a subject, we require each student to make a minimum of 90% on exercises, labs, spelling, projects and on submit quizzes. They must score at least 80% on the final unit test. The initial content exercises count 5%, Spelling counts 5%, Quizzes count 25%, labs and projects count 25% and the final Unit Tests count 40%. Therefore, students who are doing their work properly, should end up with a unit grade of no less than 86%, but typically higher. We believe that students who achieve this grade have a good mastery of the subject and are ready to move on to new material. Students who have not mastered the material will need to repeat some or all of the material immediately, until they do achieve mastery. Usually, this means reviewing and retaking one or more sub unit quizzes and/or an alternative final unit test, which may require no more than one or two hours to achieve mastery. In extreme cases, a student might have to take an entire unit over in order to achieve mastery (1/12th of a years work in a subject.) This could result in six to twelve hours of extra work. We always encourage our students to “do it right the first time.” However, repeating one unit in a subject to achieve mastery and have a solid foundation is a small price to pay compared to a lifetime of inadequacy in a given subject.
Loving, Disciplined Christian Environment
We have observed that teachers in some schools spend much of their time trying to maintain order and dealing with disruptive students. This deprives all the other students who want to learn from being able to learn. It rewards bad students with the attention they seek, and punishes the good students by forcing them to have homework each night. We believe good students should be rewarded, and disruptive students should be the ones who receive the consequences of their bad behavior. Typically, homework is punishment for not finishing academic work during school. Rarely should a student need to do schoolwork at home. The exception might be an occasional project that is best done with parental supervision. We maintain a quiet, friendly, comfortable classroom that is conducive to learning, reasoning and study. We encourage students to quietly and privately ask for help when needed. With the parents’ consent, we are always ready to listen to a student’s needs as a person, and to minister to their physical, spiritual and emotional needs as well as their academic needs. We do not take the place of parents but serve as an extension of the parents while the children are at school. As Christians, we strive to be sensitive to parent’s needs and to our student’s needs and to be kind and loving.
Critical Reasoning Skills
We know some schools “dumb down” their curriculum or attempt to artificially inflate grades or test scores by using inappropriately easy questions and required responses. These tactics ultimately help no one. They cheat the students, and when uncovered give a bad reputation to the school. Many schools spend three to four weeks of the academic school year “coaching” students in how to take a test. We believe that if we teach our students how to find information, how to retain the important parts, and how to reason for themselves, they will be able to pass any test with any set of data that they will be exposed to. We do use some multiple choice, fill in the blank and true-false questions in teaching our students. But we also teach them how to think for themselves and find solutions that require more than rote memorization. These are called “Critical Thinking Skills.” They must be learned and coupled with the facts and information at hand, to provide solutions to the real problems of life.
Core Curriculum and Electives
Language Arts (includes English, grammar, literature), Word Building (includes vocabulary building and spelling (often discounted or not taught in many government school because it is thought to be not important), History and Geography (includes social studies and government), Science (includes biology, physical science, physics and chemistry), Math (includes algebra I & II, geometry, analytic geometry) and Bible are the six basic subjects that every student must take at Grace Christian School. The mastery of these subjects will provide the basis of a solid, traditional education as recognized by Godly people for hundreds of years. In addition to the basic subjects, Grace offers electives that include foreign languages, Advanced math, The Story of the United States Constitution, Health, College Planner, Accounting, Literature, Art, Speech, Music, Home Economics and more. In addition we will offer basic mechanics, basic carpentry, basic plumbing, basic electrical knowledge and basic automotive functions as we have qualified instructors and students that are interested.
Accelerated Christian Education Curriculum
We use a proven curriculum from Accelerated Christian Education. They developed and have produced this curriculum and learning system since
1970. ACE developed this Christian curriculum to offer Christian schools and home schooling parents the materials and a methodology to teach children from a Biblical world view. Each subject is divided into twelve bite-sized segments that constitutes a years worth of work. This encourages the student to be able to “see” the amount of material that is needed to reach his goal in each subject in the short term. Rewards are based on completing one unit (PACE) in a subject. This keeps students motivated and allows them to stay focused and encouraged about their school work. Sixty to seventy-two PACEs constitute one years academic work.
Dual Enrollment For College
High School students may have dual enrollment in Grace Christian School and Liberty Baptist University in Lynchburg, Virginia., during their last two years of High School. The course work from Liberty would be completed at Grace and all courses passed with a “C” or above would be transferable to any college or university in the United States. Austin Community College also offers High School Juniors and Seniors free tuition for up to 12 semester hours per year. Most college bound students could complete most of their freshman courses before graduation from high school. Students who might return to the government school before graduating can also have their credits certified to transfer to any government school. There are extra costs associated with both of these options.
Extracurricular Courses and Activities
Music, art, physical education, life skills and vocational skills courses are offered as we have interest and involvement by parents and others in the community. Additionally we will have academic and athletic meets with other Christian Schools and regular field trips that are both educational and as a reward for students who achieve privilege status each month. We offer rewards and incentives in the form of “merit dollars” that students earn for good grades, privilege levels, memorizing scripture, observed good behavior, completing work on time and special projects for extra credit. The “merit dollars” can then be used to buy items in the “Merit Dollar Store.” If student's come to volunteer on Friday's for the Food Pantry day, Merits will be given.
Diagnostic Testing and Prescription
To build a solid academic foundation, we must discover what information the student actually understands in each subject. The diagnostic test will reveal if there are any learning gaps, and where they are present in a given subject. We can then accurately prescribe the specific curriculum the student needs to work in, in order to achieve mastery of that subject. If these gaps are not remedied by rebuilding a solid foundation in the gap areas, the student will always have academic deficiencies in that subject.