Heritage Christian Schools meets the California State Education code requirements and is registered with the State Department of Education. We are affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and therefore meet additional requirements. Our curriculum attempts to meet or exceed the prescribed curriculum of the State of California and the Association of Christian Schools International. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International have approved our curriculum guides and scope and sequence. Many textbooks used are current state adopted texts used in California public schools. Some publications not used in public school are used when those texts better meet our Christian philosophy.
The Bible curriculum is designed to meet spiritual needs of all students, presenting the main truth of the gospel at the level that is best understood.
Total Reading, group and individual work (K-1st), basal readers, workbooks, supplemental readers and literary works are used to teach reading. While a broad range of methods is employed, the main emphasis is still a phonetic approach to reading. Spelling, grammar and writing skills are part of the Reading/Language Arts curriculum.
Spelling is taught by word families, phonics rules and as sight words. Spelling is a required subject 1st - 6th grades. Kindergarten employs a less formal approach to spelling.
English texts emphasize grammar, writing proficiency and listening skills for 1st - 6th graders. Kindergarten English consists of listening and sharing. In addition, a strong component in this area is oral communication skills as evidenced by school involvement in speech competitions.
Math workbooks, textbooks and times computation tests are used to develop math concepts, reasoning skills and computation skills. Word problems, math projects and math games are also employed to teach and reinforce critical thinking skills.
SOCIAL STUDIES / HISTORY / SCIENCE
These subjects are taught by content specific units in grades K - 1st. Textbooks are used in grades 1st - 6th. The geography component in this program is addressed through additional map skill workbooks. Social Studies and History have a strong geography component at every grade level. Science is taught as a process, integrating the scientific method with critical thinking skills.
A twice weekly class, K - 6th, consists of age appropriate development skills, game skills and team sports.
MUSIC - VOCAL
A twice weekly class, K – 6th, consists of music theory, appreciation and performance skills. Flutophone instruction at 3rd grade affords students a group instrumental experience.
Heritage Christian utilizes BEYOND Technology Education curriculum. The curriculum consists of 4 units: Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Publisher. Kindergarten - 6th grade students have the opportunity to participate in computer class once a week for. Our goal is to guide students on how to use the computer as a tool for school work, research and lifelong learning.
Basic elements of art instruction and art appreciation are taught by parent volunteers through specific art projects. Art is integrated into the curriculum by the classroom teacher.
Optional instrumental instruction and performance are available to students 4th - 8th grades at four different interest and ability levels