CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
The curriculum of Abiding Savior Lutheran School is designed to give a well-rounded, quality Christian education to each child. Following is a brief summary of the major subject areas offered. Click here to view a detailed description of the curriculum.
Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten offer a readiness program in the basic school subjects. A phonics-based language arts curriculum helps students begin the reading process. Since the early years are important in the formulating of mental attitudes and moral philosophies, Christian concepts of everyday living are stressed.
All classes, in addition to their morning devotions, have instruction in the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective. We seek to impart to each student the saving Good News of Jesus Christ. Experiences are then provided for the students to assist them in developing a life of Christian discipleship.
The Language Arts program is based on a thorough knowledge of the phonetic sounds that make up our speech patterns. Early development of vocabulary is stressed. Reading, spelling, grammar, composition, and handwriting are correlated throughout the program at the various levels.
The child is taught the concepts, techniques and language of this field of knowledge. Traditional approaches to the teaching of math are learned and applied. There is an emphasis on problem solving as well as understanding basic facts and practicing basic computational skills. Instruction for higher level math is provided for students that qualify.
Geography, civics, current events, and historical facts and concepts, as well as the Christian interpretation of these concepts, are taught at the appropriate grade levels.
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
The concepts of earth, physical, and life sciences are taught from the Christian perspective and introduced at various grade levels.
FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION
Family life education is taught based on Christian values and scriptural directives. Parents will have opportunity to preview materials used for sex education instruction in grades 4-8.
Physical fitness, group and individual games are taught. Knowledge of rules and sportsmanship are also emphasized. The physical education program in the upper grades include each student dressing out each class day in specified P.E. clothing. Students are responsible for obtaining their gym clothes including athletic shoes, white athletic socks, and Abiding Savior P.E. shirts and shorts. Shirts and shorts are purchased from the school office. All clothes should be clearly marked with the student’s name. Each student will be assigned a lock and locker from the school for the year. Students should be ready and dressed out for P.E. by the second week of school. If a student is injured or ill, a note from home will excuse him/her from active participation for that day. A doctor’s note is required for extensive inability to participate. A sports physical is required for upper grade students certifying that they are physically able to participate in physical education class, after-school sports and cheer leading.
General music and basic art skills are integrated into the total curriculum and often supplement the congregation’s worship life.
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 learn basic computer, word processing and Internet skills. A one to one iPad program is offered for grades 6-8. This allows our students to use technology to enhance their learning and utilize it as a tool in their educational journey.
It is our desire to introduce students to the basics of the Spanish language through such means as video instruction and special language teachers. Formal instruction is offered once a week in JK and Kindergarten and 2 days a week in grades 1-8. The goal is to prepare students to be successful in Spanish I in high school.
The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts and apply skills learned, to provide time for research, and to finish schoolwork not completed during school hours.
Teachers will assign work on a developmentally appropriate basis and communicate their policies and procedures to students and parents at the beginning of school year.
Students are expected to have assignments completed by 8:00 a.m. for grades 6-8 and 8:15 a.m. for grades K-5 on the due date. Late assignments will be penalized. A parent’s note indicating extenuating circumstances for an incomplete assignment may allow for an extension of time. When students are absent they are allowed the number of days they are absent to make up the work when they return.
All homework will relate to classroom objectives. Teachers will see that students understand assignments before leaving class. Assignments will be evaluated and returned to the students in a timely manner.
Teachers will inform parents when a student fails to regularly complete work on time. Teachers will check with students on progress of long-term assignments. Parents are encouraged to check Gradelink to how their child is progressing on a regular basis.
Each class takes field trips to various places of educational value and interest. While these trips are not required, they do enhance the school curriculum, and all children are encouraged to participate. Students not attending field trips are required to be at school and will be given appropriate assignments for the day. There will be a charge for some trips. Parents are notified of the date and place of the trip and must provide a signed permission slip for their child to participate. Seat belts and car seats must be used as required by law.
Transportation on these trips is usually by bus or automobile. Parents who drive will be asked for proof of a current California driver’s license, current car registration, and current legal minimum automobile liability insurance. They must be at least 21 years of age.
Extended field trips of up to five days are a regular part of the upper grade school curriculum, and all eligible students are strongly encouraged to attend.
- 4th graders travel to Jamul to study California’s Gold Rush Days
- 5th graders participate in Revolutionary War reenactment at Riley’s Farm
- 6th graders attend outdoor Science Camp
- 7th graders study at Oceanography Camp
- 8th graders visit the Washington D.C. area
The costs for these trips are the responsibility of the parents. Special fundraising activities are designed to help families finance these trips.