ELEMENTARY / 1ST - 6TH GRADE
Elementary curriculum and instruction focuses on providing children with skills needed to read, write, communicate, solve problems, use technology and apply this knowledge to everyday situations. Spiritual growth and development is also a primary focus at each grade, where students learn Bible verses and how to apply them to their daily lives. All courses are taught with a strong Christian perspective based on biblical truth.
All elementary teachers possess a Bachelors degree, and in most cases, a Masters Degree in elementary education. They are also certified through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and in most cases, the state of Oregon. Students experience one-on-one, small group, and whole class learning opportunities with these highly qualified teachers who know and understand their students' needs. Class sizes are small, typically no larger than 15-20 students. Specialists provide instruction in art, music, physical education and library media to further enrich the curriculum.
Students participate in a weekly 40-minute Chapel each Wednesday morning in the gymnasium beginning at 8:30 a.m. Chapel activities includes student led praise and worship, prayer, stories and guest speakers. One Wednesday each month, a "Family Chapel" takes place, where 6th grade students go into each of the other elementary classrooms to "teach" a unit representing a specific character trait for the month. These are based on the fruits of the spirit (i.e., patience, joy, love, etc.).
In sports, NCCS offers boys' and girls' basketball for all students in grades 5 and 6. They may also have an opportunity to participate in junior high track, junior high soccer, and occasionally, junior high volleyball.
The academic day for elementary students begins at 8:15 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. An Extended Day Program (EDP) is available before and after school, up until 6:00 p.m. The school year typically runs from early September through mid-June.