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Elementary

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Our elementary teachers are passionate about watching students learn!  A quality academic program with a strong biblical foundation can be expected in every classroom. Students develop a strong relationship with God through daily Bible lessons and scripture memorization as well as daily praise and worship and weekly chapels.

Students in the primary grades (K-3) receive a strong phonetic-based language arts program using Abeka and BJU Press Curriculum. Students in the intermediate grades (4-6) utilize the BJU Press Curriculum, which includes strong reading, writing, and language arts instruction. A firm foundation in mathematics, social studies, and science, taught with a biblical perspective, prepares our students for academic success. Beginning in kindergarten, students receive instruction in technology. To develop creativity and leadership skills, students participate in general music, instrumental and vocal music, and art. The physical health and strength of our students is developed through PE.  Spanish classes allow students to develop an appreciation for another language while learning to speak and write.

At the appropriate grade level and on alternate years, students develop and express their academic skills and understanding as they participate in Science Fair, Art Shows, Math Contests, Accelerated Reader, Spelling Bee, Christmas Concert, and more.

We encourage our parents and grandparents to be involved in all events and activities, such as providing playground supervision, chaperoning field trips, ministry outreach, field day, the AR picnic, lunchroom duty, and PTA opportunities.

Grades and Curriculum

Kindergarten

Watch us learn and grow!

Kindergarten is an action packed year of growing physically, mentally, socially, and academically! By the end of the year, students will typically read above kindergarten level, write in print and cursive, be able to tell time and know math facts. Additionally, each kindergartner will recite the Kindergarten Creed. This is always a highlight at the Kindergarten graduation. You will be amazed at how much they have learned in just one year!

Our exciting field trip for the year is to Remlinger Farm. The students have fun on the train, looking at pumpkins, riding on rides, and having fun with their parents, teachers, and classmates.

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Kindergarten Curriculum

CourseDescription
BibleACSI: Purposeful Design
Legacy Institute: Relationships with Integrity
Series - God is Love
LanguageA Beka: My Favorite Kindergarten Poems
Social StudiesA Beka: Community Helpers; Children of the World; Our Great Country
MathA Beka: Number Skills K
ScienceA Beka: God's World
Skills / HealthA Beka: Readiness Skills K; Health & Safety Visuals
WritingA Beka: Writing with Phonics K (Cursive); Numbers Writing Tablet, K5 Writing Tablet
PhonicsA Beka: Letters & Sounds K
ReadingA Beka: My Blend & Word Book

Kindergarten Enrichment

Vocal & Instrumental Music
Spanish
P. E.

1st Grade

First grade is a big transition year! Lots of teeth are lost, students grow in inches and in knowledge, and their reading skills improve dramatically! A lot of “firsts” in first grade! We start each day with our Bible Time. Here we meet Jesus through our Bible stories, praise and worship, prayer requests and Bible memorization.

Throughout the year, students will have fun learning in the classroom and outside the classroom.

Inside the classroom, students learn math, phonics, language, writing, history, science and art using the ABecka curriculum. First graders also enjoy PE, music, technology, Spanish and library with specialists each week. As first graders, they will get to experience different types of journaling, weekly shown-n- tells, and so many more fun activities.

1st Grade Curriculum


CourseDescription
BibleACSI: Purposeful Design
Legacy Institute:Relationships with Integrity
Series - God is Life
LanguageA Beka: Lang. 1, Spelling & Poetry 1
Accelerated Reader
Social StudiesBJU Press: Heritage Studies
MathA Beka: Arithmetic 1
ScienceBJU Press
WritingA Beka: Writing with Phonics 1
PhonicsA Beka: Handbook for Reading, Letters, & Sounds 1

1st Grade Enrichment

Vocal & Instrumental Music
Spanish
Technology
P. E.

First Graders will experience field trips such as:

Note: We rotate year to year, and usually take two off campus field trips each year.

NW Trek

Pacific Science Center

Pumpkin Patch

Saltwater State Park

2nd Grade

2nd grade continues the education and enrichment we provide in 1st grade.

There are so many exciting things to see, do and learn in 2nd grade at PCA!

2nd Grade Curriculum


CourseDescription
BibleACSI: Purposeful Design
Legacy Institute: Relationships with Integrity
Series - God is Spirit
LanguageA Beka: Lang. 2
Accelerated Reader
Social StudiesBJU Press: American History
MathA Beka: Arithmetic 2
ScienceBJU Press
PhonicsA Beka: Letters, & Sounds 2

2nd Grade Enrichment

Vocal & Instrumental Music
Spanish
P. E.

Students will participate in things such as.....

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Making a dinosaur skeleton.

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Study how our body works.

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Study colonial America, transform the class into a colonial street by hosting a colonial shop; we also discuss and share how your family has immigrated to the United States.

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Study animal habitats and make a shoe box habitat project.

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Study colonial America, transform the class into a colonial street by hosting a colonial shop; we also discuss and share how your family has immigrated to the United States

3rd Grade

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One of the things that sets 3rd grade apart from the earlier grades is rather than learning to read, they are now reading to learn.

Third grade is a combination of everything they learned in the lower grades and preparing them for what they will be learning in the upper grades.

Students will participate in three field trips this year. We will be taking the class to the Children’s Museum in Seattle (a place where school curriculum comes to life), the Arboretum (an outdoor, hands-on science classroom for students), and the most fun-Subzero (a place to learn the science behind ice cream).

Our days are packed full with Reading, English (Language Arts and Writing), Math, History, Science (which includes a few experiments) and Health, as well as Spanish, Music, P.E., Library, and Tech. On Tuesdays we have an Art teacher who comes into our classroom for half an hour and works with the students to create amazing art projects.

3rd Grade Curriculum

CourseDescription
BibleACSI: Purposeful Design
Legacy Institute: Relationships with Integrity
Series - God is Light
Language ArtsBJU Press
Accelerated Reader
Social StudiesBJU Press: American History
MathA Beka: Arithmetic 3
ScienceBJU Press

3rd Grade Enrichment

Vocal & Instrumental Music
Spanish
Art
P. E.

4th Grade

The 4th grade is a significant “learning” year not just in academics but also personal growth, a relationship with God, and each other. Every subject area in the 4th grade is studied with a Christian Worldview.

We learn all of the books of the Bible and how each book tell us about God’s plan. We personalize God’s Word and learn how to apply it in our lives. Students learn how to hide God’s Word in their hearts by learning weekly Bible scriptures and the entire chapter of Isaiah 53. We learn to pray for others, our country, and the world. It is an exciting year of spiritual growth!

As a 4th grade class, students focus on outreach to our school and community through various opportunities. As students send prayer grams out to our school staff, family, and around the world as led by the Holy Spirit, they learn to love God and people. Students also present various programs to the Senior Citizen group of Christian Faith Center. The 4th graders support the outreach programs of PCA through donations brought in for various drives.  Additionally, each 4th grade student communicates support to our military by writing letters and cards through our USO partnering.

The level of expectation upon the student is increased as well as the critical thinking skills required for learning. Students use higher learning techniques for increased success in vocabulary, comprehension, and critical reading skills. They push themselves to pass quizzes and achieve goals in Accelerated Reader. This helps to increase their independent reading skills. In English class, the 4th graders learn how to write descriptive sentences and then put them into paragraphs. Good writing practice occurs in all areas including narrative, persuasive, journal, and report writing. Students also work on penmanship as we write to be understood.

 

In Math and Science, students learn to interpret data using all math operations and critical math skills. An online Math curriculum that can be accessed from home affords extra practice and understanding. Students practice the main operations to work at an increased pace for good foundational knowledge and higher conceptual learning. The 4th graders are challenged to study God’s world in each main area: physical, chemical, conservation, and life sciences. The students learn the scientific process and showcase that learning with a science fair project, an animal poster report, and a sea life mobile presentation.

One highlight from the 4th grade are the Washington state PowerPoint presentations created by each student. We dissect the United States, learning all about the regions and each state the first half of the year. The second semester focuses on studying Washington State. The year ends with each student creating a 15-20 slide PowerPoint on Washington State with a city given to highlight.  The field trip to the state capital during the spring puts meaning to all that has been learned.

4th graders learn what it is like to be a responsible learner and how to take challenges and turn them into victories.

4th grade is truly an inspirational year in the life of a PCA student!

4rd Grade Curriculum


CourseDescription
BibleACSI: Purposeful Design
Legacy Institute: Relationships with Integrity
Series - God is Father
Language ArtsBJU Press Accelerated Reader
Social StudiesGibbs Smith: Washington, Our Home
Center of Civic Education: We The People, The Citizens and the Constitution
MathMcGraw Hill: My Math 4
ScienceBJU Press
SpanishBJU Press

4rd Grade Enrichment

Vocal & Instrumental Music
Technology
Art
Spanish
P. E.

5th Grade

This is the pre-transition year before junior high! What an exciting adventure together! Students experience increased responsibilities and privileges. Throughout the year, the expectations of the 5th graders change as they are prepared for the increased independence that comes with being in junior high.

5th Grade Curriculum


CourseDescription
BibleACSI: Purposeful Design
Legacy Institute: Relationships with Integrity
Series - God is One
Language ArtsBJU Press
Accelerated Reader
Social StudiesBJU Press: 1900-2009
MathMcGraw Hill: My Math 5
ScienceBJU Press

5th Grade Enrichment

Vocal or Instrumental Music
Spanish
P. E.

Fun 5th Grade Highlights:

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Volunteer Safety Patrol

5th graders have the opportunity to volunteer for Safety Patrol before and after school.

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Field Trips

For additional enrichment, educational field trips are part of the 5th grade curriculum such as a trips to Seattle's Pacific Science Center.

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Biztown

Biztown is an amazing field trip where student get to be adults for one day!  They have jobs, bank accounts, and civic responsibilities.  They learn how to vote and pay taxes. It is a day where they learn about citizenship, the economy, and how to be responsible consumers. 

6th Grade

The 6th grade is a year of transition. As students are experiencing more freedoms, they are also required to have more responsibilities. At Pacific Christian Academy, we focus on a smooth transition to Junior High, gradually adding both freedoms and responsibilities..

Some highlights for a 6th grade student:

  • Lockers are earned, generally at the beginning of the 2nd semester
  • Elective choices
  • Changing classrooms/teachers for each period
  • Junior High specific events
  • Junior High ASB leadership opportunities

6th Grade Curriculum

CourseDescription
BibleACSI: Purposeful Design
Legacy Institute: Relationships with Integrity
Series - God is Holy
EnglishBJU Press: English 6
HistoryBJU Press: Ancient Civilizations
MathGlenco: Mathematics Course 1
ScienceBJU Press
ReadingBJU Press: Reading 6

6th Grade Enrichment

Vocal & Instrumental Music
ESL
Technology
Art
Spanish
Yearbook
Study Skills