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Spencer Christian School K-8

Spencer Christian desires to offer your family an affordable, Christian educational option.

  • Small class sizes of up to 16 students
  • Experienced, qualified, Christ-following teacher
  • Curriculum Includes:  Bible, phonics, handwriting, literature, mathematics, foreign language, science and social studies (meeting all the state curriculum requirements)
  • Partial-Week:  all classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Kindergarten hours  9:00 – 2:00, 1st – 8th grade hours 9:00 – 3:30
For more information about Parental Rights concerning education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, visit http://education.ky.gov/federal/fed/Pages/Non-Public-Schools.aspx

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Curriculum

Reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic are the foundation upon which the tower of learning is built and are given the highest priority in K-2. The basic skills, work habits, and attitudes formed in the primary years are of crucial importance.
Phonics and Reading
Phonics is the system of letter-sound association taught to children for the purposes of learning to read and spell. Phonics is most effective when taught systematically, thoroughly, intensely, and in a logical and time-tested sequence. Kindergarten phonics is taught using First Start Reading as published by Memoria Press. Phonics and spelling continue in 1st and 2nd grades with Traditional Spelling. In first grade students continue to develop reading comprehension with whole books which captivate and motivate children and are preferred over basal readers. Teachers monitor student reading skills through daily oral reading. First graders read children’s classics such as Little Bear, Caps For Sale, The Story About Ping, Billy and Blaze, etc. using Memoria Press’ StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures study guides. Second graders read The Courage of Sarah Noble, Little House in the Big Woods, and four Beatrix Potter stories (Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten, and Johnny Town-Mouse). Spelling, penmanship, composition, and vocabulary lessons for each book are provided by our Memoria Press Study Guides.

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Curriculum

Spelling and Printing
Copybook is an exercise consisting of copying sayings, maxims, Scripture, and poetry in the student’s best handwriting. Copybook is an important step in developing good penmanship, punctuation, and spelling. Habits of good penmanship are instilled early and required at every grade level by every teacher. The discipline of neat and legible handwriting is an aid to spelling and instills the value of accurate, careful work – an important academic skill that carries over into every aspect of learning. In Grade 1 students continue to practice manuscript printing while also beginning cursive script with Memoria Press’s New American Cursive program. Students in Grade 2 continue to practice in cursive, and begin using it primarily halfway through the year, reinforcing their penmanship with the completion of New American Cursive 2.
Arithmetic
Number formation, counting, time, calendar, measurement, and money are the skills of K-2, along with mastery of addition and subtraction facts through 5s in Kindergarten, 10s in First Grade, and multiplication facts (1, 2, 5, 10) in Second Grade.  Students learn number sense by skip counting, games, and drills, all of which make math time enjoyable and help students achieve immediate recall of math facts – the primary goal in K-2.  Rod and Staff’s Arithmetic 1 serves as the textbook for Kindergarten and Grade 1, while Abeka’s Arithmetic 2 serves as the textbook for Grade 2.
Geography, History, and Science
Students work with maps and globes to learn continents, oceans, and major countries.  In science, students learn about the planets and seasons.  Using a weekly read-aloud literature selection, K-1 teachers develop activities to encourage a child’s natural creativity and curiosity.   Second grade students enjoy science through Abeka: Enjoying God’s World textbook.
Christian Studies, Music and Art
In Christian Studies students read or listen to Bible stories and memorize and copy Bible verses and prayers.  Students attend chapel services each Wednesday.  Students draw and color in their composition books where they illustrate copybook verses, poems, and composition lessons.  In art appreciation, students learn about an artist and study an art masterwork every month.
Latin
Memoria Press’ Prima Latina begins in 2nd grade to introduce Latin to young students.  The course teaches students seven parts of speech, 125 Latin vocabulary words, numbers 1 through 10, basic constellations, and simple introductions to tenses, derivatives, conjugations, and declensions.  Each of the 25 lessons consists of a new grammar skill, five vocabulary words that correspond with the lesson, a practical Latin phrase, and one line of a prayer that is learned in totality by the end of the chapter.
Physical Education
Students have Physical Education or recess every day.  P.E. provides 30 minutes of rigorous exercise as well as opportunities to play childhood games.  Our P.E. instructor works to develop basic motor and motion skills, such as running, skipping, running backwards, and flexibility, as well as sportsmanship and team play.  On days when students do not have P.E., they have recess in the gym or out back on our lovely Spencer County land.

3rd Grade Curriculum

Our 3rd grade classes continue to reinforce the important academic and social skills emphasized in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades:
  • Quality written work completed in a timely manner
  • Legible penmanship and accurate spelling
  • Speed and accuracy in arithmetic
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition
  • Memorization of Scripture
  • Appropriate classroom behavior
  • Discipline and self-control
  • Good manners and respect for adults and classmates
Students learn from well-designed materials, high quality content, and teacher-directed lessons. Classrooms are quiet, disciplined, and orderly.  Students are motivated to work and learn because they are led by knowledgeable, enthusiastic teachers.
Curriculum Overview:
All students receive Bible instruction daily through class devotions and an academic Bible course.  Students learn all major Bible stories, both Old and New Testament, and are gently guided through knowledge of God’s salvation history.  Abeka Bible Flash-A-Cards provide visual stimulation to the facts and faith of Scripture.
Saxon Mathematics uses a spiral review approach to mathematics instruction for 3rd-8th grades.
The very best in English literature is taught in depth using Memoria Press study guides.  During their time in 3rd grade, children will read a variety of classic literature (see pacing guide on back).  For spelling, daily lessons from Spelling Workout create thoughtful spellers.  English grammar and composition are studied utilizing a thorough spiral approach in the Abeka Language 3 textbook.
Students complete four cycles of Latin study, beginning in 2nd grade.  Again, Memoria Press’ acclaimed Latin curriculum, written and perfected by the staff of Highlands Latin School, is taught as students grow in their knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar.  During the 3rd grade year, students will complete the first half of Latina Christiana I (Lessons 1-15).
 Geography focuses on states and capitals (Memoria Press), while History focuses on interesting biographies from American History (Abeka biography compilation).  Students will also enjoy a variety of historical fiction novels read aloud in class.
Abeka Science/Health follows the sequence of the awe-inspiring six days of Creation, launching students into an exploration of outer space, the animal kingdom, and other aspects of God’s intricate creations.  Students will apply the knowledge gained from the scientific method, practical demonstrations, and experiments to discover scientific principles related to the many facets of God’s amazing creation.
Classwork:
All lessons are teacher directed.  Students are given ample time to complete classroom assignments, which are carefully monitored so that students learn to do quality written work in a timely fashion.
Weekend Work:
1.   Math review problems (all instruction occurs in class)
2.  Reading (reading/rereading literature, Bible reading and reading for pleasure)
3.  Study for exams as needed
4.  Review work from class
5.  Projects: There will be occasional projects in Language Arts, Science and History

4th-8th Grade Curriculum

Our 4th through 8th grade classes continue to reinforce the important academic and social skills emphasized in Kindergarten, and 1st – 3rd grades:
  • Quality written work completed in a timely manner
  • Legible penmanship and accurate spelling
  • Speed and accuracy in arithmetic
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition
  • Memorization of Scripture
  • Appropriate classroom behavior
  • Discipline and self-control
  • Good manners and respect for adults and classmates
Students learn from well-designed materials, high quality content, and teacher-directed lessons. Classrooms are quiet, disciplined, and orderly.  Students are motivated to work and learn because they are led by knowledgeable, enthusiastic teachers.
Curriculum Overview:
All students receive Bible instruction through class devotions and an academic Bible course.  Students learn all major Bible stories, both Old and New Testament, and are gently guided through knowledge of God’s salvation History.
Saxon Mathematics uses a spiral review approach to mathematics instruction for 4th -8th grades.
The very best in English literature is taught in depth using Memoria Press study guides.  During their time in 4th-8th grade, children will read a variety of classic literature (see pacing guide on back).  For spelling, daily lessons create thoughtful spellers.  English Grammar and Composition are studied using Abeka publishers spiral approach to language arts.
Students complete four cycles of Latin study, beginning in 2nd grade.  Again, Memoria Press’ acclaimed Latin curriculum, written and perfected by the staff of Highlands Latin School, is taught as students grow in their knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar.  Students will complete the following courses by 8th grade:  Prima Latina, Latina Christiana I, and First Form Latin.
Geography focuses on states, capitals, and world geography while History focuses on the major time periods of history beginning with Ancient Civilizations continuing through American and Modern History.  A variety of textbooks as well as original sources are utilized.
The Apologia series science curriculum covers life sciences, astronomy, ecology, chemistry, and physics. Apologia author Jeannie Fulbright approaches science from a biblical worldview, emphasizing God’s handiwork in the world around us and showing how real science supports biblical authority.  Published by Apologia.
Classwork:
All lessons are teacher directed.  Students are given ample time to complete classroom assignments, which are carefully monitored so that students learn to do quality written work in a timely fashion.
Weekend Work:
1.  Math review problems (all instruction occurs in class)
2.  Reading (reading/rereading literature, Bible reading and reading for pleasure); written responses to text
3.  Study for exams as needed; develop study skills and nightly review to prepare high school habits
4.  Review work from class
5.  Projects: There will be occasional projects in Language Arts, Science and History
6.  Writing: Essays, research paper, short stories, book reports, etc.

Tuition and Fees - K-8

In an effort to make a private, Christian education affordable for more families, Spencer Christian has chosen the following tuition and fee schedule for the 2019-2020 school year:
Kindergarten Registration Fee
$200
Invoiced at time of registration (nonrefundable)
Kindergarten Annual Tuition
$2,940
Due in 12 monthly installments of $245/each.
1st-8th Grade Registration Fee
$250
Invoiced at time of registration (nonrefundable)
1st-8th Grades Annual Tuition
$4,020
Due in 12 monthly installments of $335/each.
These fees include all books, supplies, etc.
Kindergarten/Elementary tuition begins in June. Parents/Guardians will need to submit June, July and August’s payments during the summer months while school is not in session. The school chose to distribute the annual tuition  among 12 months to make the monthly payment lower.
**Financial assistance available. Please email Heidi at school@spencerchristian.org for an application.
***A 4% discount is available to families paying the annual amount in one lump sum.
****A sibling discount is available in the sum of $50/child (for 2nd+ child in each family) per month.

Why a partial week?

As a parent/guardian, you may be wondering how a child’s education can be accomplished in less than a normal 5-day school week. The following information may be helpful as you answer that question:
The main academic objectives of the elementary years can be achieved in reduced time by eliminating unnecessary interruptions to the school day (assemblies, special guests, fundraisers, elective classes, etc.). We strongly believe that individualized attention at school and at home can accomplish goals that cannot be achieved in a large classroom setting.
Our reduced academic week has these advantages:
  • Lowers tuition and makes a private, Christian education affordable for more families
  • Maintains parents as primary influence during this crucial time of development by increasing time spent at home and reducing time spent with peers
  • Reduces absenteeism by providing free days for doctor/dentist and other appointments
  • Eliminates the “Sunday night blues” by providing Monday/Friday as a day for reading/homework assignments
Added support will be offered to parents of K-8th grade students. A mantadory introductory session will be held during the first month of school. The school director and the child’s classroom teacher will guide parents as you supplement your child’s education on Mondays and Fridays.