Curriculum

OUR FIVE-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Emphasis on learning to read using the Spalding Reading Program, a phonics-based, multi-sensory program
  • Emphasis on hands-on exercises to teach numeric concepts
  • Yearly Stanford Achievement Tests and Metropolitan Readiness Tests with scores above grade level
  • Bible lessons taught daily
  • An average class size of 15 students
  • Teacher assistants

 

T1 PROGRAM

Our T1 Program is a unique program that provides a transition from kindergarten to first grade for those students who are not quite ready for first grade.

Priority for our T1 Program is given for current PCS students who are enrolled in our Kindergarten Program. The average class size is 15 students.

 

ELEMENTARY GRADES 1-6

GRADES 1-4
Our students who are enrolled in grades 1-4 experience the benefits of a self-contained classroom. The student-teacher ratio is 21-1, with each class having an assistant. In addition to Reading, Language, Math, History, Science, History, and Bible, the students also have P.E., Library, Art, Music, and Computer.

GRADES 5-6
At PCS our fifth and sixth grades are a transition between lower elementary and junior high school. At this level the classes are departmentalized, and the students change classes at the end of each class period.

The fifth and sixth grade students are enrolled in Reading, English, Math, History, Science, and Bible classes with advanced courses offered in Reading and Math. The students are also required to take a Computer Course and a Spanish Course. They also have the option to enroll in art and music classes.

Extracurrricular activities for fifth and sixth graders include football, basketball, and cheerleading.

ELECTIVES

ART

Presbyterian Christian School Art always puts emphasis on our Lord God, the Creator of our aesthetic world.

The art program addresses the 6 areas of art education that are set by the National Standards for Art Education:

  • Aesthetic awareness
  • Development of skills
  • Art production
  • Critique process
  • Cultural and historical aspects
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

Students are introduced to the various elements of art and their subsequent development: Color, Form, Line, Shape, Space, Texture and Value

Students, in the fourth through sixth grade, are introduced to the principles of design: Balance, Contrast, Emphasis, Proportion, Pattern, Rhythm, Unity and Variety

First through fourth grade students attend an art class one day per week, while kindergarten and T-1 students come on alternating weeks.  Fifth and sixth grade students are offered art as an elective to be taken one day per week for 45 minutes.

COMPUTER

The goal of the Elementary Computer Program is to incorporate computer skills with the other disciplines that are taught in grades 1-6 along with teaching keyboarding skills, basic word processing skills, basic skills of research, the basics of Powerpoint, and responsible use of the internet. Ipads are also used as a part of the computer curriculum.

Students in grades 1-4 attend computer class one day a week for 30 minutes, while students in grades 5 and 6 attend computer class one day a week for 55 minutes.

"WHATEVER YOU DO, WORK AT IT WITH ALL YOUR HEART."

Colossians 3:23

LIBRARY

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ ~ ~ Dr. Seuss

The Mission

The PCS Library’s mission is to provide resources which promote strong literary skills, encourage lifelong learning, and nurture the love of reading.

The Collection
The Library’s collection consists of approximately 6,000 volumes of both fiction and nonfiction titles encompassing reading levels from easy to advanced and including well loved classics, award winners, a wide selection of popular titles, and up-to-date material for homework assignments.  PCS offers students nearly 2,000 Accelerated Reader Quizzes.

The Visit
First through sixth grades visit the Library on a rotating basis.

  • Grades T-1 and 1st visit the Library every week for story time and book checkout.
  • Grades 2 through 6 visit the Library every 2 weeks on alternate weeks for book checkout.
  • Grade 2 has story time.

The Challenge
The Children’s Crown Award Reading Challenge (Grades 3-6) is a division of the Triple Crown National Book Award program established to promote wholesome, well-written literature.  Its purpose is to encourage young readers to read books of enduring value and to become more discriminating readers.

Each year a new list of titles is chosen to be read by third through sixth graders.  Those students who choose to participate (This is a voluntary program!) challenge themselves to read as many of the titles as possible during the current school year.

Qualifying students vote in April for their favorite book at an invitation only party.  Students who read above the minimum required number of titles for the voting party are recognized at an assembly in May, and students who read all required titles are awarded a medal during that same assembly.

Click here for more information about the Children's Crown Book Challenge.

A list of our 2017-2018 Children's Crown Books is located in both the library and the computer lab.

Readers are leaders at PCS!

LINKS

The Library for Hattiesburg, Petal, Forrest County
http://www.hpfc.lib.ms.us/rooms/portal/page/Sirsi_HOME

KidsReads.com
http://www.kidsreads.com/

Children’s Crown Award Reading Program
http://www.triplecrownawards.org/

Fact Monster
http://www.factmonster.com/

Ben’s Guide to U. S. Government for Kids
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/

MUSIC
Our music program is designed to teach biblical concepts, scripture memory, drama, and choreography.  Included in our music program is music theory and sight singing, along with individual and group participation.  Music and text memory, along with excellence in performance, are also emphasized.

Grades K5 through 4th grade have music once a week.  Our music program is optional for grades 5 and 6.   Fifth and sixth graders who take music first semester are involved in a choral program at the conclusion of the semester.  Second semester the fifth and sixth graders have the option to take a music theory class.

Click here for the Music Program Schedule for 2017-2018.

READING CENTER
The PCS Reading center is located on the elementary campus and serves as an educational resource that provides academic services by a certified staff member throughout the school week. At the center, therapy and tutoring are available for students in grades K5 - 6 in the areas of reading, language, mathematics, and speech.