Areas of Study
Children learn auditorally, visually, and kinesthetically, by listening, seeing, and doing. We follow the Iowa Core Standards using our chosen curricula and research-based delivery, which accommodates for the different ways in which children learn.
Reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and English language skills are all necessary parts of learning to read for meaning. A solid base of phonics and literature experiences begins in kindergarten.
At St. Paul's we use BJU Press. It is an integrated math program that constantly reviews previous learning. Manipulatives are used heavily in lower grades K-4, but they are a valuable teaching tool in all grades. Math facts and algorithms for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing are key learning for more complicated concepts like fractions, functions, geometry, and more. Students in the upper grades are grouped based on ability level to give them the best opportunity to succeed.
Social Studies and Science
Textbooks, as well as outside print and nonprint resources, online and print sources for research, projects, and experiments are used in these curricular areas. These, like all curriculum, are excellent opportunities to tie in Biblical history and truths.
Art, P.E., and Music
The arts and physical activity are key to keeping the mind engage and the body fit. Art, Music (vocal and instrumental), and Physical Education are spread throughout the week to enrich the other areas of the curriculum and to develop the whole child.
Technology is a part of of our everyday lives. Students at St. Paul's use technology to support their studies. St. Paul's Lutheran School is 1:1 in 3rd-12th grade. Technology is integrated into the curriculum as a teaching and learning tool. St. Paul's is equipped with a modern computer lab, LCD projectors in every classroom and wireless internet access to support online learning opportunities.
Most schools today offer a character development program. Unfortunately, in the absence of a moral law as found in Scripture, character development simply falls flat. While many programs teach that “honesty is the best policy,” the Bible instructs us that honesty is the only policy. At St. Paul's, we teach a morality that is rooted in God’s Word, with a focus on loving and caring for others as Jesus instructed.
St. Paul's endeavors to provide an environment conducive to the spiritual growth and development of young people who are not yet mature Christians. St. Paul's has adopted the following Honor Code which we believe is supportive of the environment that will best promoted the academic, social, and spiritual welfare of the students: