Statement of Curriculum
Our curriculum decisions are informed by the New York State core curriculum and guided by the Word of God.
Since Spa Christian School is a Christian school, the goal of its education is to offer a thorough academic education with a Biblical worldview by integrating faith and learning. Integration of faith and learning is more than chapel, Bible curriculum, and daily prayer. Integration involves seeing all truth and all of life from God's perspective while interacting with many ideas. The process of integration occurs in the classroom as the teacher utilizes the curriculum to meet the educational objectives established for each particular grade.
The teacher is one of the keys to the health of the Christian School. Each teacher at Spa Christian School must demonstrate prerequisite teaching skills, love for children, and a keen ability to apply the truths of Scripture to the academic disciplines and the students' lives.
The distinctives of Spa Christian School are found in its philosophy of education and educational objectives. At the heart of the educational objective is the need to teach information, to demonstrate methods of learning and application, to foster reasoning abilities on the part of the students, and to prepare students to live Christian lives with a Christian mind in a secular world. This means that the child needs to recognize non-Christian ideas and practices while developing Christian responses and alternatives.
In light of this, an important part of the curriculum is the textbook, which is chosen by the following guidelines:
It must be academically sound, both in content and methodology.
There are no textbook publishers who have the best material in every subject, so the curriculum should represent the best available material for each subject area.
The curriculum will be evaluated on a rotating basis. Each year a different subject area will be examined, objectives for that subject re-evaluated by grade, and curriculum options evaluated.
As curriculum materials are evaluated, Biblical integration objectives are also carefully planned to coordinate with each unit.
The method for textbook evaluation can be found in the policies of the School Board; when using textbooks from non-Christian publishers, the teachers must exercise special care in teaching the material, seeking to carefully and clearly integrate Biblical truth and behavior with the material where necessary.