Core Knowledge Curriculum
Grace Valley Christian Academy has been using the
nationally recognized Core Knowledge Sequence as the foundation of its
curriculum since 1998. The Sequence is a
detailed outline of specific content to be taught in language arts, history,
geography, mathematics, science, and the fine arts. Much more than a list of facts to be
memorized, the Sequence provides a solid foundation on which to build knowledge. Because it serves as a guide to coherent and
specific content from grade to grade, the Core Knowledge Sequence encourages
steady academic progress as children build their knowledge and skills from year
One of the many strengths of the Core Knowledge Sequence
is that teachers across all grade levels are using a common and progressive
system of instruction. In addition, it
provides plenty of room for complimentary subjects, including Spanish and P.E.
at every grade level. GVCA’s experienced
and talented faulty also teach a rich variety of middle school courses
including Bible classes, art, health, home economics, and choir.
The Core Knowledge Sequence also encourages a variety of
instructional methods and material, often created by the teachers
themselves. While the Sequence creates a
framework and establishes a minimum, the teachers remain free to go into
further depth and use creative methods for effective teaching. Accordingly, teachers can customize their
instruction to meet the specific needs and interests of their students.
GVCA gives careful attention to the curriculum standards
established by the State of California, and makes every effort to exceed these
requirements. GVCA students consistently
achieve top scores on nationally recognized standardized tests and excel in
high school and beyond.