Academic excellence is the key component of our mission statement. Curriculum is the cornerstone to delivering academic excellence and is something we are continually reviewing and working to improve. Our curriculum supports the Michigan Department of Education’s required courses for High School graduation. It is primarily college preparatory in content, and it has been our experience that our graduates are well prepared to attend their colleges of choice.
Another important element within our curriculum is our commitment (also part of our mission statement) to uphold God’s truth. Therefore our teachers make sure their lessons hold true to Biblical standards. When a non-Christian concept is presented it will be labeled as such, so that students will understand the Biblical position.
We further design our curriculum to be teacher directed rather than textbook/workbook directed. Our teachers are committed Christians and well trained professional educators. They are entrusted with our curriculum and are responsible to teach and present material from a Christ-centered perspective, even when using secular texts. We use whatever materials best fit our curriculum and are of the highest quality and research base. This currently leads us to incorporate a blend of Christian and secular materials.
Statement on Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a reality that will affect schools in the U.S. They have been adopted by many states. Christian school educators will need to be generally aware of the impact that standards will have on curriculum, instruction, textbooks and assessments. The CCSS are not comprehensive for each content area, but they selectively identify standards that are common to most states. There is no indication that these standards will be directly imposed on Christian or other private schools. The mission of the CCSS initiative is to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers” (Common Core State Standards Initiative 2012b).
Calhoun Christian School sees the standards as benign. As with any standards, we are implementing the Common Core discriminately and maintaining a Christian worldview in our decision making regarding textbook selection and the design of curriculum by our teachers. We have no intent to let the government define who we are as a school or how we educate our students. While we are aware of the Common Core as a baseline, we intend to challenge our students and continue to educate them in the most rigorous way possible. Our standards for academic excellence have not and will not change. Our commitment to Christ-centered education has not changed. The Biblical worldview that is our foundation will remain solid. Our school engages in achievement testing through the ACSI Terra Nova test. These scores and the child specific information attached to these scores are not shared with the government. If you have further questions regarding the CCSS please contact the administrator, Jeralyn Belote.