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Kindergarten Overview

Ambassador Christian Academy offers full day or half day Kindergarten. Full day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and half day is either morning (8:15-11:25) or afternoon (12:15-3pm). Kindergarten uses a variety of biblically based curriculum. All Kindergarten students participate in Art, Physical Education, Choir and Spanish classes weekly.

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Bible – Students engage in a Bible verse memorization curriculum called Memlok. Students love Memlok due to the energetic pace that’s customized to their learning ability. After completion of each topic (i.e. verses that focus on Deity, Sovereignty, Joy etc.) students receive a certificate of completion. Students participate in Bible Drills where they are quizzed by their teacher on memorization of topics such as the Ten Commandments, ten plagues, and the disciples, etc. Additionally, the students have Bible time every day. A portion of Scripture is read and questions are asked and discussed. The students write or draw in their Bible journals, depending on their individual abilities. Bible time concludes with prayer requests and a time of prayer.

Math– Kindergarten students master math concepts using Horizons curriculum. Each lesson involves learning a new math concept and reviewing previous concepts. The goal is to master each concept before moving on to the next. This curriculum includes quizzes and tests.

Composition– Kindergarten composition focuses on Friendly Letters, stories, and holiday writing projects. Students are taught how to do an outline and write according to their level. Throughout the year, the teacher continually encourages and teaches the students to improve their writing skills.

Literature– Students pick and read books from the Literature list provided. This list is age and ability appropriate and choices are directed by the teacher. The goal is to show comprehension of the text read.

Phonics/Spelling– ACA uses the Spalding method to teach Phonics. In addition, students are given weekly spelling words that they study and are tested on.

Pattern Blocks– Pattern Blocks are designed to build thinking skills. Students fill in designated shapes with directed geometric blocks. The curriculum builds on knowledge learned and challenges the students on each level. After each set is completed, students receive a certificate signifying their readiness to move to the next level.

Dacta-is an ACA favorite in which the students and their team partner build a designated object or shape using LEGOS or wooden blocks. The goal of Dacta is to encourage building skills and critical thinking; all while having fun and learning teamwork.

Primary – First through Third Grade

Our Primary classes attend daily classes in Bible,  Memlok and Bible drills, mathematics (Horizons), Phonics and Spelling (Spaulding), Literature, Reading (Pathway), Composition including letters, essays, poetry and stories, pattern blocks, Dacta and Physical Education. Throughout each week there are additional classes which include Spanish, Choir, Physical Education, Art and Science (Apologia).

Learn more about Primary

Bible– Students engage in a Bible verse memorization curriculum called Memlok. Students love Memlok due to the energetic pace that’s customized to their learning ability. After completion of each topic (i.e. verses that focus on Deity, Sovereignty, Joy etc.) students receive a certificate of completion. Students participate in Bible Drills where they are quizzed by their teacher on memorization of topics such as the Ten Commandments, ten plagues, and the disciples, etc. Additionally, the students have Bible time everyday. A portion of Scripture is read and then questions are asked and discussed. The students write or draw in their Bible journals, depending on their individual abilities. Bible time concludes with prayer requests and a time of prayer.

Science– Primary students study science using Apologia which is a creation based curriculum. Each chapter includes many enjoyable experiments and projects. Currently, our Primary students are studying Botany.

Math– Primary students learn math concepts using Horizons curriculum. Each lesson involves learning a new math concept and reviewing previous concepts. The goal is to master each concept before moving on to the next.

Composition– Primary composition focuses on Friendly Letters, essay contests, poetry, stories, book reports and holiday writing projects. Students are taught how to do an outline and write according to their level. Throughout the year, the teacher continually encourages and teaches the students to improve their writing skills.

Literature– Students pick and read books from the Literature list provided. This list is age and ability appropriate and choices are directed by the teacher. After completing each book, the student will either give the teacher an oral review or will write a book report. The goal is to show comprehension of the text read.

Pattern Blocks– Pattern Blocks are designed to build thinking skills. Students fill in designated shapes with directed geometric blocks. The curriculum builds on knowledge learned and challenges the students on each level. After each set is completed, students receive a certificate signifying their readiness to move to the next level.

Dacta– is an ACA favorite in which the students and their team partner build a designated object or shape using LEGOS or wooden blocks. The goal of Dacta is to encourage building skills and critical thinking, all while learning to work as a team and having fun.

Elementary – Fourth through Sixth Grade

Our Elementary students attend classes in Bible,  Memlok and Bible drills, Mathematics (Saxon), Classical Children’s Literature (fiction, history, biographies), Composition that includes letters, essays, poetry stories, research papers and speeches, Grammar (Hake), Spelling, History (Story of the World), Science (Apologia), Geography , Dime, and Physical Education. Throughout each week there are additional classes which include Spanish, Choir, Physical Education and Art.

Learn more about Elementary

Bible-Bible for elementary students continues what was being done in primary. It centers around reading through books of the Bible together. There is much lively discussion followed by writing in their Bible journals. We use a systematic Bible memory system called Memlok. Memory verses are grouped around topical studies. Verses are reviewed on a regular basis.

MathSaxon math is used at the elementary level. Each lesson involves doing a speed drill, mental math, learning a new math concept, and reviewing previous concepts. The goal is to master each concept.

English-LiteratureStudents read literature from grade level lists of classic children’s literature. Comprehension is evaluated through oral discussions with the teacher, book reports, and study guide questions.

Grammar- We use Writing and Composition by Hake for grammar. It provides a thorough understanding of parts of speech and capitalization and punctuation rules. It also includes vocabulary development in each lesson.

Composition- We write many friendly letters, essays, reports, poetry, and short stories. Each spring we have a speech contest. Students learn how to write outlines and edit their writing.

History-In history elementary students study world history using The Story of the World. Students read the lessons and answer questions. There are many supplemental books used as well. Students enjoy many extra activities such as videos, games, and puppet shows to enhance their learning.

Science-Elementary students study science using Apologia which is a creation based curriculum. Topics studied include anatomy and physiology, astronomy, chemistry and physics. Each chapter includes many enjoyable experiments and projects. Math-Saxon math is used at the elementary level. Each lesson involves doing a speed drill, mental math, learning a new math concept, and reviewing previous concepts. The goal is to master each concept before moving on to the next.

Junior and Senior Academy – Seventh through Twelfth Grade

Our Junior and Senior Academy students attend core classes in Bible, Mathematics (Saxon), Science (Apologia), History (BJU Press), English: Grammar (Easy Grammar Plus Ultimate), Roots (English from the Roots Up) and Literature (Progeny press). Elective class options are Spanish, Art, Drama, Yearbook, Choir and Guitar. Our Senior Academy students (10th-12th grades) have additional opportunities to earn college credits through our partnership with Rio Salado, a Maricopa County Community College. Some of the classes available to them are: English, Writing, Communication, History, Economics, and Languages.

Learn more about Junior and Senior Academy

Bible- The Bible class at ACA is all about discipleship. We believe that the bible is true, therefore, what it has to say is of the utmost importance as we learn to follow Jesus. Whether you are new to the faith, have been a Christian for a long time, or exploring who Jesus is, this is the perfect class. Each week students are led through two days worth of discussion on a biblical theme of text. Students also spend time each week reading from a book written by a Christian author, then answering questions as well as discussing the application of that weeks materials. Besides reading and specific bible discussions, we occasionally play Bible trivia, do small group presentations and other learning activities that help us to be disciples that will one day make disciples.

Math- We utilize Saxon math curriculum, which is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. Saxon utilizes a spiral method of teaching that involves teaching a new mathematical concept every lesson, while continually reviewing old concepts. Each lesson consists of the following: Mental Math problems (only for math prior to Algebra I), new math concept, practice problems specific to new concept, and problems covering new and old concepts. Students are taught real-world applications, reasoning, and justification. Students will learn real-world problems for other subjects like physics and chemistry. “The incremental development and continual practice and review provide the time needed to master each concept. Meaningful connections and real-world applications build a solid foundation and confidence to continue taking mathematical courses through calculus and beyond“. –Saxon

ScienceThe ACA Science Department offers a comprehensive array of science class offerings for all levels of science proficiency. General Science and Physical Science are available at the junior high level. At the senior high level, General and Advanced Chemistry, General and Advanced Physics, General Anatomy, and General and Advanced Biology are available. Duel enrollment classes for college credit are also available in science, starting in 2016. All classes are lab-based and utilize STEM methodologies. Science classes are taught with the Individualized Instruction format with a Biblical, Christian worldview foundation.

HistoryACA History students will learn about major world civilizations and their cultures, religions, government, and economic systems through the biblical worldview curriculum created by Bob Jones University Press. The Junior Academy offers World Studies and American Republic. The Senior Academy includes Geography, U.S. History, Government, and Economics, all through a biblical worldview using individualized instruction. The classroom experience is enriched with educational web links, games, fun projects, video, maps, food and music.

English- This course is crafted to prepare students for college and a future career, while integrating Christ into every aspect of learning. Creativity with excellence is encouraged and expressed through numerous writing compositions and contests throughout the year. Public speaking with clarity and confidence is taught through a speech contest, and grammar skills are solidified and emphasized throughout all aspects of this course. Because reading comprehension is the foundation to all other learning, enlarging students’ vocabulary and understanding is emphasized in multiple areas: Latin and Greek root words—which are the building blocks from which many English words have been derived—are studied and memorized; old and new “classic” literature books are dissected for understanding, focusing on vocabulary and application to life; Middle Academy students demonstrate their comprehension through book reports, while Senior Academy students express understanding with literary analysis papers.

Spanish- Our Junior and Senior Academy Spanish courses utilize the Bob Jones Spanish curriculum as a base for this individualized learning course. The curriculum assists students in building a vocabulary base while learning to incorporate Spanish grammar concepts and punctuation. Students put into practice their knowledge by completing both oral and written exercises and also through memorization of dialogues and Bible verses provided in the text. In addition to the BJU text, students also expand their skills through translation and listening comprehension. They will read and translate children’s picture books and chapter books from Spanish to English and will complete listening comprehension exercises as they listen to Spanish praise and worship or educational songs. Game days, on which students may play games such as Spanish Scrabble or Jeopardy among others, allow them to put their skills into practice in a fun way. During this course students will learn how to ask and answer questions and describe people and events. As vocabularies expand students can carry on basic to intermediate conversations and be able to understand and respond to what they hear.

Art- Using individualized instruction, mastery of foundational art concepts is emphasized for each student at every level of ability. Challenging, God-glorifying projects are created with instruction in various media such as pencil, charcoal, color pencil, chalk and oil pastel, watercolor, gouache (opaque watercolor paint), and acrylic paint. Contests and special projects throughout the year encourage student creativity in various art styles. Students are also educated in an overview of art history and the works of the “masters” of art. Please see Course Descriptions for further information on Junior and Senior High curriculum.

Guitar- There is a place for everyone in guitar class. From the newest beginner to the advanced, using the individualized instruction method, each student progresses from whatever place they begin. The class has two aspects. First is the classical training. We are currently using books written by Charles Duncan called, “A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar.” Each week students practice at their own pace during class and at home. One day per week we have recitals where each student plays a song or melody that they have learned that week. The remaining four days are left for working on chords and song leading. Twice a year, students lead us all by performing individually and as a group as worship leaders.

Choir-  Students in choir will be working through the sight-singing course “S-cubed” which uses the Kodaly hand symbols system to teach solfege (do, re, mi…) and music reading and music theory.  There are written and oral daily drills and practice which aid in ear training and developing music theory skills such as learning notes and rhythms.  Students will also learn how to follow a director and musical cues, and the importance of focus and working together to achieve greater success in musical performance. Choral music, traditional songs and/or praise and worship will be worked on daily in a group or small group setting during each class allowing students to put into practice what they are learning and encouraging them to work towards constant mastery and improvement.. Some of the selections this year include: “Joyful, Joyful,” “Mary Did You Know,” “You Raise Me Up,” “Sing We All Noel,” “Come To Us Emmanual,” and “Guadeamus Hodie.”

Homeschool Support for First through Sixth Grade

Our homeschool support classes for Primary and Elementary aged children are designed to assist homeschooling families in several areas. Homeschooled children attend a full day of classes on Tuesday and Thursday each week. Classes include Bible, Memlok and Bible drills, Science, Pattern Blocks (Primary) DIME (Elementary), Composition that includes letters, essays, poetry and stories, Literature, Geography (Elementary), Dacta (Primary) and Physical Education. At least once per week, homeschool students will participate in Science, Art, Spanish and Choir classes.

Learn more about Primary and Elementary Homeschool Support

Bible- Students engage in a Bible verse memorization curriculum called Memlok. Students love Memlok due to the energetic pace that’s customized to their learning ability. After completion of each topic (i.e. verses that focus on Deity, Sovereignty, Joy etc.) students receive a certificate of completion. Students participate in Bible Drills where they are quizzed by their teacher on memorization of topics such as the Ten Commandments, ten plagues, and the disciples, etc. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the teacher and students have Bible time. A portion of Scripture is read and then questions are asked and discussed. The students write or draw in their Bible journals, depending on their individual abilities. Bible time concludes with prayer requests and a time of prayer.

Science- Both Primary and Elementary Homeschool students at ACA enjoy a rigorous, hands-on science curriculum. Our curriculum is creation based and each grade level is designed to ready the student for the next level. Currently, our Primary and Elementary Homeschool students are studying Chemistry and Physics.

Composition- Homeschool composition focuses on Friendly Letters, essay contests, poetry, stories, book reports and holiday writing projects. Students are taught how to do an outline and write according to their level. Throughout the year, the teacher continually encourages and teaches the students to improve their writing skills.

Literature- Students pick and read books from the Literature list provided. This list is age and ability appropriate and choices are directed by the teacher. After completing each book, the student will either give the teacher an oral review or will write a book report. The goal is to show comprehension of the text read.

Pattern Blocks (Primary)– Pattern Blocks are designed to build thinking skills. Students fill in designated shapes with directed geometric blocks. The curriculum builds on knowledge learned and challenges the students on each level. After each set is completed, students receive a certificate signifying their readiness to move to the next level.

Dacta (Primary)- is an ACA favorite in which the students and their team partner build a designated object or shape using LEGOS or wooden blocks. The goal of Dacta is to encourage building skills and critical thinking, all while learning to work as a team and having fun.

DIME (Elementary)- Our DIME program is designed to build thinking skills using geometry as well as enhance math and art skills. Students create specific patterns using geometric blocks. It is self paced, and requires manipulation of cube blocks to build increasingly difficult shapes. They are then taught to draw the 3d shapes.

G-Quest (Elementary)- G-Quest is a geography program designed to teach children how to utilize resources, such as an atlas, almanacs, encyclopedias, and globes. It is self paced but moves quickly. They play games and put together puzzle maps to further enhance their learning.

Spanish (Primary)-Primary Spanish students will utilize flashcards along with their Carson Dellosa Spanish workbooks to learn basic vocabulary such as numbers, feelings, family members, etc. They will also expand their listening skills to Spanish and learn new vocabulary by listening to stories read by the teacher or on CD and occasionally learning Spanish children’s songs.

Spanish (Elementary)- Elementary Spanish students will participate in Spanish class twice a week where they will learn basic questions, greetings and vocabulary. Each student will work learning vocabulary with flashcards and their Carson Dellosa Spanish books. Students will also expand their listening skills to the sounds of the Spanish language as they listen to stories in Spanish and try to translate them.

Homeschool Support for Seventh through Twelfth Grade

Our Junior High and High School Homeschool students are welcome to attend any of the classes that our full-time students attend, which are listed above in our Junior and Senior Academy descriptions. Our goal is to support the homeschooling parents in providing high level academic classes to enhance their education at home. Classes are attended daily.

ACSI Events

Ambassador Christian Academy is a member of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). We participate in school wide Spelling Bees and Math competitions. In addition to these competitions, ACA also enters several writing and art contests every year to further enhance learning. Competitions we have participated in are the ASU Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing and Art Competition, Daughters of the American Revolution Writing Contest, Letters About Literature Writing Competition, Arabian Horse Association of Arizona Art Contest, and Bluefire’s 1000 words for $1000, are a few of the examples. We hold our students to very high standards. They are encouraged daily to work to their highest God-given potential. Our curriculum is challenging and catered to our individualized learning model. In 2015, ACA earned recognition for being in the top 5 schools with the most winners for both art and essay contests with Grand Canyon University!

Extra-curricular Activities

We believe that learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Quarterly field trips are designed to enhance the learning that is taking place in the classroom and to expose the students to varied experiences throughout the year. Some examples of field trips our students have taken in the past are: Schnepf Farms, Childsplay, Feed My Starving Children Service Project, Arizona Science Center, San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Carrier Aircraft Tour. Please see our Events Page for further details on field trips and other events.