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Redwood Christian School Aligned Curriculum

We focus on nurturing the whole child through the following educational objectives:

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To integrate a Biblical worldview and spiritual formation into the standard curriculum

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To provide instruction that makes learning possible for all students and makes instruction interesting by enabling students to make connections between the classroom and real life, and fun

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To provide physical education that promotes fitness, athletic skills, fair play, and teamwork.

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To offer various opportunities for students to use God-given gifts and talents both in the classroom and out in the community

Academic Curriculum

The mission of RCS is to equip students for daily living and eternal life. This mission is accomplished through an integrated TK – 12th curriculum. We want our students to “Discover” the various stages of learning in a way that will stimulate, engage, and grow the young mind. An RCS student will not only be able to read, write, and problem solve, but also understand the world around them through a Biblical Worldview and independently grow in their relationship with God. We teach our students to possess the critical thinking skills necessary to truly understand an issue, and to seek God’s will in finding a solution.

Discover Fun – Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

By the end of Transitional Kindergarten, students will see that learning is fun through tactile and
interactive lessons led by caring and enthusiastic educators.

Transitional Kindergarten

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Old Testament and New Testament Stories

Reading:

  • Open Court Reading
  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Sequencing

Writing:

  • Letters of the Alphabet
  • Capitalization
  • Sentences
  • Handwriting (Fine Motor) Skills

Math:

  • Patterns
  • Number Concepts (0-99)
  • Money

Science:

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
  • Ocean Life
  • Things that Grow
  • Space

Social Studies:

  • Patriotism
  • Seasons
  • Holidays
  • Social Skills
Kindergarten

Bible

  • Old and New Testament Survey

Reading:

  • Open Court Reading
  • Basic Phonics
  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Sequencing

Writing:

  • Introduction to Jane Schaeffer Writing Terminology
  • Letters, Numbers, and Objects
  • Concrete Details
  • Sentence Construction (3- to 4-Word Sentences)
  • Handwriting
  • Developing Fine Motor Skills

Math:

  • Writing and Counting to 20
  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Math Facts: Addition and Subtraction
  • Money
  • Time

Science:

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
  • Trees
  • Weather
  • Animals

Social Studies:

  • Patriotism
  • American culture

Discover Adventure – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades

By the end of third grade, students will have become independent explorers who have a sense of wonder and excitement about discovering God’s world.

1st Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament

Reading

  • Open Court Reading
  • Phonograms
  • Reading Anthologies
  • Book Reports
  • Victory Drill

Writing

  • Introduction to the Jane Schaffer Writing Program
  • Capitalization and Punctuation
  • Complete Sentences
  • Spelling
  • Parts of Speech

Math

  • Math Drill
  • Number Sense
  • Counting
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Part/Whole
  • Word Problems
  • Time
  • Measurement
  • Money

Science

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
  • Sound and Light
  • Plants and Animals (interdependent relationships in ecosystems)

Social Science

  • Rules and Citizenship
  • People and Places
  • Changes Over Time
  • Maps
  • U.S. Symbols
  • Cultures and Traditions
  • Goods and Services
2nd Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Character development

Reading

  • Open Court Reading
  • Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Book Reports
  • Oral Presentations

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Chunk Paragraphing
  • Sentence Construction
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Parts of Speech

Math

  • Math Drill
  • Number Sense
  • Math Facts: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication
  • Word Problems
  • Money
  • Time
  • Measurement

Science

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
  • Solids and Liquids (structure and properties of matter)
  • Pebbles, Sand and Silt (Processes that shape the earth)

Social Science

  • Geography
  • Ancestry
  • Producers and Consumers
  • Community Responsibilities
  • Federal, State, and Local Government Functions
3rd Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Life of Jesus

Reading

  • Open Court Reading
  • Reading Strategies
  • Book Reports

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: One Chunk Paragraphs
  • Editing Sentences
  • Narrative Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Two Parts of Speech
  • Cursive

Math

  • Math Drill
  • Division
  • Number sense
  • Word problems
  • Time
  • Measurement

Science

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
  • Motion and Matter (forces and interactions)
  • Structures of Life

Social Science

  • The four Regions in California
  • Rules and Laws in the United States and California

Discover Motivation – 4th and 5th Grades

By the end of fifth grade, students will have been given the tools to persevere through difficult course work and will be prepared to take on the academic requirements in Middle School.

4th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • The Gospel
  • Christian Living

Reading

  • Open Court reading
  • Reading strategies
  • Novels

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program – One-Chunk and Two Chunk Paragraphs
  • Pre Writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Parts of Speech
  • Cursive

Math

  • Math Facts: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division
  • Long Multiplication
  • Long Division
  • Fractions
  • Word Problems

Science

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
  • Energy
  • Soils, Rocks and Landforms (Process that shape the earth)

Social Science

  • Native American History in California
  • California Missions
  • Western Expansion and the California Gold Rush
5th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Daily Devotions

Reading

  • Accelerated Reader Program/Individualized Reading Instruction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Fiction

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Two Two-Chunk Paragraphs
  • Informative Writing
  • Spelling
  • Research Report

Math

  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Introduction to Geometry
  • Operations of Fractions and Decimals
  • Percent
  • Ratios
  • Operations of Natural Numbers
  • Word Problems

Science

  • Full Option Science System (FOSS)
  • Mixtures and Solutions (Structure and properties of matter)
  • Earth and Sun

Social Science

  • Early American History
  • Colonial Times
  • American Revolution
  • Locations and Capitals of All 50 States

Discover Thinking – 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades

By the end of eighth grade, students will have learned the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to engage in a full and enriched high school academic program.

6th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • New Testament Structure and Narrative
  • New Testament Theology

Reading

  • Fiction and Nonfiction Text
  • Short Stories
  • Novels
  • Dramas
  • Comparing and Contrasting Media
  • Cause and Effect.
  • Citing Text
  • Inferences
  • Central Idea

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Multiple Two Chunk Paragraphs
  • SAT Vocabulary Program
  • Informative Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Constructing sentences and paragraphs
  • Sentence structure
  • Grammar

Math

  • SAT Math Program
  • Ratio
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Measurement - Area, Surface Area, and Volume.
  • Statistical Variability
  • Data Distributions
  • Word Problems

Science

  • Creationism
  • Periodic Table of Elements
  • Atomic Structure
  • Atoms
  • States of Matter
  • Acids, Bases, and pH
  • Introduction to the Mechanics of Motion
  • Kepler’s Law of Motion
  • Astronomy
  • The Hertzaprung-Russell (H-R) diagram
  • Telescope Technology

Social Science

  • Ancient World History
  • Physical and Political Geography
7th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Old Testament
  • Old Testament Theology

Reading

  • Fiction Novels
  • Non-Fiction Reading
  • Citing Textual Evidence
  • Parts of Speech
  • Text Analysis
  • Theme

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Three Three-Chunk Paragraphs
  • SAT Vocabulary Program
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Argument/Opinion Writing

Math

  • SAT Math Program
  • Foundations of Numbers and Operations
  • Algebra and Problem Solving
  • Data Analysis and Probability
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Word Problems

Science

  • Classification of Living Things
  • Cell Structure and Cellular Respiration
  • Genetics
  • Biblical Creationism vs. Biological Evolution
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates and Vertebrates
  • The Ecosystem
  • Functions of the Body

Social Science

  • Middle Ages and Early Modern Era.
  • Cultural Studies
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Research and Analysis
8th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Worldviews
  • Origin
  • Purpose
    Morality
  • Ethics

Reading

  • Dramatic literature
  • Novel Structure
  • Character development
  • Conflict and Thematic Elements

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Four Three-chunk paragraphs
  • SAT Vocabulary Program
  • Argument/Opinion Writing
  • Poetic Writing
  • Compound and Complex Sentences

Pre-Algebra

  • SAT Math Program
  • Order of Operations
  • Rational Numbers Operations
  • Algebraic Equations and Inequalities
  • Rational Numbers and Exponents
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Geometric shapes
  • Bar Graphs and Histograms
  • Variables, Equations and Exponents
  • Integers
  • Factor Trees, Greatest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple
  • Scientific Notation
  • Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Decimals and Percents
  • Distributive Property
  • Angles

Algebra 1

  • SAT Math Program
  • Solving for a variable
  • Linear functions
  • Inverse Operations
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Exponential Growth and Decay
  • Exponential functions
  • Statistics and Statistical Charts

Science

  • The Atmosphere
  • Weather
  • The Ocean
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Introduction to Physics

Social Science

  • United States History (to 1914)
  • Geography

Discover Application – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades

By the time students graduate RCS, they will be able to apply Biblical Truth and use all of the skills and content learned to be fully equipped for daily living and eternal life.

9th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Scripture Exposition
  • Christian Growth
  • Christian Maturity
  • The Inductive Bible Study Method

Reading

  • Literature Survey
  • Novel Analysis
  • Plays
  • Poetry

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Multiple Chunk Paragraph Writing
  • SAT Vocabulary Program
  • Informative Writing
  • Grammar: Eight Parts of Speech
  • Research Paper Writing
  • Timed Writing

Algebra 1

  • SAT Math Program
  • Solving for a variable
  • Linear functions
  • Inverse Operations
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Exponential Growth and Decay
  • Exponential functions
  • Statistics and Statistical Charts

Geometry

  • SAT Math Program
  • Geometric Reasoning (proofs)
  • Classifying Triangles
  • Triangle Congruence
  • Attributes of Polygons and Quadrilaterals
  • Trigonometry
  • Transformational Geometry
  • Properties of Triangles
  • Volume, Area, and Angles of Polygons
  • Similar Triangles
  • Trigonometric Functions

World History (AP and College Prep)

  • The Roots of Democracy
  • Philosophy in the Age of Reason
  • Nationalism and Industrial Change
  • Imperialism and Conflict
10th Grade
  • Bible
  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Scripture Exposition
  • Book of Acts
  • Historicity of the Bible
  • Reading
  • Non-Fiction and Informational Text
  • World literature
  • Novel Analysis
  • Plays
  • Poetry
  • Mythology
  • Greek Roots
  • Cloze Reading

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program: Multiple Chunk Paragraph Writing
  • SAT Vocabulary Program
  • Informative Writing
  • Response Writing
  • Timed Writing
  • Opinion/Argument Writing

Geometry

  • SAT Math Program
  • Geometric Reasoning (proofs)
  • Classifying Triangles
  • Triangle Congruence
  • Attributes of Polygons and Quadrilaterals
  • Trigonometry
  • Transformational Geometry
  • Properties of Triangles
  • Volume, Area, and Angles of Polygons
  • Similar Triangles
  • Trigonometric Functions

Algebra 2

  • SAT Math Program
  • Parent Functions and Transformations
  • Advanced Simplification of Algebraic Expressions
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Exponents and Logarithms
  • Right Triangle Trigonometry

Algebra 2 with Trigonometry

  • SAT Math Program
  • Parent Functions and Transformations
  • Advanced Simplification of Algebraic Expressions
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Exponents and Logarithms
  • Right Triangle Trigonometry
  • Foundations of Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Foundations of Trigonometry
  • The Unit Circle
  • Solving Triangles
  • Rewrite Reciprocal and Pythagorean trigonometric identities
  • Introduction to Conic Sections

Biology (Honors and College Prep)

  • Cells and Genetics
  • Discovery Voyage
  • Origins of Life: Creation and Evolution
  • Plants and Animals
  • Human Biology
  • Dissections and STEM Labs
  • Bioethical Issues
11th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Scripture exposition
  • Decision Making
  • New Testament Theology

Reading

  • American Literature.
  • Non-fiction Essays and Articles
  • Literature Analysis
  • Analytical Reading for Summarization

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program
  • SAT Vocabulary Program
  • Argument/Opinion Writing
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Timed Writing
  • Research and Analytical Writing
  • Lab Reports

Algebra 2 with Trigonometry

  • SAT Math Program
  • Parent Functions and Transformations
  • Advanced simplification of Algebraic expressions (including: order of operations, combining like terms, distributive property, properties of exponents, and solving for a variable)
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Exponents and Logarithms
  • Right Triangle Trigonometry
  • Foundations of Rational Expressions and Equations
  • Foundations of Trigonometry
  • The Unit Circle
  • Solving Triangles
  • Rewrite Reciprocal and Pythagorean Trigonometric Identities
  • Introduction to Conic Sections

Advanced Math

  • SAT Math Program
  • Domain and Range of Functions
  • Input and Output Values of a Function
  • Translations of functions
  • Parent Functions and Transformations
  • Trigonometry
  • The Unit Circle with Reference Angles and Trigonometric Identities
  • Laws of Exponents and Laws of Logarithms
  • Algebraic and Geometric Sequences

Chemistry (AP and College Prep)

  • Matter and Energy
  • Atoms and Miles
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Equations and Reactions
  • Stoichiometry
  • States of Matter
  • Acids and Bases
  • Reaction Rates

Physical Science

  • Matter and Energy
  • Acids and Bases
  • Periodic Table
  • States of Matter
  • Biotic Chemistry (ex: Photosynthesis and respiration equations)
  • Basic Thermodynamics
  • Aerodynamics and Flight
  • Solar System
  • Geology/Earth Structure
  • Paleontology/Fossilization
  • Uniformitarianism vs Catastrophism
  • Levels of an Ecosystem/Interconnectivity of Biotic and Abiotic

U.S. History (AP and College Prep)

  • American Domestic and Foreign Policy (1700s-present)
  • American Government and Political Ideas
  • American Military Engagements
  • American Social Issues
  • American Cultural History
12th Grade

Bible

  • Weekly Memory Verses
  • Ethics
  • Apologetics
  • Christian Service
  • Evangelism

Reading

  • Poetry Analysis
  • Literary Analysis in Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • British Literature

Writing

  • Jane Schaffer Writing Program
  • SAT Vocabulary Program
  • Argument/Opinion Writing
  • Timed Writing
  • Writing STEM Lab Reports

Advanced Math

  • SAT Math Program
  • Domain and Range of Functions
  • Input and Output Values of a Function
  • Translations of functions
  • Parent Functions and Transformations
  • Trigonometry
  • The Unit Circle with Reference Angles and Trigonometric Identities
  • Laws of Exponents and Laws of Logarithms
  • Algebraic and Geometric Sequences

AP Calculus (AB)

  • SAT Math Program
  • Limits
  • Finding the Y-Value a Function is Approaching
  • Derivatives
  • Derivative Rules, Related Rates, Position, Velocity, Acceleration
  • First and Second Derivative Test, First and Second Fundamental Theorem
  • Integrals
  • Area and Volume, Riemann Sums, Disc and Washer Method
  • Trigonometry Deriving and Integrating

Physics

  • Kinetics
  • Gravity
  • Properties of Matter
  • Light
  • Heat
  • Sound

Economics (AP and College Prep)

  • Scarcity, Choice, and Opportunity Costs
  • Comparative Advantage, Specialization, and Trade
  • Economics from a Biblical Worldview
  • Supply and Demand
  • The Role of Government

Government

  • Biblical Understanding of Human Government
  • Formation of US government
  • Functions of Each Branch of Government
  • Declaration of Independence and Constitution
  • Analysis of Supreme Court Decisions
  • Key Roles of Political Parties
  • Liberal and Conservative Philosophies

Understanding the Times (UTT)

  • Epistemology
  • Worldviews
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Analytical Writing
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology

Speech

  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
  • Organization
  • Pronunciation and Enunciation
  • Discernment
  • Gathering data

Foundational Programs

In addition to an aligned college prep curriculum TK through 12th grade, these are the foundational of a Redwood Christian Schools education that are used to support the academic program in order to:

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Elementary

Academic Assistance Program
A Redwood Christian Schools program designed to assist students with specific learning disabilities and other challenges that prevent them from being successful in our standard program.

Accelerated Reader Lexile Reading
A part of student’s weekly library time.  The Accelerated Reader Lexile program is a scientific approach to measuring students’ reading ability and the text complexity of reading materials.  Using Accelerated Reader, students are able to track the reading grade level and select books of appropriate complexity.

Aligned Bible Curriculum
In addition to an integrated Biblical Worldview in all lessons, the Redwood Christian Elementary curriculum includes dedicated Bible instruction which is aligned Tk through 5th grade.  

Art
Visual art education is essential to educating the whole child, and elementary art at Redwood Christian Elementary offers students the chance to create, experiment, and explore different techniques and mediums of art.

Daily Physical Education
Each day, students participate in physical education.  An emphasis is placed on caring for our physical bodies in order to be of better service to God, and units include physical fitness, cooperation games/team building, individual sports, and team sports.

FOSS Science
A STEM-based approach to studying science as students observe, investigate, and create based on their experiments.  In addition, students learn the skills necessary for scientific inquiry and critical thinking.

Jane Schaffer Writing
A writing system that begins in early elementary with basic sentences structure and by upper elementary, students are writing multiple paragraphs.   The program includes a structured, logical, and systematic way of writing.

Jump Start Reading Program
A Redwood Christian Schools program that consists of groups of two to six students meeting twice per week with a reading specialist.  Help and encouragement are provided to enhance the skill of reading and writing.

Math Drill
The Math Drill book is a supplemental training aid for students to learn and practice math facts including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  The Math Drill program has helped students calculate quickly and accurately providing the foundation of success as they grow into more advanced math courses.

Pull Out K-1 Math and Science Program
A Redwood Christian Schools program designed to either assist or challenge learning for selected students.  Lesson plans are personalized and based on specific target skills.

Saxon Math
Effective math concept development involves incremental, recursive skill instruction which allows a student to learn, practice, and review concepts.  The Saxon curriculum supplements the classroom teacher’s lesson on math concepts and theory.

Upper Elementary Electives
Grades 4 and 5 have the choice of afternoon elective enrichment lessons including Leadership, Spanish, Robotics, or Study Hall.

Victory Drill
The Victory Drill book is a supplemental training aid for our young readers to learn and practice the most common phonics introduced in a systematic way.  The Victory Drill program has helped students read more fluently and accurately.

Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)
Grades 3 through 5 participate once per WrAP each semester.  WrAP is a direct measure of student writing achievement and serves as a tool to help RCS teachers pinpoint specific strengths and weaknesses of their students’ written expression and tailor lessons accordingly.

Middle School

Academic Assistance Program
A Redwood Christian Schools program designed to assist students with specific learning disabilities and other challenges that prevent them from being successful in our standard program.

Aligned Bible curriculum
In addition to an integrated Biblical Worldview in course lessons, the Redwood Christian Elementary curriculum includes dedicated Bible instruction which is aligned TK through 5th grade. 

Daily P.E.
Each day, students participate in physical education.  An emphasis is placed on caring for our physical bodies in order to be of better service to God, and units include physical fitness, cooperation games/team building, individual sports, and team sports.

Electives
Grades 6-8 have the choice of elective classes including Art, Audio/Visual, Band, Choir, Coding, Computer Literacy, Drama, Journalism, Leadership, Organizational Skills, Spanish, Study Skills, and Yearbook.

Jane Schaffer Writing
A writing system that begins in early elementary with basic sentences structure and by upper elementary, students are writing multiple paragraphs.   The program includes a structured, logical, and systematic way of writing.

Project-based Learning in Science
RCS Project Based Learning in Middle School Science classes offer students the opportunity to engage in a dynamic classroom model where students acquire a deeper knowledge of scientific principles through active exploration of real-world challenges, problems, and scientific topics. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to questions, develop hypotheses, and work in teams to come to conclusions and make connections. The RCS Project Based Learning method used in grades 6-8 help students develop the skills to prepare them take on STEM-styled labs in grades 9-12.

SAT Math prep
SAT Math program where math teachers discuss mathematical vocabulary, work through SAT styled problems each day, and use Khan Academy as a resource when students are struggling. A test-taking strategy is also introduced and demonstrated to show students what to do when faced with certain types of question. A quiz at the end of the week is given on the problems reviewed in class that week.

SAT Vocabulary program
The MSHS SAT Vocabulary program is designed to increase vocabulary mastery and word choice usage for classroom content and standardized testing. The SAT Vocabulary program is designed so that grade-level vocabulary words are studied, taught, and assessed by all core curricular classes within the first five minutes of all academic classes with the exception of Math. Each grade level has a set of vocabulary words that are recursively taught and formatively checked throughout the week. At the end of each week, students are assessed on their understanding of the word list by each core subject instructor.

Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)
WrAP is a test that directly measures student writing achievement and serves as a tool to help classroom teachers pinpoint specific strengths and weaknesses of their students’ written expression. Students in grades 3-12 are tested to help examine student writing and compare the results to similar schools. The WrAP test is scored both holistically and analytically, to provide more detailed feedback with reports that leverage technology to add meaning to results.

High School

Academic Assistance Program
A Redwood Christian Schools program designed to assist students with specific learning disabilities and other challenges that prevent them from being successful in our standard program.

Advanced Placement classes
RCS offers the following AP courses.  These are rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students an opportunity to gain the skills and experience colleges recognize. AP Calculus, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP U.S. History, and AP World History.

Aligned Bible Curriculum
In addition to an integrated Biblical Worldview in course lessons, the Redwood Christian High School curriculum includes dedicated Bible instruction which is aligned 9th through 12th grade.

Electives
Grades 9-12 have the choice of elective classes including Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Art I, Art II, Art III, Art IV, Advanced Math, Audio/Visual, Band, Calculus, Chapel Leadership, Choir, Christian Ministry, Creative Writing, Drama, Honors Biology, Honors English, Mandarin, Physics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Statistics, Study Hall, and Yearbook.

Jane Schaffer Writing
A writing system that begins in early elementary with basic sentences structure and by upper elementary, students are writing multiple paragraphs.   The program includes a structured, logical, and systematic way of writing.

SAT Math Prep
SAT Math program where math teachers discuss mathematical vocabulary, work through SAT styled problems each day, and use Khan Academy as a resource when students are struggling. A test-taking strategy is also introduced and demonstrated to show students what to do when faced with certain types of question. A quiz at the end of the week is given on the problems reviewed in class that week.

SAT Vocabulary Program
The MSHS SAT Vocabulary program is designed to increase vocabulary mastery and word choice usage for classroom content and standardized testing. The SAT Vocabulary program is designed so that grade-level vocabulary words are studied, taught, and assessed by all core curricular classes within the first five minutes of all academic classes with the exception of Math. Each grade level has a set of vocabulary words that are recursively taught and formatively checked throughout the week. At the end of each week, students are assessed on their understanding of the word list by each core subject instructor.

STEM-style Labwork
RCS STEM-Styled labs explore a variety of approaches and activities to delve into the laboratory process and scientific method. Teachers use inquiry-based teaching methodologies where students actively seek answers in pursuit of scientific understanding found throughout the Science Department in grades 9-12.

Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)
WrAP is a test that directly measures student writing achievement and serves as a tool to help classroom teachers pinpoint specific strengths and weaknesses of their students’ written expression. Students in grades 3-12 are tested to help examine student writing and compare the results to similar schools. The WrAP test is scored both holistically and analytically, to provide more detailed feedback with reports that leverage technology to add meaning to results.

iLearn@RCS

The vision for iLearn@RCS is to utilize a Biblical Worldview while providing 21 st century living and learning skills. RCS has integrated educational technology through iPads into the existing TK through 12th curriculum. The 21 st century living and learning skills are commonly grouped into four categories:

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Ways of Thinking

Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and learning

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Communication and Collaboration

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Tools for Working

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and information literacy

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Skills for Living in the World

Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility

As a Christian school, we are called to teach the students God has placed into our classrooms, and this means we have to adapt how and what we teach in order to better reach and educate the children under our care for success in this life and the next.

A major component of daily living in the 21 st century is the proliferation of readily accessible technology. Today’s students are digital natives – they have grown up in a world of technology. RCS will continue to provide the best means of communication for our students and provide learning iLearn Photo 1 iLearn Photo 2 iLearn Photo 3 iLearn Photo 4 opportunities for students to have the best compatible skills for a growing digital world.

Academic Benchmarks

A Redwood Christian Schools education has high academic standards. Our goals for academic benchmarks are to provide fair, valid, and reliable standardized assessments that produce meaningful results and to inform our faculty in order to enhance their classroom teaching practices. Administrators and faculty analyze student progress multiple times per year in the following assessments.

TerraNova

Students in grades K-5 participate in the TerraNova 3 standardized testing each year. The TerraNova 3 is a nationally normed assessment system designed to measure concepts, processes, and skills taught throughout the nation; in addition to measuring individual student growth.

Math Diagnostic Testing Program (MDTP)

The MDTP diagnostic readiness tests are formatively used to promote and support student readiness and success in college mathematics courses. The program begins in 5th grade and continues through 12th grade in which math students take the MDTP two times per year to measure their progress. The MDTP helps us track a student’s progress in math in both the current year and over time.

Degrees of Reading Power (DRP)

The DRP is a measure of literacy skills, meant to measure a student’s comprehension of text passages. While many other assessments test reading “skills,” like phonetics, vocabulary, and mastery of sentence structure, DRP measures a student’s overall ability to comprehend and critically absorb passages of text. The DRP helps us track student’s reading comprehension growth over time. Middle school and high school students take the DRP in both the Fall and the Spring semesters.

Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)

WrAP is a direct measure of student writing achievement and serves as a tool to help RCS teachers pinpoint specific strengths and weaknesses of students’ written expression. The WrAP assesses a student’s ability to use stimulus-based writing prompts to develop analytical writing in the genres Narrative, Informative, and Argument/Opinion writing.

Biblical Integration

Redwood Christian education is founded on a Biblical Worldview. Students demonstrate their faith and understating of how to apply the Scriptures to each of their learning experiences through creative lessons developed by the RCS faculty such as:

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Mission Projects
in grade 4

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Animated Inventors
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The value of human life
in grade 10 Biology

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Challenging and communicating a Biblical worldview in grade 12

There is a common thread that weaves throughout all of RCS programs. RCS provides a Christ- centered education equipping students for daily living and eternal life. The faculty teaches through the lens of Scripture so that students will have a transformed worldview. Daily instruction has, at its core, the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Students are taught all subjects with the principles of salvation, spiritual growth, Biblical theology, Scriptural content, books of the Bible, Biblical historiography, Christian worldview, and a continuity of mission mindedness that creates the common goals of promoting the glory of God and knowing Him personally. RCS uses the ACSI Bible curriculum for our elementary program that allows teachers to use the Biblical model to inform and infuse the instructional program.