Curriculum and Structure
The foundation for our elementary curriculum rests upon ABeka Book materials; however, it is blended within varied grade levels with content from ACSI Bible, ACSI Spelling, Bob Jones Reading for grades 3-5, Scott Foresman’s D’nealian Handwriting, and Houghton Mifflin Math for grades 3-5. In addition to this base, learning is enriched and expanded through related classroom activities, field trips, and guests.
Students not only receive instruction and application for the core subjects of Bible, language, reading, math, science, social studies, and spelling but also Spanish, art, band (5th grade) , physical education, vocal music, and library. Each of these special areas integrate a Biblical worldview and subject specific skill work and challenges. Varied competitions, musical programs and concerts, conversational Spanish, running and physical fitness targets, an optional honors choir, and reading contests are such components.
A multitude of in-school and extracurricular opportunities afford students enjoyment and recognition and development of individual interests and strengths. In addition, development of talents and leadership skills prepare students for service in His kingdom.
Natural extensions of our learning environment provide opportunities to apply, enjoy, and foster student interests and strengths throughout the year. Our students strongly represent their Lord and school at the following competitions: ACSI Spelling Bee, Children’s All-State Choir, Deer Creek Band Festival, ACSI Speech Meet, Math Olympics, and fifth grade boys and girls participate in a Christian basketball league. First through fifth grade students have an opportunity to participate afterschool in our honor choir, Vivace. Periodically specific students participate in sharing with puppets or developing a stick ministry performance.
Sprinkled throughout the school year are a variety of experiences that enrich students, provide fun, and demonstrate His hand in life. The following are a sampling: National Day of Prayer, Happy Birthday, Jesus party, an annual book fair, Veterans’ Day observance, talent show, Easter Chapel, 89ers Day, Pastor Appreciation, winter and spring musical productions, birthday blessing days, grandparents day, Author Week, and other Friday fun days.
Opening and Chapel
Each student begins the day with the study of the Word. This may take the form of grade-level classroom lessons or for first through fifth grade, time together in the Commons. An official chapel takes place on Wednesday mornings. First through fifth grade students always attend, but pre-k and kindergarten students come when sharing is suited for them also. Each Friday, all elementary students come together for “Patriot Praise”, a time of praise and worship. Guests are welcome to attend also.
Outreach and Ministry
Because we desire to foster a love for serving the Lord, opportunities to touch others occur throughout the year. The cornerstone of this service to the local community comes the first Friday of every November when all students, staff, and families partner all-day with the City of Yukon for the Patriot Project. In addition to this, we have a “Missions Week” and yearly ministry opportunities exist related to areas such as the City Rescue Mission, specific missionaries, China Call, Foundation for Children with Cancer, Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree and local family needs etc.
Teachers and Staff
Individuals hired to minister at Southwest Covenant go through a specific screening process in an effort to assure that each is called by the Lord to a specific position and will carry out responsibilities with the utmost safety, care, and quality. All SWCS teachers hold teaching degrees from accredited institutions and participate in professional development. Teachers, staff, and administration maintain current Red Cross CPR and First Aid certification.
Parents are welcome to participate in the daily life of the elementary school. Each class has a homeroom parent to coordinate classroom needs, and parents may also volunteer to help with Friday Folders, assist in the library, be a lunchroom aide, attend Moms in Touch, join the e-prayer chain, Watch Dogs, or support and attend any variety of activity being conducted on the campus.
Whether dialogue related to individual students or notification and reminders of activities, needs are communicated to parents in a variety of ways. Personal notes and conferences, telephone calls, whole-school informative communications (normally predictably sent via the Friday Folder), e-mails, text messages, and RenWeb, our web school site for parents, are all available.