1 – 6th Grade (The Grammar Stages)
Though the word “grammar” is typically used to refer to linguistic structures and rules, we use this term to mean the foundational knowledge of not only language, but also history, theology, art, music, mathematics and science.
Young children are excited to discover the world around them. At Westside Christian Academy we seek to capture the natural curiosity of children by providing them with tools that will unlock the secrets of knowledge for them. Our curriculum not only helps to ground our novice learners in the fundamentals of subject area content, it also gives them the core of phonetics so that they will be able to read well independently and explore learning for themselves. Our primary grade students learn to read and write through a systematic approach from teachers who understand their unique grade-level needs.
Biblical Worldview Integration is a methodology of presenting material so that children can make connections between specific academics and the reality of a living, holy God. Each and every day even our youngest students are learning the truths about the character of God. Through our literature based reading program, students enjoy classic novels which are enhanced by multi-subject integration and a Christian worldview perspective. Advanced curricula in math and science allow wonderful opportunities for Christian worldview discussion. Latin helps students better understand our own language and gives them an advantage in both the literary and scientific realms of their education.
The Grammar School experience at WCA also includes twice weekly Art class, Music class and Physical Education. Field trips are planned at each grade level to give students a deeper interaction with our curriculum. Our students attend weekly chapels, regular morning assemblies and participate in community Adopt-a-Leader programs.
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“Moving our fifth-grader and third-grader to WCA was something we had been considering for years. We are so grateful that God led our family to finally make the decision and do so boldly, as the school has blessed us beyond our prayers. The curriculum has reignited our children’s love of learning, and by teaching with a Biblical worldview, the lessons they are bringing home challenge us as parents and grow our faith as well. The intentionality with which teachers, administrators, and fellow WCA families have embraced our kids and us as a family has been wonderful. When friends ask us if we’ll be back in public school as soon as the pandemic is over, we’re able to answer with a quick and definitive “No” – WCA is home.”
Steven & Kaitlin Lane
“When anyone asks us where our kids go to school, I always reply with “Westside Christian Academy, It was the best decision we ever made, hands down!” 5 years ago we had our oldest son enrolled in our local public school. We were very involved in our community, the local Early Childhood PTA, and both my husband and I went to public schools, so we did not even question where our kids would attend school.
Right about the time we enrolled our son for Kindergarten, it seemed that everywhere we turned; clients of ours, friends at church, and even neighbors started talking about WCA. A school we had never even heard of. They all, like us, not only said their kids attended, but that it was “the best decision they ever made.” One peer in our industry said that he would have taken out a second mortgage on his home if it meant sending his kids to WCA. With those strong statements, we felt the Lord leading us to learn more.
We started asking more questions to a WCA family who attended our church. They invited us to a school event and open house where I was intrigued by the Classical Christian Education model. In that same timeframe, I attended our Public Schools Kindergarten open house. I will never forget how different I felt at each. At the public school, the teachers were telling us what we needed to do as parents to make their lives easier. Make sure they are dressed, that they can zip their coats, that they are dropped off on time, etc… when I came to WCA’s open house, it was the exact opposite. The teachers and staff talked about how they were going to build into our kids, how they were going to teach them well to a higher standard, shepherd them in lieu of behavior modification methods, and teach them how much God loves them. After that night, it was clear to me where God was leading us.
I truly believe that WCA is one of the greatest blessings in our family’s lives. It’s been incredible watching this community build into our two boys teaching them how to love the Lord, to love others and to become not only good students, but to build up their integrity, their character and to become our future leaders. Sending our two boys to WCA is a decision we will never regret.”
The Huck Family
“Westside Christian Academy is truly a gem in the Cleveland area. Each year we are amazed at the growth and maturity that we see in our girls. This is largely due to the amazing teachers that shepard our children through everyday circumstances at school as well as the outstanding curriculum that builds each year. The structured environment allows our three girls to thrive – they love going to school, learning and even the memorization! In every part of their day they are taught to think with a biblical world view which is critical in the ever-changing world around us. WCA is a community of families that truly care about each other and value the present day application of the bible.”
Jeff & Becky Swartz