Grace Lutheran believes in educating the whole child. In addition to our excellent academic program, we introduce our young learners to a variety of activities designed to develop them spiritually, socially, physically, and academically.
Our full and half-day pre-kindergarten programs provide each child with a loving, fun, educational, and safe environment. We let each child know that God loves him/her, and so do we. Per Alabama state law, we require students to be four years old by September 1 to enroll.
Have you heard the phrase, "Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten"? This sums up a great year of learning at Grace Lutheran for our kindergarten classes.
In an atmosphere promoting spiritual growth and a positive self-concept, our kindergarteners enjoy experiences to encourage and support the development of each child’s God-given potential. We learn how to work as a team by doing many hands-on and relational activities that foster an understanding of basic skills, from our A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s, to practicing social etiquette and problem solving.
In first grade, students learn how to become independent learners as well as how to work together as a team. First graders begin to develop leadership skills such as cooperation, listening to each other, and making good choices. First grade is an exciting year when students learn phonics skills and reading, opening up a whole new world. Students participate in science projects and share what they learned with their classmates. First graders will also grow in their faith through memory verses, chapel, classroom devotions, and religion lessons.
Second Grade is a year of developing responsibility and for becoming more independent. Our basic educational goal in 2nd grade is to raise children who know that God is active in their daily lives and is their Savior. We encourage and teach by example how to become responsible, young citizens of our world. We provide ample opportunities for students to express themselves creatively.
Third grade students continue the journey of growing into independent learners. We strive to teach the whole child and lead the students in becoming more responsible for themselves and their assignments. While learning to get along with each other, they develop problem-solving skills. These skills enable them to become stronger leaders as well as learn to treat each other compassionately and practice the Golden Rule.
Fourth grade is a big transition year for students, as they work to become more independent and self-reliant. Fourth graders are naturally curious, enjoy learning, gladly help others, and share their faith in words and actions. Students at this level read to learn about new things as well as do activities which enable them to understand concepts through hands-on experiences. They do projects, which allow them to share information in creative ways while practicing organizational skills and independent decision-making. They become more proficient in budgeting their time and in completing multiple assignments in various subjects each day.
Our goal is to prepare students for a successful transition into middle school. We accomplish this goal with our “bridging program” designed to teach the skills of organization, responsibility, time management, and studying, as well as help them gain the spiritual maturity necessary for success in middle school and beyond.
We see each child as a unique individual who brings diversity to the classroom and promotes good peer relationships, teaching students how to be empathetic toward one another. We encourage and lift up the students in a Christian-based environment, helping them to become confident, secure individuals. It is our vision to equip these young minds to become leaders, disciples, and innovative thinkers through a well-rounded, intentionally diversified, educational experience.
We understand that the middle school years can be stressful for both students and their parents as they enter this next step in the educational ladder. Our staff and faculty work hard to create an educational and social environment to bridge the transition from the elementary grades to the middle school level.
Our middle school curriculum includes the following courses of study:
•Mathematics: general and advanced math
•History: American History 1900 to the present, world history, geography
•Science: earth, biology, physical
•Foreign language: Spanish
•Sports and physical education
•Music: band, Praise Team, bell choir
•Duke TIP Program
High School is a blended learning environment of long distance education through Alpha Omega Academy and live instruction on campus. Students have the ability to earn elective credits through an array of Career Technical Electives provided by Alpha Omega and Coursea. Students do not stay on campus all day long as we get our students out and into the community on a weekly basis helping make a difference.