Our school has flourished over the years to become the outstanding institution that it is. Each day as you walk through our hallways, you can see our mission to educate moral, thoughtful, caring, Christian citizens come alive in every one of our school classrooms.
The lower school consists of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades one through four. We strive to keep our class size to around 20 students, which allows for multiple opportunities for individual attention for each student. Every lower school teacher dedicates him or herself to fulfilling the school’s mission in our students by creating numerous learning opportunities daily in a safe and nurturing environment. Teachers are able to get to know each individual student in his or her classroom on a personal and academic level thus helping them to individualize instruction for all the student in their classroom.
Our lower school has a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum helping students achieve academic excellence. Kindergarten through grade four use the Saxon Math™ program while kindergarten through second grade use the Saxon Phonics™ program. Each grade focuses on literacy, spelling, grammar, writing, math, science, and social studies. Lower school teachers are trained in the Responsive Classroom® approach to teaching and classroom management.
Academic excellence in our students is clearly reflected in our Stanford Achievement Test results. All grades performed above grade level on these tests.
The average grade equivalents for the complete SAT 10 test for grade one was 2.6, grade two was 4.4, grade three was 6.6, and grade four was 6.2. All grades scored at or above the 50th percentile on the National Grade Percentile Rank. Over 80% of our grade three and four students attain Honor Roll status (all A’s and B’s) each academic quarter. (Honor roll is for grades three through eight.)
As you walk down the hallway of the lower school at BJAMS, you will hear all the sights and sounds of great learning happening. Each classroom is filled with bright displays and bulletin boards boasting students’ learning and accomplishments. Children and teachers are talking, discussing, sharing, and laughing together. It is truly a place in which you know the best learning is happening!