THE LOWER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

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Welcome to Mount Paran Christian School’s Lower School!

Learning in the lower school is about broadening perspectives and developing minds. It's about…

  • studying specific skills while also mastering foundational strategies critical to life-long learning.
  • molding a growth mindset through perseverance and a positive attitude.
  • creating an atmosphere of empathy that celebrates students as unique creations of God; developing and engaging every student’s capacity for knowledge.

 

Most importantly, it's about developing a love of learning... for life. The Portrait of a Lower School Student guides and directs student learning experiences.

 

Lower School STEAM Garden

Qualified Teachers Make the Difference

Every teacher, including exploratory teachers, is a degreed, Georgia-certified educator. All kindergarten through second grade teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading approach. More than 50% of the lower school faculty is gifted-certified. Many hold advanced degrees in their field.

 

Small Student-Teacher Ratios

Small classes are what truly enable every student to be known and loved with personal attention and instruction. Class size is a limited low student-teacher ratio which enables teachers the ability to meet the needs of each student.

Grades K-2 have an average 11:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year.)

Grades 3-5 have an average 17:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year.)

Paraprofessionals assist teachers in all grades. Every classroom, preschool through second grade, has full-time paraprofessionals working alongside teachers and students.

Lower school counselors support students during classroom guidance lessons, small groups, and individual sessions to foster and encourage developmental growth socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually.

 

Covenant Relationship

Every teacher is dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating faith into all aspects of the school experience. Their desire is to truly KNOW each student, nurture their strengths, foster a growth mindset, and teach every student that they are part of God’s Divine plan.

Lower School Teachers

Age-Appropriate, Challenging Academics

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Proven Curriculum

Students receive standards-based instruction in Bible, math, language arts (reading, grammar, writing), science (STEAM), and social studies. Curriculum exceeds state requirements and prepares students with the qualifications needed for entrance into the MPCS middle school.

 

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Biblical Integration

Students participate in weekly chapels, daily Bible instruction, and prayer. Every subject is taught through the lens of biblical truth.

 

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Exploratories

Students participate in a different exploratory class each day. Rotations include:

  • Spanish
  • art
  • music
  • critical thinking
  • STEAM (science/technology),
  • physical education

P.E. and/or recess is offered every day of the week.

 

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Technology Integration

Technology is integrated across the curriculum during daily instruction through the use of mobile computer labs, iPads, and classroom interactive whiteboards. Programs and websites such as Code.org, Project Lead the Way, and other various instructional apps enable the use of technology throughout the school day.

 

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Media Center

The Myrick Media Center serves the lower school with print material and technology. Additionally, students participate in the Accelerated Reader Program and engage in Makerspace activities to challenge and inspire their creative thinking. Students have full accessibility to check out books so they may dive deeper into their learning and nourish their love for reading!

 

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Gifted Enrichment Program

The ENCORE enrichment program is designed to serve qualified gifted students in third through fifth grades. The program was created to challenge, stimulate, and stretch gifted and high achieving students.

The curriculum and instruction of the ENCORE program engage students with a focus on problem-solving, logical thinking, learning at a deeper level, and feeding natural curiosity through in-depth discovery. This program is an additional fee.

 

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Advanced Classes

Advanced language arts and math are offered to eligible fourth and fifth graders. These grades also switch classrooms for most subjects.

 

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Speech - Language Services

MPCS is pleased to provide an on-site certified and licensed, Speech-Language Pathologist to serve the students with speech services on the Mount Paran Christian School campus. The mission of Speech Pathology at MPCS is for our students to grow academically and socially by increasing their overall communication skills. In the areas of articulation, language, voice, and fluency, we evaluate and provide appropriate services to meet the individual communication needs of our students. It is also our goal to provide convenient, lower cost, academically-coordinated speech support for our students.

Fees for the speech program are set up on an annual school-year basis with services generally offered from August through May. MPCS provides weekly speech services, with exception for field trips, holidays, or illness.

 

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Directed Studies Program

MPCS was founded on the philosophy of working with different types of young learners to provide appropriate challenge and individual success. The Directed Studies program at MPCS supports non-traditional learners with mild learning differences including dyslexia. The Directed Studies program helps students develop a clear and confident understanding of their God-given gifts so they may pursue their passions and be successful throughout their journey of learning. Learn more about directed studies.

 

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Transitional K

MPCS offers a Transitional Kindergarten program available in kindergarten in unison with our Homeschool Hybrid (depending on demand). This program provides an extra year of learning for young five-year-olds or children that may need additional time for developmental or academic growth. This small class creates the opportunity for developmentally appropriate instruction with a focus on phonics and social skills. These students then move into Kindergarten or first grade the following year with a solid foundation needed for their academic career.

 

Lower School Students Dissection
Click to watch and experience MPCS Kindergarten
Lower School Playground
MPCS Third Grade Historical Person Studies

Lower School Highlights

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Clubs and Extracurriculars

Lower school clubs and opportunities to get involved include:

  • Lower School Musical
  • First® LEGO® League/STEAM clubs
  • Kid Chess Club
  • Grandparents' Day
  • Visual @rt Night and music performances
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Murray Arts Academy after-school dance and music lessons
  • MPC football family tailgates
  • Homeless Pet Club
     

 

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Arts and Athletics Opportunities

In fifth grade, students are offered orchestra, band, or chorus to enrich and expand their exploratory options. Fifth-grade students are eligible for no-cut sports on specific teams which compete in the Metro 10 league. Fourth and fifth-grade students are eligible to audition for the annual lower school musical.

 

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Community Service

The annual Family Serve Day allows lower school students to put servant-leadership into practice. They also are able to serve in various ways throughout the year with grade-level projects, food drives, ministry collections, and #BeKind activities.

 

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High School Role Models

MPCS lower school students have the unique opportunity to interact with students in upper grades at MPCS through school activities, tutoring, classroom mentorships, and athletic events.

 

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Field Trips

Each grade plans curriculum-specific field trips both on and off campus. Though always fun and age-appropriate, field trips engage learners with authentic experiences related to what's studied in the classroom.

 

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After-School Program

Our after-school program "Eagle Adventure Zone" for grades PK3-5th is offered every day until 6:00 p.m. Active play and focused hands-on learning are always taking place in EAZ! There is an additional fee for this service. 

Learn more about our extracurricular programs.

 

 

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