Enrichment

City Tree Christian School offers students a variety of enriching experiences. Our downtown location provides a geographically concentrated group of resources, such as: theater and musical performances, Balboa Park, and many museums. As part of the regular school day, all students use technology, attend music classes, receive Spanish instruction, and visit the library. Students can choose to participate in athletics and other extra curricular activities such as musical groups, service opportunities, clubs, and after school classes. Assistance is available to students who need additional help to be successful in academic subjects. Students are given many opportunities, a rich learning environment is provided, and students are challenged to excel.

 

Preschool

  Elementary   Middle School   Time
Academic Support     x   x   *
Art x   x   x   o
Band     x   x   *
Basketball     x   x   [
Chapel Band         x   [
Choir     x   x   [
Clubs     x   x   [
Dance Classes x   x       [
Field Trips x   x   x   o
Garden x   x   x   o
Guitar     x   x   [
Home Economics         x   o
Karate x   x   x   [
King's Daughters     x   x   [
Library x   x   x   o
Music x   x   x   *
Park Days     x       o
Physical Education x   x   x   o
Piano x   x   x   [
Play Ball x   x   x   [
Scouts     x   x   [
Spanish x   x   x   *
Special Trips     x   x   o
Student Council     x   x   [
Student Store x   x   x   *
Technology x   x   x   o
Theatre Arts         x   o
Volleyball     x   x   [

 Offerred as Part of the Regular Program
 After School Opportunity
 Offered as part of the Regular Program AND as an After School Opportunity

Academic Support

Elementary, Grades K-5:

Title 1 Assistance Program
The goal of City Tree Christian School’s Title 1 Program is to assist children who are struggling in specific academic areas, commonly language arts or math. The program helps children decrease learning deficits and show scholastic gains. Teachers recommend student who might benefit from this additional support, but students also must meet residential requirments established by the funding source.  If a parent has concerns about their child’s academic progress and feels that the program might be of benefit, they should discuss these concerns with their child’s teacher.

Students who qualify for the Title 1 help are placed in a pullout program. They typically meet with the Title 1 Teacher one time per week in a small group setting. The classroom teacher and Title 1 Teacher develop an individual plan for each student based on his or her needs. There is not additional charge for this porgram, it is federally funded.

Middle School, Grades 6-8:

Math Tutoring
Math tutoring is available 2 days each week for any 6th-8th grade student. The math teacher will identify days and times at the beginning of each year and make that information available for students and parents. Students do not need to be enrolled in the after school program to attend. Student attendance may be recommended by teachers or chosen by students or parents. Students may attend tutoring to receive help in specific areas of struggle with math, to be in the presence of someone who is versed in the subject, or simply to have a quiet place to do their homework.

Title 1 Assistance Program
The goal of City Tree Christian School’s Title 1 Program is to assist children who are struggling in specific academic areas, commonly language arts or math. The program helps children decrease learning deficits and show scholastic gains. Teachers recommend student who might benefit from this additional support, but students also must meet residential requirments established by the funding source.  Students who qualify for the Title 1 help are placed in a pullout program. They typically meet with the Title 1 Teacher one time per week in a small group setting. The subject matter teacher, Middle School Director, and Title 1 Teacher develop an individual plan for each student based on his or her needs.There is not additional charge for this porgram, it is federally funded.

After School:

Math Tutoring
Math tutoring is available 2 days each week for any 6th-8th grade student. The math teacher will identify days and times at the beginning of each year and make that information available for students and parents. Students do not need to be enrolled in the after school program to attend. Student attendance may be recommended by teachers or chosen by students or parents. Students may attend tutoring to receive help in specific areas of struggle with math, to be in the presence of someone who is versed in the subject, or simply to have a quiet place to do their homework.

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Art

Preschool:

Children in preschool get many hands-on art experiences each week. They explore and gain experience with many materials and medium during their creative art process. Emphasis is placed on the process rather than on the finished product. Art is a wonderful opportunity for children to express their creativity and also helps develop small motor and eye hand coordination. Part of the art experience is the satisfaction and pride children feel when family members take time to ask questions about their work.

Elementary School:

Art Classes
All K-5 students attend hour long classes, ever other week, with our art teacher, Ms. Estrada. Lessons are aligned to the California State Fine Art Standards. Students learn about the different elements of art, as well as famous artists. Graphite, chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolors, tempura, clay, paper collage, printmaking, markers, yarn, weaving looms are some of the mediums children use in a wide-range of two and three dimensional art projects.

Student work is displayed through several Art Shows during the school year. Special class projects are auctioned off at our school’s annual Gala Dinner Auction. Classes with the art teacher are taught in a separate art room. A ceramics kiln is on site for firing clay projects and glass fusing. In addition to the special art classes students also have art taught by their classroom teacher.

Museum of Art Program

Students in grades 3-5 attend a special week long program at the San Diego Museum of Art each year. All classes have wonderful experiences visiting the museum, studying art, and creating their own art. Classes walk to the museum first thing each morning and return around lunch time.

Over the three year period students experience-

  • Elements of Art:  The basic element of arts are studies while covering mathematics standards.
  • The Silk Road: This week is based on the Silk Road and the students become merchants and artistans that make art projects to sell at the bazaar. Students grind their own inks, explore calligrapny, weave, make pottery, and build scrolls as part of their study of Asian art.
  • Renesaince Art: Students travel back to the Renaissance in Italy to become well-rounded indivuals interstested in the  arts, lieterature, math, and science.  They work as though they are apprecitce-arttists who are traveling with their master artist.  Student create an architechtual  model of a cathedral, a bookbinding project, an altarpeice, a fresco painting, and staind glass windows.

Middle School:

As part of the required curriculum for 6th-8th grade, students take short-term courses (units) in a variety of specialty areas. The purpose of Supplementary Curriculum is to expose students to a range of learning environments and skills in order to encourage their natural interests and abilities. This preparation is essential as students move on to high school and college and are able to take concentrated electives. Supplementary Curriculum in the area of art includes art history, theory, and appreciation. Students are exposed to a variety of art mediums and given the opportunity to practice their skills in ceramics, glass fusing, painting, drawing, and photography. Some of these units culminate in displaying art work around the school or in an art show.

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Athletics

Basketball
Each year interested City Tree boys and girls in grades 4-8 participate in a basketball league with other Christian and private schools. Parent volunteers and staff coach teams. The basketball program emphasizes building basketball skills, teamwork, participation, and sportsmanship. Most games are played at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Pacific Beach, but we also occasionally travel to other schools for games. During the season there is about one game per week, most typically on either Tuesday or Thursday. Practices are held after school on our roof playground. The boys' games are played in November-January. The girls' games are played in late January to early March. The cost for each child participating in the season is a $75.00 sign-up fee. This payment covers referees, awards, equipment, and uniforms. We end the year with an Athletics Awards Dinner for all athletes.

Basketball Sign-up Form 2017-2018, coming soon!
Boys' Basketball Game Schedule, see you next year!
Girls' Basketball Game Schedule, see you next year!

Volleyball
Our girls in grades 5-8 play volleyball each fall. We begin practice right after school starts in the fall and is held on our rooftop volleyball court. Good tennis shoes and knee pads are a must for this sport. Our games are played in November and December inside a gym at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Pacific Beach. Cost for participation is $45.00 per student.

Volleyball Sign-up Form 2017-2018
Volleyball Schedule 2017-2018

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Chapel

Preschool Chapel:

Our preschool children gather each Friday for chapel.  We gather at 9:00am and parents are encouraged to join us. We sing, pray, and have a Bible lesson.  The children acitvely partipcate thourgh song and prayer. Each week a different class acts as special  helpers during our chapel time. Character trait awards are given each week.  Our chapel time usually lasts about 25 minutes.

K-8 Chapel:

Chapel services revolve around a K-8 shared yearly theme. Some of our past themes have been: The Fruits of the Spirit, The Life of Jesus, and Heroes of the Bible. Each week our Bible lessons, songs, memory verses, and character traits relate to our theme. Each Friday, Kindergarten -8th  grade students come together for chapel at 10:30-11:10am. Students sit in "chapel families," led by 7th and 8th graders. This format mixes up the Kindergarten- 8th grade students and reminds us that we are all part of the body of Christ. Our worship time begins with prayer and joyful singing, led by our chapel team or choir. Classes take turns being responsible for teaching the Bible lesson. Children communicate God's word to each other by acting out stories from Scripture, drawing pictures to illustrate a verse or theme, sharing examples from their lives, or role playing lessons from our theme. We also have guest speakers presenting the Bible lessons.  Our middle school chapel team assists each week by leading prayer, playing instruments, directing singing, and helping with audiovisual equipment. Awards are given in chapel each week to students who exhibit the character trait that connects to our Bible story and theme.

Chapel Choir
Students in grades 2-5 have the option to join the school choir. The choir, directed by Mrs. Williams, rehearses outside of the regular class day, 1 time per week for about 45 minutes each time. The school choir helps lead music each week Chapel, performs at school-wide music programs, and occasionally sings at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday mornings.

Chapel Team
Students in grade 6-8 can choose to be a part of City Tree's Chapel Team. Singers and musicians serve in the chapel band, while others assist with audio visual equipment and assist with set up/tear down for weekly chapels. Students meet at lunchtime to rehearse and prepare. In addition to leading music in chapel, the Chapel Band occasionally performs at other school and church events.

Memory Verse Program
Our weekly memory verse connects with our chapel lesson. By learning their verses each week, children prepare for chapel, and each verse seems to stay with them much longer. Children have an uncanny ability to memorize God's Word. Often verses that are learned as a child are remembered into adulthood. This is the kind of legacy that the City Tree staff would like to leave with each child. Our K-5 students have special memory verse recognition activities at school when they memorize 10 verses and 20 verses. We celebrate with K-8 students who have learned all 30 verses for the year with a special event in June off campus.

K-8 Memory Verses
K-8 Chapel Yearly Plan
Grades 2-5 Choir sign-up

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Clubs

Each year City Tree offers additional extracurricular activities in the form of clubs. Type and purpose vary according to interest and ability of staff and students. Clubs may meet before or after school and may offer activities that take place after hours or on weekends. Club information will be made available to families throughout the year, and student participation will be determined based on academic and citizenship standing. Some of City Tree's club offerings have been: Ski and Snowboard Club, Community Service Club, and Chess Club.

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Field Trips

Preschool, Elementary, Middle School:

Learning happens both inside and outside the classroom walls. Field trips are rich educational experiences especially when tied closely to the curriculum with thoughtful instruction both before and after the trip. Our teachers work hard to develop meaningful learning experience for their students that bring depth and breadth to the curriculum. Children of all ages enjoy field trips all over San Diego and beyond, but our downtown location means that many great experiences are within walking distance. Trips to the zoo, Sea World, local restaurants, farms, fire and police stations, musical performances, theatre productions, historical site, and museums are typical. Our youngest students also enjoy weekly observation walks around our neighborhood. Parent are welcome to chaperone and/or drive on a trip. Teachers inform parents about trips by posting a blue field trip form near their sign-in area. All the important information is listed on this form and this is the form parents sign indicating permission for their child to participate.

Field Trip Driver Form

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Garden

Preschool, Elementary, Middle School:

City Tree's garden, known as the Falcon's Ground, is located on Elm Street on the other side of our large parking lot. In 2008, our 8th grade class transformed a vacant lot, which once housed our trash dumpsters, into a beautiful garden. Students of all ages enjoy the garden for various activities. Our preschool classes enjoy frequent visits that include digging, planting, picking, and observing. The garden is a perfect place for elementary students to grow flowers for a Mother's Day gift, plant vegetables as part of a science unit, observe the changing seasons, or take time to draw. The garden becomes an outdoor classroom for middle school students as they study life science, literature, and other topics.

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Home Economics

Middle School:

As part of the required curriculum for 6th-8th grade, students take short-term courses (units) in a variety of specialty areas. The purpose of Supplementary Curriculum is to expose students to a range of learning environments and skills in order to encourage their natural interests and abilities. This preparation is essential as students move on to high school and college and are able to take concentrated electives. Supplementary Curriculum includes units in home economics. Middle School students learn basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, menu planning, nutrition information, and preparing complete meals.

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Library

Preschool, Elementary, Middle School:

The school library is a place that encourages the love of reading. We have a wonderful collection of books that inspire students to read. All children at City Tree visit the school library once a week with their teachers. All students, except 2 year olds, are given the opportunity to check out books during their library times. Teachers also use the library as a resource for author and genre studies, as well as science and social studies units. A large selection of Christian books, including many Bible stories as well as fiction works, help students to grow in their love and understanding of God's Word and world. Our card catalog is online and available for students to use in the library, classrooms, computer lab, and from home.

Book Donations and Birthday Books
We are always adding new books to our library. Parents and friends of City Tree may donate new and used books to the library at any time. One way many families give books to the school is through our Birthday Book Program. This program is a voluntary program at City Tree Christian School that allows children to celebrate their birthday by choosing a special new book as a "birthday present" to donate to the City Tree Library. It's fun to wrap the book up as a gift and than unwrap it in front of the class. Teachers read the book or a portion of the book aloud to the class. A special bookplate is added to the front of each book acknowledging the child and their birthday. Birthday Books are a fun way to celebrate birthdays and give back to the school! Other students benefit from the gift, and the "present" will be enjoyed for many years to come!

City Tree Library Catalog

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Music

Preschool:

All preschool children attend a special 30 minute music class one day a week. This class is taught by our music teacher, Mrs. Shirean Williams. Students have an opportunity to experience music through singing and movement activities. Music is also integrated into each day in every preschool class. Children sing songs during circle time, participate in movement activities, and play various rhythm instruments throughout the week. The Annual Christmas program and preschool promotion  give children opportunities to perform for parents and friends.

Elementary School:

Music Classes
All K-3 students attend 30 minute classes, 2 times per week, with our music teacher, Mrs. Shirean Williams. Students in grade 4 and 5 and 1 class per week for 30 mintues.  Singing, movement, music appreciation (composers, classics, instruments), basic music theory, note reading, and multicultural music and songs are all part of the basic music program. In addition to the general music curriculum, students in grade 4 learn to play the recorder. Annual Christmas and spring music programs give students opportunities to perform for parents and friends. Students in grade 4 amd 5 are also in the band and have classes 3 days per week.

Choir
Students in grades 2-5 have the option to join the school choir. The choir, directed by Mrs. Shirean Williams, rehearses outside of the regular class day, 1 time per week for about 45 minutes each time. The school choir helps lead music each week in  Chapel, performs at school-wide music programs, and occasionally sings at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday mornings.

Grades 2-5 Choir sign-up

Middle School:

Band
Beginning in grade 4 all students participate in band, 3 times per week for 45 minute classes. Mrs. Marisol Irwig directs the band with assistance from other teachers. Students break into smaller ensemble groups for some rehearsals and also practice as a whole band. At the start of the school year, new band students, with the assistance of the director, select instruments. Our concert band consists of trumpets, clarinets, alto saxophones, flutes, percussion instruments, and bass guitars. Student instruments can be purchased or rented at local music stores; the school owns a few instruments that can be borrowed for the year. The City Tree Concert Band performs at the Christmas and spring music programs, and other special events.

Band Fees 2017-2018
Band Fee Worksheet & Order Form, 2017-2018
Band brochure 2017-2018
Instrument borrowing agreement

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Chapel Team
Students in grade 6-8 can choose to be a part of City Tree's Chapel Team. Singers and musicians serve in the chapel band, while others assist with audio visual equipment and assist with set up/tear down for weekly chapels. Students meet at lunchtime to rehearse and prepare. In addition to leading music in chapel, the Chapel Band occasionally performs at other school and church events.

After School Classes:

Extra curricular music classes are available to all students. These classes are taught by contracted teachers who are not employees of the school. There is an additional fee for these classes.

Piano and keyboard lessons with Mr. Saye, ages TK-8th Gr
Guitar lessons with Mrs. Irwig, Grades 1-8

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Park Days

Elementary School:

Each week our students in grades 1-5 enjoy lunch, recess, and physical education at Balboa Park. A large grassy, tree-lined area of the park is a short six-block walk from the school. The students eat lunch in this picnic setting followed by a time of recess. Touch football, soccer, tag, collecting leaves, jumping rope, and throwing balls are some of the activities the students choose during their free time. Each class also has a structured physical education time, and this larger space allows teachers to plan a wide variety of lessons.

Additional Park Information:

  • All students bring a lunch either from home or from the hot lunch program.
  • Children may bring a towel or blanket to sit on, if desired.
  • Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle or additional drinks.
  • Each teacher brings equipment for recess and physical education.
  • A first aid kit, emergency forms, and cellular phones are always present.
  • Parents are welcome to join us.

Kindergarten children walk to the park each Friday afternoon for physical education. Teachers, support staff, and parents accompany the children every week. Children have the opportunity to work on gross motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping, skipping, throwing, catching, and kicking during a variety of physical education games and activities.

Middle School:

Although Middle School students do not go to the park each week they occasionally use the park for physical education and lunch. The majority of the middle school physical education units are taught at the Kroc Center, but a few units, as well as special events such as the Mile Runs, utilize the park.

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Physical Education

Preschool:

Preschool students work on their gross motor skills during their outdoor play times each day. Equipment such as tricycles, scooters, balance boards, scooter boards, slides, bars, and balls are available. Teachers encourage children to try new things and develop their skills. Preschool students also regularly participate in movement activities both indoors and outdoors. Neighborhood walks give students an opportunity to exercise and learn about their world.

Elementary School:

California State Standards direct the physical education lessons at City Tree Christian School. Each student participates in at least 100 minutes of PE each week. Our roof top playground, multi-purpose room, and Balboa Park are used for our PE program.

Physical education Programs and Curricula for grades K-5:

  • SPARK Program (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids)
  • Horizontal Climbing Wall activities on our playground climbing wall
  • Physical Education in the Park- weekly trips each Wednesday
  • Presidential, National, and Health Fitness program and testing.

Mile Fun Runs
A mile course is set up on the grass area of Balboa Park. Students in grades 1-8 run laps until they complete a mile. Parents and teachers time runners and encourage everyone to do their best. This run is planned 3-time per year (fall, winter, spring). Students set a personal time goal for their run.

Fitness Fairs
Students in grades 1-8 rotate between fitness stations designed to develop overall fitness. Students are encouraged to set personal goals for each station and work toward meeting their goal. Fitness Fairs are planned 2 times per year, each one has a special theme.

Middle School:

Ray and Joan Kroc Center
The primary component of the Middle School Physical Education program is activity units at the Kroc Center. Students are transported by bus, one day each week, to the Kroc Center on University Avenue in La Mesa. City Tree and Kroc Center staff collaborate to guide students through PE units that include basketball, volleyball, weight training, swimming, track and field, soccer, flag football, Olympic handball, and much more. Students learn how good nutrition and regular exercise work together to benefit their physical fitness.

Balboa Park
Middle School students participate in periodic Physical Education units at Balboa Park. City Tree physical education teachers walk with students to the park, work with students on Presidential fitness goals, and organize field games and activities. These units are in lieu of the Kroc Center and take place 2-3 times per year. Students also participate in K-8 Mile Fun Runs at Balboa Park.

Presidential Fitness
Presidential Fitness testing takes place 3 times each year at 1st-8th grade Fitness Fairs. Students work with their physical education teacher to set goals for the various areas of testing: sit-ups, curl-ups, sit and reach, shuttle run, and mile run. Throughout the year, students practice and improve their performance in each of the skill areas during Fitness Skills (10 minutes, 3 times each week), and during weekly physical education periods. Students who meet certain fitness goals are recognized at an end of the year awards ceremony.

Mile Fun Runs
A mile course is set up on the grass area of Balboa Park. Students in grades 1-8 run laps until they complete a mile. Parents and teachers time runners and encourage everyone to do their best. This run is planned 3-time per year (fall, winter, spring). Students set a personal time goal for their run.

Fitness Fairs
Students in grades 1-8 rotate between fitness stations designed to develop overall fitness. Students are encouraged to set personal goals for each station and work toward meeting their goal. Fitness Fairs are planned 2 times per year, each one has a special theme.

After School Classes:

Extra curricular physical activity classes are available to all students. These classes are taught by contracted teachers who are not employees of the school. There is an additional fee for these classes.

Webby Dance, Preschool-Grade 5 dance class
Playball, Preschool-Grade 1

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Scouts & Kings Daughters

City Tree has active Cub Scout and Boy Scout groups, run by volunteers. Information is distributed in the fall to eligible students and parents are encouraged to become involved.

Kings Daughters is a Christ-based program for girls ages 1st grade - 8th grade and is affiliated with First Presbyterian Church San Diego and City Tree Christian School. The focus is growing together as daughters of the King and loving and serving other. They enjoy Bible studies, cooking, crafts, and service projects together.

King's Daughters
Boy Scouts, coming soon!

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Spanish

Preschool, Spanish Development Program:

Our focus in preschool is introducing children to basic vocabulary, having simple conversations, and providing an introduction to Spanish culture. Students will learn Spanish through conversation and active participation. All 3 year old classes and pre kindergarten students attend a once a week, 25 minute lesson with a Mrs. Ruiz.

Elementary, Grades K-5, Spanish Classes:

All K-5 students attend 30 minute classes, 2 times per week, with our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Irwig. Students are introduced to basic vocabulary (colors, numbers, food, body parts, animals, clothing, weather, sports, occupations, etc.) through conversation and dialogs. Songs, games, literature, and other hands-on experiences help expose students to Spanish culture and vocabulary.

Middle School, Grades 6-8, Spanish Classes:

Spanish class is a required component of our Middle School program. When students successfully complete City Tree's Spanish language program they are prepared for second year Spanish in high school. The 6th grade Spanish class serves as a bridging year from the basic elementary program to a more academic class. Dialogs, as well as written work, are emphasized at all grades. Education about Hispanic culture is an integral part of the curriculum. McDougall/Littell Spanish: "En Espanol 1A, 1B, and 2" are the assigned middle school texts.

After School Classes:

Extra curricular Spanish classes are available to children ages 3-grade 5. There is an additional fee for this class.

After school Spanish class with Mrs. Ruiz

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Special Trips

Elementary School:

3rd, 4th, 5th Grades - Museum of Art Program
Students in grades 3-5 attend a special week long program at the San Diego Museum of Art each year. All classes have wonderful experiences visiting the museum, studying art, and creating their own art. Classes walk to the museum first thing each morning and return around lunch time.

Over the three year period students experience-

  • Elements of Art:  The basic element of arts are studies while covering mathematics standards.
  • The Silk Road: This week is based on the Silk Road and the students become merchants and artistans that make art projects to sell at the bazaar. Students grind their own inks, explore calligrapny, weave, make pottery, and build scrolls as part of their study of Asian art.
  • Renesaince Art: Students travel back to the Renaissance in Italy to become well-rounded indivuals interstested in the  arts, lieterature, math, and science.  They work as though they are apprecitce-arttists who are traveling with their master artist.  Student create an architechtual  model of a cathedral, a bookbinding project, an altarpeice, a fresco painting, and staind glass windows.

4th Grade- Sacramento
Each spring students in 4th grade spend a day in Sacramento. This trip is a culminating event to their year-long study of California history. It is a wonderful educational opportunity for our students and an important part of the 4th grade social studies curriculum. Our daylong trip, that begins early in the morning at the airport, includes tours of the State Capital building, Veterans Memorial, Sutter's Fort, and time in Old Sacramento visiting the Old Schoolhouse and the Railroad Museum. Students in grade 4 serve our school's hot lunches in the cafeteria as a way to "earn" part of the cost of their trip to Sacramento and parents pay the balance. This is a trip that many 4th grade parents enjoy chaperoning.

5th Grade- Maritime Museum
Students in grade 5 have an overnight adventure at the Maritime Museum. They re-live the turbulent year of 1774, on the eve of the American Revolution, and experience the struggle of merchant mariners sailing the triangle trade route between New England and the Caribbean. Students role-play with their teacher and Maritime Museum instructors, raising sails, loading cargo, and protecting the vessel from pirates. They navigate their way through the political storms of the era. The 5th grade social studies curriculum comes alive as students experience first hand the frustrations that inspired American colonists to revolt. After their overnight, parents are welcome to join the class for a morning sail in the San Diego Bay.

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Middle School:

6th Grade – Indian Hills Camp
Students participate in a 5-day camp experience each year. Times of the year vary (fall, winter, spring), but the camp experience remains the same. City Tree partners with Indian Hills Camp in Jamul, CA to provide students with education in ecology, earth science, outdoor survival skills, and Christian education. The camp begins on City Tree's campus (Monday) of the camp week with Base Camp run by City Tree staff. Students then travel to and stay at Indian Hills Tuesday-Friday for the remainder of the camp experience.

7th Grade – Mountain and Sea Marine Science Camp, Catalina Island
Students participate in a 3-day camp experience during the fall of each school year. Students travel by car to one of several ferry terminals in the Long Beach/San Pedro area and then take a ferry to Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. City Tree staff serve as chaperones. The camp includes concentrated study in marine science and biology with a Christian perspective. The camp experience and curriculum dovetails with 7th grade Life Science.

8th Grade –Leadership Activities
As the oldest in the school, our 8th grade students are encouraged to serve as leaders and role models for younger students. Students participate in a variety of training opportunities at the beginning of the school year to prepare them for their role. Christian Education curriculum is designed to give 8th graders a way to practical serve and act on their faith. City Tree also participates in ACSI's middle school leadership conference in the fall of each year. Topics, curriculum, and location vary, but conference allows students the opportunity to collaborate with peers from other schools and hear from presenters that challenge students to step out in faith and serve at their schools.

8th Grade –Washington D.C./Williamsburg, VA
Students participate in a 5-6 day trip to explore political and historical landmarks in Washington and Virginia during the spring of each year. City Tree partners with Joshua Expeditions, a Christian student travel company, to design and guide yearly trips. Students travel by plane to Washington DC where they tour the capitol and surrounding area for 2-3 days before departing for Williamsburg, VA. In Virginia, students explore many of the living history museums including Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. Students travel by chartered bus throughout the trip and are chaperoned by City Tree and Joshua Expeditions staff. This amazing experience allows students to "experience" much of the 8th grade US History curriculum.

Middle School Trip Brochure and Fees 2017-2018

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Student Council

All 4th-8th grade students are eligible to run for City Tree's student council. Elected students may serve as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, Chaplain, or Class Representative. Under the advisement of a City Tree staff member, the council meets regularly and works together to plan events for the student body, organize charitable fund-raisers, and brainstorm ways to improve and serve their school. Some council members also have specific tasks such as leadership in chapel, taking photos of school events, keeping account of student council finances, etc. In order to maintain eligibility, students must be in good academic and citizenship standing throughout the year and show enthusiasm and effort in their elected role. Students who want to serve on student council submit an application in October, elections are held in early November.

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Student Store

The Falcon's Nest, our school's student store, is operated by our middle school students. The student store sells snacks and school supplies to the rest of our student body. It is open during our older student's lunch time as well as after school. Our middle school students are assigned times to work at the store; they learn responsibility, organization, customer relations, and have a chance to apply math skills. The profit from the student store goes towards defraying costs for middle school trips to Catalina Island and the East Coast.

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Technology

Preschool:

Our preschool children, ages 3-5, are introduced to the basics of computer use. Classrooms have a computer station and children work on letter, number, shape, and color concepts.

Elementary School:

City Tree Christian School strives to be an environment that effectively integrates technology into the classroom curriculum to broaden and enhance both teaching and learning. Our teachers and students benefit from a school-wide wireless network that provides convenient access to software and virtual storage to be used in and out of the physical classroom. Kindergarten-5th grade teachers utilize media carts equipped with advanced projection and internet capabilities. Our computer lab is fully equipped with a classroom set of computers for student research, project completion, and specific technology training using BTE curriculum (see below). Students in 5th-8th grade benefit from mobile laptop labs and classrooms that are individually outfitted with document cameras, projectors, and teacher technology workstations.

All elementary classes visit the computer lab regularly: kindergarten three times per week and students in grades 1-5 four times per week for approximately thirty minutes each time.

Middle School:

City Tree Christian School strives to be an environment that effectively integrates technology into the classroom curriculum to broaden and enhance both teaching and learning. Our teachers and students benefit from a school-wide wireless network that provides convenient access to software and virtual storage to be used in and out of the physical classroom. Our computer lab, used by the middle school for supplementary curriculum classes focused on technology, is fully equipped with a classroom set of computers. Students in 5th-8th grade benefit from mobile laptop labs and classrooms that are individually outfitted with document cameras, projectors, and teacher technology workstations. Students work in the classroom and the lab regularly on multimedia projects and presentations.

K-8th Grade Partnership with Beyond Technology Education (BTE):

Beyond Technology Education lives its Mission of “Inspiring K-12 administrators, teachers and students to use computer technology to improve innovation, complex problem solving and creative thinking within their classroom curriculum.” They do this by helping teachers, students, administrators, parents and all stake holders of the school to understand and value the integration of technology into the entire school culture.

Together, Beyond Technology Education and City Tree have a developed technology and integration plan that includes the follow components:

Training Students

BTE is providing technology curriculum for grades K-8. Students meet with a trained technology teacher weekly to progress through a carefully designed technology curriculum based on learning objectives which cover nine technology areas and comply with a national set of technology standards.

Training Teachers

All classroom teachers attend a thirty-hour professional development course called “BEYOND Technology Basics for Teachers” which covers the major software applications teachers should be exposed to. In addition, the Professional Development course instructs classroom teachers on strategies on how to integrate relevant technology into their current lesson plans.

Classroom Curriculum Integration

BTE provides all teachers with integration instruction. An integration specialist works with teachers to create projects that use the technology tools the students have learned and integrate these tools with a relevant classroom project.

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Theatre Arts

Middle School

As part of the required curriculum for 6th-8th grade, students take short-term courses (units) in a variety of specialty areas. Each fall City Tree collaborates with Christian Youth Theatre to offer performing arts classes to middle school students. As a culminating activity, students showcase their work by performing abbreviated versions of well known musicals such as Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Hairspray.

Click here to see photos of this activity.

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