Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Curriculum

Kindergarten Third Grade Sixth Grade
First Grade Fourth Grade Seventh Grade
Second Grade Fifth Grade Eighth Grade

Through a program that integrates the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the Bible and high academic standards, City Tree Christian School students will be:

Christ-like Individuals who:

  • Understand the value and dignity of themselves and others
  • Desire to serve others
  • Use the gifts God has given them

Effective Communicators who:

  • Utilize spoken and written communication skillfully
  • Incorporate technology as a means of communication
  • Use creative self expression to make their thoughts and ideas understood clearly
  • Demonstrate literacy by meeting or exceeding established academic standards

Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers who:

  • Analyze, assimilate, and apply new information effectively in various situations
  • Use a variety of resources effectively
  • Demonstrate the ability to use analytical reasoning skills

Productive Individuals who:

  • Establish effective work and study habits including organization and time management
  • Demonstrate responsibility for themselves and others in all areas: academically, spiritually, socially, and physically
  • Exhibit the skill and desire to be lifelong learners
  • Evaluate their own strengths and interests and plan for the future

Model Citizens who:

  • Work and play together cooperatively
  • Exhibit leadership and conflict resolution skills
  • Show respect for the rights of others
  • Make informed choices and understand the consequences for their actions

Culturally Sensitive Individuals who:

  • Experience and understand the Arts in order to appreciate them
  • Understand and value their own cultural heritage and that of others
  • Have a multicultural worldview with a Christian perspective


Kindergarten

The kindergarten child is an eager and avid learner who is acquiring the reading, math, and social skills necessary to get along in the world of elementary school. Our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. City Tree Christian School has adopted grade level standards in each subject area. The teachers at City Tree use a multi-faceted approach in an effort to reach all children with various learning styles. Below you will find a summary of the main Kindergarten curriculum materials we use as well as special classroom and school-wide activities, which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Phonics and Language Arts Program- "California Treasures"
  • Literature based theme units linked to other subject areas such as science and social studies
  • Phonemic Awareness Program: auditory training process that involves isolating, manipulating, blending, and segmenting sounds
  • Language Headquarters common core writing program
  • Journal writing
  • D' Nealian Handwriting
  • Weekly visits to the school library

Math:

  • A Beka Math Program and student workbook
  • Manipulative based materials for teaching math

Science:

  • Foss Science Kits, hands-on materials, and experiments
  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Science Program - "Wonders"
  • Learning activities in the school garden
  • School-wide Science Fair – using the scientific method, kindergarten students participate through class projects and older students submit their own individual projects.

Social Studies:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies integrated into- “California Treasures”
  • Literature-based study of: community helpers, state and national symbols, holidays, and famous Americans.
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair - each classroom does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others

Christian Education:

  • Children Desiring  God Program- "Jesus, What a Savior: A study for Children on Redemption"
  • Chapel – each Friday 10:30 - 11:10
  • Memory Verse Program- students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • SPARK Program (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) – a physical education program
  • Climbing Wall activities
  • Physical Education in the park – a weekly trip for special activities

Technology:

  • Students attend a Technology class each week with a special teacher
  • Students visit the computer lab four days a week
  • Using Microsft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, students understand basics of using a computer as  tool for learning.
  • Theme-based and grade-specifc curriculum-based projects that work toward managing files, formatting text and graphics and navigating within and between programs.
  • Learn and practice safe computing skills

Art:

  • Specilaist meets with students every other week.
  • Elements of art emphaiss: color, line, shape, pattern, and form
  • Art projects using various mediums such as oil pastel, paint, ink, clay, and paper
  • Thematic projects
  • Famous Artist Studies

Spanish:

  • Specialist meets with students two times a week
  • Introduction to Conversation I
  • Grammar introduction through songs and dialogs
  • Introduction to vocabulary I (colors, numbers, food, body parts, animals, clothing, professions, family)
  • Pronunciation
  • Pre-reading I

Music:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Singing
  • Movement
  • Orff Instruments
  • Multicultural songs
  • Music appreciation (composers, classics, basic music theory and instruments)
  • Music field trips
  • School-wide Christmas and Spring Programs

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First Grade

First grade is the time to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. City Tree Christian School has adopted grade level standards in each subject area. The teachers at City Tree use a multifaceted approach in an effort to reach all children with various learning styles. Below you will find a summary of the main first grade curriculum materials we use as well as and special classroom and school-wide activities which enhance our students' learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Phonics and Language Arts Program- "California Treasures"
  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Spelling Program
  • Phonemic Awareness Program: auditory training process that involves isolating, manipulating, blending, and segmenting sounds
  • Language Headquarters common core writing program
  • Cursive Handwriting – A Beka
  • Weekly visits to the school library

Math:

  • A Beka Math Program and Student workbook
  • A Beka Speed drills of addition and subtraction facts

Science:

  • Foss Science Kits: Inquiry-based collaborative learning program
  • Subject-related field trips: Carlsbad Flower Fields and San Diego Zoo
  • School-wide Science Fair- using the scientific method, first grade students participate through class projects and older students submit their own individual projects

Social Studies:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies Program - "Family and Friends"
  • Field Trip: Old Town San Diego
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair - each class does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others

Christian Education:

  • Children Desiring  God Program- "The ABCs of God: A  study for Children on the Greatness and Worth of God"
  • Chapel each Friday 10:30-11:10am
  • Memory Verse Program- students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • SPARK Program (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) – a physical education program
  • Climbing Wall activities
  • Health Fitness Program and testing that includes periodic Fitness Fairs and Mile Runs
  • Physical Education in the park – a weekly trip for special activities

Technology:

  • Students attend a Technology Class each week with a special teacher
  • Students visit the computer lab four days a week
  • Using Microsft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, students understand basics of using a computer as  tool for learning.
  • Theme-based and grade-specifc curriculum-based projects that work toward managing files, formatting text and graphics and navigating within and between programs.
  • Learn and practice safe computing skills

Art:

  • Specialist meets with students every other week
  • Elements of art emphasis: texture, line, shape, color, pattern, rhythm, form, and composition
  • Art projects using various mediums such as paint, clay, paper, oil pastel, and mixed media
  • Famous artist studies

Spanish:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Conversation I
  • Grammar introduction thru songs and dialogs
  • Vocabulary I (colors, numbers, food, body parts, animals, clothing, profession, family, weather, calendar)
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading I
  • Pre-writing

Music:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Singing
  • Movement (emphasis on creative movement to music)
  • Orff Instruments
  • Music appreciation (composers, classics, and instruments)
  • Basic music theory and rhythm
  • Multicultural songs
  • Music field trips
  • School-wide Christmas and Spring Program

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Second Grade

The second grade child is becoming a more independent learner. They are developing skills to help them make choices and take responsibility for their own learning. Our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. City Tree Christian School has adopted grade level standards in each subject area. The teachers at City Tree use a multifaceted approach in an effort to reach all children with various learning styles. Below you will find a summary of the main second grade curriculum materials we use as well as special school-wide activities which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Phonics and Language Arts Program- “California Treasures”
  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Spelling Program
  • Phonemic Awareness Program: auditory training process that involves isolating, manipulating, blending, and segmenting sounds
  • Journal Writing
  • Cursive Handwriting – A Beka
  • Weekly visits to the school library

Math:

  • A Beka Math Program and Student Workbook
  • Speed drills of basic addition and subtraction facts

Science:

  • Foss Science Kits: Inquiry-based collaborative learning program
  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill- "Wonders"
  • School-wide Science Fair - using the scientific method, second grade students participate through class projects and older students submit their individual projects

Social Studies:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies Program- “People and Places”
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair – each class does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others.

Christian Education:

  • Children Desiring  God Program- "In the Beginning...Jesus: A Chronilogical Study for Children of Redemptive History."
  • Chapel each Friday 10:30-11:10am
  • Memory Verse Program- students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • SPARK Program (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) – a physical education program
  • Climbing Wall activities
  • Health Fitness Program and testing
  • Physical Education in the park – a weekly trip for special activities

Technology:

  • Students attend a Technology Class each week with a special teacher
  • Students visit the computer lab four days a week
  • Basic keyborading skills, safe internet practices, and effective computing skills.
  • Using Microsft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, students learn basic skills in each progarm, as well as additional formatting skills such as adding bullets, centering and aligning text, and changing fonts, and colors, inserting graphisc, formatting transitions and creating graphs and charts. 

Art:

  • Specialist meets with students every other week
  • Elements of art emphasis: texture, line, pattern, rhythm, color, shape, composition, form, and symmetry
  • Art projects using various mediums such as paint, printmaking, collage, and clay
  • Famous artist studies

Spanish:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Introduction to conversation I
  • Grammar introduction thru songs and dialogs
  • Vocabulary II (colors, numbers, food, body parts, animals, clothing, professions, family, weather, calendar)
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading II
  • Writing I

Music:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Singing
  • Movement (emphasis on creative movement to music)
  • Orff Instruments
  • Music appreciation (composers, classics, and instruments)
  • Basic music theory and note reading
  • Multicultural songs
  • Music field trips
  • School-wide Christmas and Spring Program

School Sponsored Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Choir, practice one-two days a week after school

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Third Grade

The third grade child is beginning to develop as an independent learner. They have already acquired basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. These basic skills will continue to develop as they study literature, math, social studies and science as an upper primary grade level student. Our goal is to meet the spiritual, developmental, academic, and social needs of our students. City Tree Christian School has adopted grade level standards in each subject area. Below you will find a summary of the main third grade curriculum materials we use as well as classroom and special school-wide activities which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Language Arts Program- “California Treasures”
  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Spelling Program
  • Learning  Headquarters common core writing program
  • Oral presentations and written reports based on genre
  • Weekly visits to the school library

Math:

  • Excel Math
  • Hands-on lessons

Science:

  • Christian Schools International Science Program
  • Hands-on experiments
  • School-wide Science Fair - using the scientific method, third grade students participate through class experiments and older students submit their own individual projects

Social Studies:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies Program- “California Communities”
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair – each classroom does an in-depth study of a particular country or culture and shares their knowledge with others

Christian Education:

  • Children Desiring  God Program- "In the Beginning...Jesus: A Chronilogical Study for Children of Redemptive History."
  • Chapel-each Friday 10:30-11:10am
  • Memory Verse Program- students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • SPARK Program (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) – a physical education program
  • Presidential Fitness Program and testing that includes periodic Fitness Fairs and Mile Runs
  • Climbing Wall activities
  • Physical Education in the park – a weekly trip for special activities

Technology:

  • Students attend a Technology Class each week with a special teacher
  • Students visit the computer lab four days a week
  • Using Microsft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, students learn basic skills in each program, as well as addional formatting skills such as adding bullets, ecentering and aligning text, changing fonts and colors, inserting graphics, formatting transions and creating graphs adn charts. understand basics of using a computer as  tool for learning.

Art:

  • Specialist  meets with art teacher every other week
  • Elements of art emphasis: shape, composition, color, line, texture, form, value, abstraction, rhythm and movement
  • Art projects using various mediums such as printmaking, clay, paint, paper, and mixed media
  • San Diego Museum of Art: a week-long program on the basic elements of art

Spanish:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Conversation II
  • Grammar introduction thru songs and dialogs
  • Vocabulary III (colors, numbers, food, body parts, animals, clothing, profession, family, weather, calendar)
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading III and Writing II
  • Development or Spanish language history

Music:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Singing
  • Movement (emphasis on creative movement to music)
  • Orff Instruments
  • Multicultural songs
  • Music appreciation (composers, classics, and instruments)
  • Basic music theory and note reading
  • Music field trips
  • School-wide Christmas and Spring Programs

School Sponsored Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Choir, practice one-two days a week after school

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Fourth Grade

The fourth grade child is entering the first intermediate grade and is becoming a more independent learner. Fourth grade students have already acquired many basic skills in all areas of the curriculum. They are now ready to apply adopted grade level standards in each subject area as their educational experience continues to develop. At City Tree Christian School, our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. Below you will find a summary of the main fourth grade curriculum materials we use as well as special classroom and school-wide activities which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Language Arts Program- “California Treasures”
  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Advanced Spelling Program
  • A Beka Language Program
  • Learning  Headquarters common core writing program (journals, literature responses, creative writing, book reports using various genres, sharing reports, reports tied to social studies and science)
  • Oral presentations (current events, poetry, reports tied to literature, social studies, and science)
  • Weekly visits to the school library

Math:

  • Excel Math Program
  • Hands on activities using math manipulatives and math games

Science:

  • Foss Science Kits: Inquiry-based collaborative learning program
  • Christian Schools International Science Program
  • Human Growth and Development Materials
  • Subject related field trips
  • School-wide Science Fair – using the scientific method, students submit their own individual projects

Social Studies:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies Program- “Our Golden State”
  • Sacramento Trip – field trip to the state capital
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair - each classroom does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others

Christian Education:

  • Children Desiring  God Program- "To Be Like Jesus: a Study for Children on Following Jesus"
  • Chapel – each Friday 10:30-11:10am
  • Memory Verse Program- students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • SPARK Program (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids)
  • Presidential Fitness Program and testing that includes periodic Fitness Fairs and Mile Runs
  • Physical Education in the park – a weekly trip for special activities

Technology:

  • Studdents attend a Technology Class each week with a special teacher.
  • Students visit the computer lab four days a week
  • Classroom iPad minis
  • Working in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet sites, student will move beyond the basics of formatting in each program and use more advanced formatting features such as line spacing, text alignment, tables, columns, animation and charts to effectively present content.
  • Work on accuracy keyboarding skills.

Art:

  • Specialist meets with students every other week
  • Elements of art emphasis: form, value, line, symmetry, proportion, contrast, emphasis, texture, composition, and perspective
  • Art projects using various mediums such as yarn weaving, mosaic tile, paint, graphite, and pastels
  • San Diego Museum of Art: a week-long program integrating art to social studies topics

Spanish:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Conversation III, Reading IV, Writing III
  • Grammar introduction thru songs and dialogs
  • Vocabulary IV (colors, numbers, food, body parts, animals, clothing, professions, family, weather, calendar)
  • Pronunciation
  • Development of Spanish language history

Music:

  • Band teacher meets with students 3 days a week. 
  • Music teacher meets with students 1 day a week.
  • Singing
  • Multicultural songs
  • Music appreciation (composers, classics, and instruments)
  • "Standard of Excellence" Comprehensive band method
  • Music theory and instrument technique sight-reading I
  • Music related field trips
  • School-wide Christmas and Spring Programs

School Sponsored Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Choir, practice one-two days a week after school
  • Student Council
  • Athletics: basketball
  • Jazz Band (by audition)

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Fifth Grade

Our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. The fifth grade student has many skills in the area of reading and writing. They are now ready to apply these skills in each subject area. Below you will find a summary of the main fifth grade curriculum materials we use as well as special classroom and school wide activities which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Language Arts Program- "California Treasures"
  • Literature circles
  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Advanced Spelling Program
  • A Beka Language Program
  • Learning Headquarters common core writing program (journals, various genres, responses to literature, creative pieces, 7 traits of writing, reports)
  • Oral and written  Presentations (current events, poetry, reports tied to literature,  social studies, and science)
  • Weekly Visits to the school library

Math:

  • Marshal Cavendish Education- "Math In Focus- Singapore Math"

Science:

  • Christian Schools International Science Program
  • Foss Science Kits: Inquiry based collaborative learning program
  • Human Growth and Development materials
  • Subject related field trips
  • School-wide Science Fair – using the scientific method, students submit their own individual projects

Social Studies:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies Program- “Making a New Nation”
  • States reports and map skills
  • Maritime Museum overnight, living history experience
  • Subject-related field trips
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair - each classroom does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others

Christian Education:

  • Children Desiring  God Program- "To Be Like Jesus: a Study for Children on Following Jesus"
  • Chapel – each Friday 10:30-11:10am
  • Memory Verse Program- students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, class discussion, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • SPARK Program (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) – a physical education program
  • Presidential Fitness Program and testing that includes periodic Fitness Fairs and Mile Runs
  • Physical Education in the park – a weekly trip for special activities

Technology:

  • Students attend a Technology Class each week with a special teacher.
  • Students visit the computer lab four days a week
  • Classroom iPad minis
  • Working in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet sites, student will move beyond the basics of formatting in each program and use more advanced formatting features such as line spacing, text alignment, tables, columns, animation and charts to effectively present content.
  • Work on accuracy keyboarding skills

Art:

  • Specialist meets with students every other week
  • Elements of art emphasis: value, line, shape, texture, proportion, color, symbolism, emphasis, contrast, perspective, composition, pattern, rhythm, unity, and form
  • Art projects using various mediums such as graphite, clay, paint, pastels, mixed media, and digital manipulation software
  • San Diego Museum of Art: a week-long program integrating art into social studies topics

Spanish:

  • Specialist meets with students two days a week
  • Santillana Spanish Language Program- "Descubre el Espanole, Level F"
  • Conversation IV, Reading V, Writing IV
  • Grammar introduction for middle school
  • Vocabulary V (colors, numbers, food, body parts, animals, clothing, professions, family, weather, calendar)
  • Pronunciation
  • Development of Spanish language history

Music:

  • Band teacher meets with students 3 days a week.  
  • Music teacher meets with students 1 day a week.
  • Singing
  • Multicultural songs
  • Music appreication (comptuers, classics, and instrumetns)
  • "Standard of Excellence" Comprehensive band method
  • Music theory and instrument technique sight-reading I
  • Music related  field trips
  • Performances: Coronado Christmas Parade, school-wide Christmas and Spring Programs

School Sponsored Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Choir: practice one-two days per week after school
  • Cinamatography Club
  • Student Council
  • Athletics: volleyball and basketball
  • Jazz Band (by audition)

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Sixth Grade

Sixth graders are on the brink of adolescence. They are maturing both physically and emotionally, preparing to accept greater responsibility in all areas of their lives. Our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. They have already acquired many skills in the areas of reading and writing. They are now ready to apply these skills in the content areas of social studies and science. City Tree Christian School has adopted grade level standards in each subject area. Below you will find a summary of the main sixth grade curriculum materials we use as well as special classroom and school-wide activities which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • Individualized reading instruction through self-selected literature
  • Literature Circles
  • Learning Headquarters spelling and vocbaulary program
  • Writing (journals, various genres, responses to literature, creative pieces, reports)
  • Oral Presentations (current events, poetry, reports tied to social studies and science)
  • Visits to the school library

Math:

  • Prentice Hall Mathematics Program – “California Grade 6 Math”

Science:

  • Holt, Rinehart, Winston Science Program- “Earth Science”
  • Week-long outdoor education camp at Indian Hills Camp in Jamul
  • School-wide Science Fair – using the scientific method, younger students participate through class projects and older students submit their own individual projects, focusing on Life Science

Social Studies:

  • McMillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies Program- “Ancient Civilizations”
  • Subject-related field trips
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair - each classroom does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others

Christian Education:

  • Thematic Focus: Biblical literacy adn traditions
  • Children Desring God Program- My Purppose Will Stand
  • Chapel each Friday 10:30-11:10
  • Chapel Team participation
  • Memory Verse Program –Students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • Physical Education units at the Kroc Center: (i.e. swimming, basketball, fitness, volleyball, etc.)
  • Physical Education in the park – City Tree instructors (i.e. soccer, track & field, etc.)
  • Fitness Skills
  • Presidential Fitness Program and testing
  • Fitness Fairs
  • Mile Fun Runs in the park

Health:

  • Glencoe, McGraw/Hill Health Education Program: “Teen Health”. Integrated into science and physical education curriculum as well as presented as special unit presentations throughout the year.
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Human development

Spanish:

  • McDougall/Littell Spanish “En Espanol 1A”. Academic Spanish program. Prepares students for 2nd year Spanish in high school.
  • Bridging year- Basic Spanish to Spanish 1 - coversation, dialog memorization, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing
  • Hispanic culture - Estados Unidos, Ciudad de Mexico, San Juan Puerto Rico

Band:

  • "Standard of Excellence" Comprehensive band method
  • Music theory and instrument technique sight-reading
  • San Diego Symphony field trips
  • Performances: Coronado Christmas Parade, School-wide Christmas and Spring Programs, various community performances
  • Smart Music online band tutorial program
  • Jazz Band - "Jazz Ensemble Method" - Standard of Excellence

Supplementary Curriculum:

  • Technology: Students use in classroom laptop lab and visit the computer lab during open lab time and with subject matter teachers. During designated technology units, the focus is on learing to use Micorsoft Office applicaitons, as well as internet sites and applicaitons, as effecitve resources and tools for learning.  Using a combination of theme-based and grade-specific curriuclm projects, students will learn advanced skills in creating documents, reports, brochures, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, and graphs. Students will also focus on improving keyboarding skills with speed and accuracy and model safe internet and social medial behvaior.
  • Art: Special units are taught in art history, theory, and appreciation. Students are exposed to a variety of art mediums and given the opportunity to pracitce their skills in ceramics, painting, and photography.
  • Theater Arts: Eight week unit spornosred by Christian Youth Theater (CYT) culminating in a school assembly and performance.  Participaiton in the K-8th grade Christmas program.
  • Life Skills: Instruction includes academic study skills and habits.

School Sponsored Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Chapel Team (band, vocals, technology)
  • Jazz Band (6th-8th grades)
  • Student Council
  • Athletics: volleyball (girls), basketball
  • Student store: operation and management
  • Academic Tutoring

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Seventh Grade

Seventh graders have entered their adolescent years. They continue to mature both physically and emotionally, preparing to accept greater responsibility in all areas of their lives. Our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. They are refining many skills in the areas of reading and composition and using those skills in other core disciplines: social studies, science, foreign language, and Christian Education. Students also begin to apply abstract thinking skills to mathematics. City Tree Christian School has adopted grade level standards in each subject area. Below you will find a summary of the main seventh grade curriculum materials we use as well as special classroom and school-wide activities which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • Individualized reading instruction through self-selected literature
  • Literature Circles
  • Learning Headquarters spelling and vocabulary program
  • Glencoe Language Program
  • Writing (journals, various genres, responses to literature, creative pieces, reports)
  • Oral Presentations (current events, poetry, reports tied to social studies and science)
  • Visits to the school library

Math:

  • Prentice Hall Mathematics Program – “Pre-Algebra”

Science:

  • Holt, Rinehart, Winston Science Program – “Earth Science"
  • 3-day Catalina Science Adventure Camp
  • School-wide Science Fair – using the scientific method, younger students participate through class projects and older students submit their own individual projects, focusing on Life Science
  • Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

Social Studies:

  • Glencoe, McGraw/Hill Social Studies Program- “Medieval and Early Modern Times”
  • Subject-related field trips
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair - each classroom does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others

Christian Education:

  • Thematic Focus: Biblical literacy and traditions
  • Children Desiring God Porgram- My Purpose WIll Stand
  • Chapel – each Friday 10:30-11:10am
  • Memory Verse Program – Students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • Physical Education units at the Kroc Center: (i.e. swimming, basketball, fitness, volleyball, etc.)
  • Physical Education in the park – City Tree instructors (i.e. soccer, track & field, etc.)
  • Fitness Skills
  • Presidential Fitness Program and testing
  • Fitness Fairs
  • Mile Fun Runs in the park

Health:

  • Glencoe, McGraw/Hill Health Education Program: “Teen Health”. Integrated into science and physical education curriculum as well as presented as part of Life Skills unit.
  • Human development

Spanish:

  • McDougall/Littell Spanish: “En Espanol 1B”. Academic Spanish program. Prepares students in 7th and 8th grade for 2nd year Spanish in high school.
  • Spanish 1 - conversation, dialog memorization, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing
  • Hispanic culture - Oaxaca, Barcelona - Espana, and Ecuador - Quito

Band:

  • "Standard of Excellence" Comprehensive band method
  • Music theory and instrument technique sight-reading
  • San Diego Symphony field trips
  • Performances: Coronado Christmas Parade, School-wide Christmas and Spring Programs, Knott's Berry Farm performance
  • Smart Music online band tutorial program
  • Extracurricular Jazz Band - "Jazz Ensemble Method" - Standard of Excellence

Supplementary Curriculum:

  • Technology: Students use in classroom laptop lab and visit the computer lab during open lab time and with subject matter teachers. During designated technology units, the focus is on learing to use Micorsoft Office applicaitons, as well as internet sites and applicaitons, as effecitve resources and tools for learning.  Using a combination of theme-based and grade-specific curriuclm projects, students will learn advanced skills in creating documents, reports, brochures, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, and graphs. Students will also focus on improving keyboarding skills with speed and accuracy and model safe internet and social medial behvaior.
  • Art: Special units are taught in art history, theory, and appreciation. Students are exposed to a variety of art mediums and given the opportunity to pracitce their skills in ceramics, painting, and photography.
  • Theater Arts: Eight week unit sponsored by Christian Youth Theater (CYT) culminating in a school assembly and performance.  Participaiton in the K-8th grade Christmas program.
  • Life Skills: Instruction includes preparation for high school and college, career planning, and health.

School Sponsored Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Chapel Team (band, vocals, technology)
  • Jazz Band (6th-8th grade)
  • Student Council
  • Athletics: volleyball (girls), basketball
  • Student store: operation and management
  • Academic Tutoring

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Eighth Grade

Eighth graders have entered their adolescent years. They continue to mature both physically and emotionally, preparing for high school and developing the skills required to succeed therein. Our goal is to meet the developmental, academic, social, and spiritual needs of our students. They are becoming excellent critical readers and thinkers, as well as refining composition skills that are used in other core disciplines: social studies, science, foreign language, and Christian Education. Students also continue to develop and apply abstract thinking skills to mathematics. City Tree Christian School has adopted grade level standards in each subject area. Below you will find a summary of the main eighth grade curriculum materials we use as well as special classroom and school-wide activities which enhance our students’ learning experiences.

Language Arts:

  • Individualized reading instruction through self-selected literature
  • Literature Circles
  • Learning Headquarters spelling and vocabulary program
  • Writing (journals, various genres, responses to literature, creative pieces, reports)
  • Oral Presentations (current events, poetry, reports tied to social studies and science)
  • Visits to the school library

Math:

  • Prentice Hall Mathematics Program – “Algebra 1”

Science:

  • Holt, Rinehart, Winston Science Program – “Physical Science”
  • School-wide Science Fair – using the scientific method, younger students participate through class projects and older students submit their own individual projects, focusing on Physical Science
  • Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

Social Studies:

  • Glencoe, McGraw/Hill Social Studies Program- “The American Journey”
  • Week-long Washington D.C. trip
  • School-wide Multicultural Fair - each classroom does an in-depth study of a particular culture and then opens their doors to share their knowledge with others. Eighth graders focus on regions of the United States.

Christian Education:

  • Thematic Focus: Christian Service & Leadership, The Essentials of Christianity
  • Chidlren Desiring God Program-  "Your Word is Truth"
  • Chapel – each Friday 10:30-11:10am
  • Chapel Team participation
  • 1-day Leadership Retreat/Conference
  • Memory Verse Program – students memorize verses related to chapel lessons
  • Bible reading, prayer, and devotions

Physical Education:

  • Physical Education units at the Kroc Center: (i.e. swimming, basketball, fitness, volleyball, etc.)
  • Physical Education in the park – City Tree instructors (i.e. soccer, track & field, etc.)
  • Presidential Fitness Program and testing
  • Fitness Fairs
  • Mile Fun Runs in the park

Health:

  • Glencoe, McGraw/Hill Health Education Program: “Teen Health”. Integrated into science and physical education curriculum as well as presented as part of Life Skills unit.
  • Human development

Spanish:

  • McDougall/Littell Spanish: “En Espanol 2”. Academic Spanish program. Prepares students for 2nd year Spanish in high school.
  • Spanish 1 - conversation, dialog memorization, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing
  • Hispanic culture - Estados Unidos, Ciudad de Mexico, Puerto Rico, Madrid - Espana, San Jose Costa Rica, Ecuador - Quito

Band:

  • "Standard of Excellence" Comprehensive band method
  • Music theory and instrument technique sight-reading
  • San Diego Symphony field trips
  • Performances: Coronado Christmas Parade, School-wide Christmas and Spring Programs, various community performances
  • Smart Music online band tutorial program
  • Extracurricular Jazz Band - "Jazz Ensemble Method" - Standard of Excellence

Supplementary Curriculum:

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.

  • Technology: Students use in classroom laptop lab and visit the computer lab during open lab time with subject matter teachers.
  • Art: Special units are taught art history, theory, and appreciation. Students are exposed to a variety of art mediums and given the opportunity to practice their skills in ceramics, painting, drawing, and photography.
  • Theater Arts: Eight week unit sponsored by Christian Youth Theater (CYT) culminating in a showcase.
  • Home Economics: Instruction includes cooking, nutrition analysis, food budgeting, and etiquette. Students will plan and prepare meals and utilize their skills for school community service.
  • Life Skills: Instruction includes preparation for high school and college, career planning, and health.

School Sponsored Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Chapel Team (band, vocals, technology)
  • Jazz Band (6th-8th grades)
  • Student Council
  • Athletics: volleyball (girls), basketball
  • Student store: operation and management
  • Academic Tutoring

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