The following is the planned Course of Study for the academic year. Variations may be made depending on class size and student needs.
K4 through 1st grade: Desiring God Ministries curriculum
2nd through 6th grade: Study of the major events in the Bible using Classical Academic Press curriculum and Veritas Press curriculum.
Starting in kindergarten students are taught to read using The Logic of English curriculum. From the publishers, "By integrating phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary development, fluency, and writing, Essentials provides a holistic approach to mastering written English." Classics and other significant literature selections comprise the students’ reading materials.
1st through 6th grade: Shurley English along with other sources are utilized to strengthen a student’s ability to write effectively.
The spelling lists from The Logic of English are the foundation for vocabulary instruction. Words from other subjects such as science, Latin, and literature are also included on the lists.
GCA teaches students to write in cursive through focused instruction in K5-2nd grade. The rationale behind teaching cursive handwriting instead of manuscript handwriting is as follows:
- To help the students learn better letter recognition and usage by being able to read manuscript, book face and cursive lettering
- To aid the students in word flow and directionality in writing
- To minimize the dyslexia-type reversal/confusion of written letters
- To set the students on a path to beautiful penmanship
- To minimize the student’s struggle with trying to choose between or blend two different styles of handwriting (i.e. manuscript vs. cursive) later
The study of God’s providential and sovereign hand throughout history is fundamental to the classical education at GCA. History is taught chronologically and in repeating cycles.
K5: All around Greenville! Teacher-created units and field trips introduce children to their local community’s history and community helpers.
1st grade: South Carolina History – Teacher-created units and field trips introduce children to the Revolutionary War, Independence/Statehood, Civil War and present day. Area historical sites offer a wealth of information for our students.
2nd through 6th grade: Veritas Press History and supplemental materials.
The core ingredient of the Veritas Press History curriculum is 32 flashcards per grade summarizing key historical events. Students enrich their understanding of each event through projects, primary source readings and illustrations, games, art projects, theatrical scripts, maps, and more. By the time students complete the five-year cycle they will have memorized 160 key events in history from Creation to Modern America.
K4: Every Day Counts Calendar Math
K5 through 6th grade: Rod and Staff
Why Latin? Greenville Classical Academy believes that Latin is highly beneficial to our students for three fundamental reasons. First, Latin teaches English. Studying Latin leads to a deeper, more thorough understanding of our own language, and this study will equip students with the ability to think and write with greater clarity and effectiveness. Second, because of the nature of the language, Latin teaches critical thinking. We do not want our graduates to declare that they “learned to study in college.” Instead, we want our students to learn how to learn at a young age so they are able to maximize the advantages a higher education provides. Third, Latin enhances a student’s ability to learn other languages. We do not know what opportunities await our graduates, but we aim to broaden those opportunities by enhancing their ability to learn a foreign language.
3rd grade: Song School Latin - Classical Academic Press
Song School Latin is a gentle and delightful introduction to Latin. Each weekly lesson is peppered with songs, illustrations, hand-writing practice, stories and activities for easy mastery and memorization.
4th grade and above: Latin For Children series – Classical Academic Press
Students will learn 350+ common Latin words, understand many English derivatives, conjugate six tenses of verbs, use 1st-5th declension nouns, and perform simple translations.
K4 and K5: Harcourt Science
Through Harcourt’s activity manual, students are introduced to several scientific concepts.
1st through 6th grade: ACSI Purposeful Design
From the publisher, “Engage students in investigating, observing, and thinking about the created world. Weave the wonders of creation and a biblical worldview into your science instruction. Highlight God’s design throughout His creation. Purposeful Design Science allows you to accomplish these objectives with its colorful pages, hands-on experiments, shared ideas, and highly interactive lessons.”
Music appreciation and art history are integrated throughout the curriculum. As a part of our History curriculum, students are exposed to the great artists of the past. In addition, students have formal classes in Music, Art and Drama. Drama, Music, and the visual arts are encouraged as students are given the tools to express their creative abilities given by our Creator God. All students in K4 - 6th grade have scheduled recess times and formal instruction in Physical Education starts in 1st grade.