Know Christ. Share Love. Serve Others.
CURRICULUM AND STANDARDS
Our experienced, loving teachers aspire to nurture your child with the love of God as a fundamental element of their development experience. Through a curriculum that engages their mind, body and spirit, each child grows intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically as well as spiritually.
PK-10 Program Highlights
More than 2/3 of MCA staff hold advanced degrees.
Weekly chapel service with music and speakers.
Daily Bible reading and prayer time in class.
iPad, laptop and SMART board integrated activities in class.
Specialized teachers in art, music and physical education.
An emphasis in character development regarding respect for others and cooperative play.
Field trips throughout the school year.
Our student body is diverse, with many countries and heritages represented.
Small class sizes allow teachers to get to know each student personally.
BENEFITS OF MULTI-AGE CLASSROOM
While most parents and children are accustomed to single-grade classrooms, some schools, including Minnetonka Christian Academy, offer multi-age classrooms because research and our own experience have shown that there are many benefits:
Children who remain with the same teacher and primarily the same class for multiple years enjoy a stable and reliable environment.
The mix of ages and abilities provide many opportunities for students to collaborate and learn from each other. Older students can take on more mature roles, mentoring the younger students.
There is a wider range of academic content taught, so younger students learn along with older students.
Grouping students like a family—which is the oldest, most successful learning model—benefits students of all ages educationally as well as socially.
Grouped classrooms are particularly beneficial to gifted learners, struggling learners, and “late bloomers.”
ADVENTIST WORLD VIEW
the core of adventist education
Standards in North American Division (NAD) Seventh-day Adventist schools reflect the Adventist worldview across the PreK-12 curricula as well as the integration of national, provincial/state and common core standards. Visit the link to find out more about Standards for Student Learning in Adventist Schools.
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PRE-KINDERGARTEN CREATION KIDS
Creation Kids program is a faith-based curriculum. The program promotes the development of the whole child: assessing progress and individualizing instruction and experiences; growing spiritually, personally, and professionally as teachers; and connecting with the families, the church and the community.
KINDERGARTEN STEPPING STONES
Kindergarten Stepping Stones program is a faith-based curriculum with ten thematic units. The program is based upon the belief that kindergarten is a stepping-stone between home, early childhood education, and the primary grades of school. The program recognizes that young ones are created in God’s image and must be nurtured to think, learn, choose, and grow. It is responsive to individual differences in developmental stages, abilities, and interests. In addition, the students are also actively engaged in centers where they are active and learn valuable life lessons.
Ten themes: Beginnings, Heroes, My World and Others, Living Things, Spiritual Journey, Friends and Family, Environment, Personal Feelings and Growth, Yesterday ,and Social Issues and Culture
FIRST-EIGHTH GRADE BIBLE
Adventist Encounter Bible curriculum has been adopted for grades 1-8 program. The purpose of the Bible curriculum is for all students to have a solid, deep, and personal knowledge of the truths of the Bible (Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Beliefs); to respond to Christ’s invitation to live in a lifelong, vibrant relationship with Him; and to be passionate about the salvation of others.
FIRST-EIGHTH GRADE READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS
Pathways 2.0: A Journey to Excellence through Literacy is a faith-based integrated English language arts program. Pathways is based on a balanced approach focusing on individual student needs combined with effective practices.
Pathways focuses on four overlapping instructional components:
Daily - read-aloud, oral language, phonics, vocabulary, handwriting and spelling.
Reading Instruction - guided reading and whole-class comprehension.
Reading Workshop - daily reading to develop lifelong readers.
Writing Workshop - writing process and grammar skills.
KINDERGARTEN-FIFTH GRADE MATH
Go Math by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offers an engaging and interactive approach to covering the math standards. The program emphasizes Big Ideas and in depth of understanding through interactive lessons and research based instructional resources to ensure success for all students. The curriculum builds upon concepts learned from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
SIXTH-EIGHTH GRADE MATH
The Big Ideas math curriculum utilizes a research-based, balanced instructional approach that includes both discovery learning and direct instruction lessons. Multiple pathways and delivery methods are utilized to bridge success in preparation for high school math. The curriculum directs students to discovery learning through teacher-directed instruction giving students the opportunity to utilize clear, precise mathematics language and structure. The balanced approach to instruction and higher-order thinking problems utilized in this program help students develop the habits of mind required to be successful on high-stakes tests.
FIRST-EIGHTH GRADE SCIENCE
Science ByDesign program is built on the foundation of inquiry that encourages wonderment, questioning, collaboration, and exploration of multiple resources to conduct research and investigations. ByDesign is an engaging, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate curriculum that nurtures children’s natural curiosity as they explore the wonderment of God’s Creation through the lens of the Bible. ByDesign focuses on student experience so that all elements of the design invite, engage, instruct, and motivate students to continue learning and building their science knowledge, as well as strengthen their connections with their Creator.
FIRST-EIGHTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES
McGraw-Hill Social Studies is taught at each grade level to engage and motivate every student through stories of the intriguing people, exciting places, and fascinating events that make social studies relevant to each student’s life. Students gain a global perspective to a better understanding of a worldview. In addition, students learn to participate as citizens who consider diverse points-of-view, use critical thinking skills, and are active in their communities. American history is taught in alternate years to 5th through 8th grades.
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