The textbooks and curriculum materials used at Open Door Christian Academy were specifically designed for students attending a Christian school. These materials honor God, His Word, and while providing excellent academic material, they also relate academic truth to the supreme truth of the Scriptures. We use the A Beka curriculum in K-4 through the 12th grades. Some high school subjects use Bob Jones Press.
The four-year-old kindergarten program is designed to prepare children for the school setting. Besides the social skills necessary to function well in school being taught, the students learn the alphabet and recognize long and short vowels and consonants. With the introduction of phonics and sounding out one- and two-vowel words, the students are prepared for reading. They also learn to recognize numbers and begin simple addition. The program is fun for the children as well as containing some academic training.
The five-year-old kindergarten program is designed to prepare the child not only mentally, but socially and spiritually for first-grade level work. Our kindergarten lays a strong foundation, and the student learns many of the basic learning skills which will go with him throughout the rest of his life.
The kindergarten program is a complete educational program that teaches children how to read phonetically. The curriculum includes many small readers, workbooks, and phonics cards. Your child will learn the letters of the alphabet and will learn to read (450-word vocabulary). A complete range of subjects is covered including writing, art, poetry, music, science, and numbers. The children learn to count from 1 to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Children find out the kindergarten curriculum is an enjoyable learning experience. Kindergarten students complete their year with a cap and gown ceremony including tassel and diploma.
The elementary grades enjoy a program designed to develop learning skills in all subject areas. The basic subjects, English, spelling, reading, math, science, history, and geography are taught throughout the elementary program with continual review stressed throughout the grades to provide continuity. The reading program continues to build upon the strong phonics program used in kindergarten. Poetry, art, creative writing, and penmanship are also an important part of the program. Students learn in a structured and disciplined conventional (traditional) classroom. The curriculum is challenging and places a great deal of emphasis on good grammar skills and on accelerated math scope and sequence. Multiplication and division are introduced in the second grade and fractions are begun in the third grade.
Junior High Program
Because of the traditional approach to math in the elementary program, the students are able to proceed from the particular to the general and from the concrete to the abstract. A solid foundation has been laid that allows students to move to a higher level. By seventh grade, students show proficiency in many areas including concepts and applications of their knowledge to everyday situations. Grammar, composition, literature, world history, American history, science, health, algebra, keyboarding, and Bible are all just a part of the subjects covered during these important years.
Senior High Program
The students in the high school program also use the A Beka and Bob Jones curriculum in a traditional setting that delivers a strong core curriculum meeting high school requirements.
Graduation is only realized upon completion of all required credits. The average amount of work completed per 9-month period is 6 credits. Failure to accomplish the above average will delay graduation. The completion of 24 credits earned at the 9th-12th grade levels is required for a high school basic or college preparatory diploma. A student will receive credit for a course only if completed and all required work is turned in to the teacher by due date. Permission to carry more than the normal load will be given or withheld according to the student’s past record and present circumstances.