FAQ

The selection of your child’s school is one of the most important decisions and investments you will ever make, and it is our prayer that God will give you wisdom and guide you through that process.

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chapel_azaleaWhat makes ALCS a special place for your child?
At ALCS, we know that it is absolutely essential that our students receive an academically excellent education if they are to be fully prepared to impact the world for Christ.  The need for truly Christian education has never been greater, and if we are to reach the next generation for Christ, we need to follow the Biblical mandates given by God.  Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  This is one of the most important reasons that our staff, School Board, and Administrative team work hard to maintain joint ACSI and WASC Accreditation.  In 2010, we earned the distinction of being fully accredited by ACSI and WASC.

The truth of God’s word is the foundation of all that we know, and God communicates this truth to us through His word, the Bible.  Psalm 25:4-6 tell us, “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.  Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.”  We recognize that we are not merely teaching subjects, but rather are teaching students, and we utilize the truth of God’s word to help our students develop spiritually, socially, physically, and personally.

What are some of the distinguishing characteristics of our school program?

  • technology_2015All students participate in a weekly Chapel time. Students in grades 4‐8 have a personal New Believer’s Bible, which is used in our weekly Chapel time as we study God’s word and apply it to our lives. This year, we are studying the Gospel of John. All weekly chapel times include worship and praise, acknowledging Jesus as Lord and exalting Him as Savior.
  • The STAR Reading Program is utilized to enable teachers and the administration to determine the reading level of each student and to measure individual and class growth. The STAR Math program is utilized to assess each student’s math ability and to determine the appropriate level of challenge for each student to personalize practice and individualize instruction. Both the STAR Reading and STAR Math tests are given three times per school year to track student progress and help guide instruction.
  • The Accelerated Reader Program augments our reading curriculum, which makes reading practice more effective for every student by accommodating individualized reading levels and providing comprehensive summaries of reading results. Our reading program is extremely effective in teaching students how to read, and the AR Program takes this a step further and ensures that students understand what they read.
  • The Accelerated Math Program supplements our math curriculum in grades 4-8 as a continual, individualized skill-building and assessment tool. Accelerated Math provides students with Common Core-aligned skills and enables them to work at their own pace to reinforce previously learned concepts as well as master new concepts according to their own abilities. It also provides teachers with real-time feedback and data to help guide individual instruction.
  • The Math Facts program is a part of our math curriculum. This program facilitates mastery of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts for students in grades 1‐6. This program uses a systematic method of isolating a few facts at a time to move students from familiarity and knowledge to mastery. Additionally, the Math Facts in a Flash program is an adaptive, self-paced online tool that gives students in grades 3-6 additional practice in mastering their math facts, including fraction practice.
  • All students in grades K-8 take the MAP test in the spring.  This web-based standardized test is norm-referenced, Common Core-aligned, and is similar to the standardized test that public school students take each year.  This test is nationally norm-referenced, and compares our students’ performance with other students across the nation rather than just in California.
  • Our library continues to expand, and currently has approximately 8,000 books.
  • Our technology center/computer lab includes 22 work stations.  The Beyond Technology curriculum guides student instruction. Every classroom has a student computer, as well as an Epson Brightlink interactive projection system.  Our middle school students are each issued an iPad, which they use at school and at home throughout the school year.

playgroundStaffing Decisions
Because staffing decisions are based on enrollment, these are made towards the end of the school year.  Staff members are continuously praying about God’s calling for them to serve, and the Administration and the School Board prayerfully consider all staffing decisions.

Middle School Program
Please visit the Middle School page for more details!  Students rotate to different classrooms, have lockers, iPads, and many special middle school activities.   Middle school students go to Alpine Camp for a week in the fall, and eighth grade students participate in a week-long Washington, D.C. trip each April.

Pre-School/Pre-Kindergarten Program
The minimum age for a student to enter our Pre-Kindergarten program will continue to be 3 years of age as of the student’s start date. Our Pre-K program falls under Title 22, Division 12 of the California Code the Community Care Licensing Division.

Curriculum
The School Board Policy for curriculum development is the following:

The school administration is responsible for curriculum selection with input from the curriculum committee.  The curriculum committee is composed of one or two teachers from each grade level cluster, Pre-Kindergarten-Kindergarten, First-Third Grade, Fourth-Eighth Grade.  Faculty members are involved in reviewing materials and identifying their choice.  The choices are then discussed and approved by the curriculum committee, who makes the final recommendations for approval to the administration.  Materials from Christian publishers are considered as well as materials from secular publishers.  The administration is responsible for developing scope and sequence documents and an adequate review cycle for improvements.