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Curriculum

Philosophy

All our curriculum is taught from a biblical world-view, with the goal of developing both subject matter proficiency, and Christ-likeness in your child. Working in partnership with parents, Dunwoody Christian School is committed to the educational and spiritual growth of every student.

Our methodology is to educate, not indoctrinate, so questioning and exploring ideas are welcome in our classrooms. We value and teach critical thinking. The notion that “all truth is God’s truth” guides our teachers as they prepare and deliver classroom instruction.  

Core Curriculum

We draw from the best curriculum available by subject. Our curriculum adheres to the Georgia Standards of Excellence and the Georgia Performance Standards. We rely upon our spiritually mature, state-certified teachers to ensure that all classroom content is presented from a biblical, Christian perspective.

We continuously evaluate our curriculum for effectiveness. Listed below are our current curriculum selections by grade level. 

Kindergarten

      Bible: Purposeful Design

      Math: Purposeful Design

      Science: Teacher directed according to Georgia standards

      Social Studies: Gallopade

      Reading: Saxon Phonics

      Language Arts (language, handwriting): Shurley English

      Handwriting: Abeka

First Grade

      Bible: Purposeful Design

      Math: Purposeful Design

      Science: Purposeful Design

      Spelling: Purposeful Design

      Social Studies: Gallopade

      Reading: Scott Foresman Reading Street & Novel Studies; 180 Days of Reading

      Language Arts (grammar, phonics): Shurley English

      Handwriting: Abeka

Second Grade

       Bible: Purposeful Design

       Math: Purposeful Design

       Science: Purposeful Design

       Spelling: Purposeful Design

       Social Studies: Gallopade

       Language Arts: Purposeful Design

Third Grade / Fourth Grade (combined classroom, 2020-2021)

      Bible: Purposeful Design 

      Math: Purposeful Design

      Science: Purposeful Design, Interactive Notebook, and additional teacher acquired resources 

      Spelling: Purposeful Design

      History: The Story of the World (Well Trained Mind)

      Geography: US States and Capitals (teacher acquired materials)

      Grammar: Daily Oral Language and other online resources

      Literature: Purposeful Design

      Writing: Writer’s Workshop

      Cursive: Abeka

Fifth Grade (2021-2022)

     Curriculum is TBD

Specials

We believe strongly in educating the whole child by embracing a broad range of learning experiences. Accordingly, our students receive instruction:

     Twice a week in Spanish and Physical Education (see below regarding Kindergarten);

     Once a week in Art, Music, and Technology. 

What is Purposeful Design?

Purposeful Design is a publishing division of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Purposeful Design curriculum is unique in that it produces academically rigorous textbooks which adhere to Georgia and national educational standards, while being rooted in biblical truth. You can learn more about Purposeful Design here

Other Curriculum Information

For English-Language Arts, our teachers are trained in the highly effective, multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham reading approach. You can learn more about the Orton-Gillingham approach by clicking here

Bible content and biblical concepts will be integrated into all of our subject areas, including our Specials. Of course, the Bible will be the foundation of our weekly chapel services.

Kindergarten is an important time to establish strong reading and writing skills. We dedicate extra time to these foundational skills. Therefore, our Kindergartens do not participate in Spanish or Technology classes.