The ECS elementary program is designed to provide students a solid academic foundation with a Biblical worldview. To obtain academic excellence while fostering a Biblical worldview in our students, ECS uses the A Beka curriculum for all academic classes in grades 1-3 and for mathematics in all grades. We implement BJUP Bible curriculum for all grades and for most academic subjects in grades 4 and above.
ECS targets a 1 to 15 teacher-student ratio permitting us not only to instruct students academically but also to mentor them beyond the academic realm.
To develop well-rounded young people, ECS supplements its Bible and academic instruction with numerous extracurricular activities:
Chapel Program: the ECS administration oversees a weekly chapel program to promote our students’ spiritual well-being. Our “Hymn of the Month” program enhances our students’ knowledge of hymnology and underscores the Bible doctrines we teach daily in our classrooms.
Field Trips: our teachers plan regular field trips to complement the instructional content of their classrooms.
Fine Arts: we provide opportunities for our students to develop their interests and abilities in speech, music, and art.
Community Service: ECS encourages students in K5 through grade 7 to look for ways use their abilities to minister to our community. Our classes prepare arts/crafts and regular fine arts presentations to share with residents of assisted living centers in our area.
Competition: ECS encourages eligible students (grades 4 and above) to participate in the Old Dominion Association of Church Schools’ Bible, Fine Arts, & Academic competition each spring.
Physical Education: we focus on personal physical fitness and the development of skills required in team sports in our PE classes.
Entry Requirements for Engleside’s Elementary Program
All children entering the ECS classroom for the first time must complete entry placement testing:
Informal entry testing lasts approximately 30-45 minutes for students entering grades 1-3
Standardized testing lasts approximately 3-4 hours for students entering grades 4 and above