We offer an academically rich, spiritually grounded program with small class sizes and individual attention. We employ regionally recognized and awarded teachers who have proven track records of academic excellence.
Each classroom is a community where students develop strong relationships with their peers, as well as their teachers. In this nurturing environment, students are more likely to take academic risks and participate in group discussions. Teachers are also able to hone in on each student’s strengths and weaknesses and adjust instruction accordingly. Christian morals, ethics, and character development are modeled, taught, and upheld in the classrooms, creating a healthy environment for students to learn to interact well with others in today’s world.
Our teachers are all Christians who are in agreement with Effort Church’s statement of faith. Many of our enrichment and resource teachers have college degrees in the areas for which they are serving our children. Our faculty is dedicated to helping each student develop toward positive spiritual, mental, and physical growth. Meet our School Team here.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
At our school, we feel it is important to integrate scriptural principles into areas of subject matter. The Bible – God’s Word –is purposefully integrated into our curriculum as well as, being a dynamic course of study by itself. It is our goal to teach our students the knowledge and problem solving skills necessary for functioning in today’s world.
We believe God is not only interested in the academic goals themselves but, also, in the ways we reach these goals. We believe in the importance of living the Christian life and being a Godly example to our students. Our teachers use a variety of teaching techniques to address students’ varying learning styles. Lessons are presented in ways to meet the needs of the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. Our textbooks are chosen after careful consideration and evaluation, and they are provided for all students.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Effort Christian School offers a complete academic curriculum, integrated with Christian character formation for students from kindergarten through 8th grade. In addition to core subjects, students also participate in specialist subjects to enhance their learning experience. ECS offers weekly classes in chapel, art, music, library, and physical education.
Our goal is to provide elementary students with a strong academic foundation. At the primary level, our phonics-based reading program ensures students read with fluency, accuracy, and comprehension beginning in kindergarten. Mathematics instruction focuses on developing number sense and critical thinking skills through hands-on activities.
At the elementary level, students use this solid foundation to deepen their learning across all academic areas. They begin the transition from teacher-directed learning to student-focused learning. Students conduct research projects, create presentations, analyze literature, and cover more complex math concepts. Through hands-on investigation and guest speakers, students explore in-depth science topics to gain a better understanding of God’s creation.
Middle school at ECS prepares students for the high school of their choice. Our goal is for each of our middle school students to develop leadership skills, moral character, and communication skills that will reap lifelong benefits. In middle school, students focus on higher level thinking skills, hone their writing skills, and develop study habits. They participate in research projects, a science fair, and community service projects. In addition, middle school students have the opportunity to participate in various enrichment classes, including technology, karate, cooking, and Intro to Instruments.
Our curriculum includes:
- Abeka “Building Spelling Skills”
- BJU Press America the Beautiful
- Saxon Math
- Math Mammoth
- God’s Design Science Curriculum
Enrichment opportunities include:
- Physical Ed.
- Field Trips
- Intro to Instruments
*All enrichment programs are available to homeschool families.
ECS in the Community
At ECS, we believe learning extends far beyond the classroom. Throughout the year, ECS students can be found exploring and giving back to the world around them. Field trips are an important part of extending what is taught in the classroom and bringing topics to life.
Some past field trips include:
- Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
- Carter Mountain Orchard
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
- Washington, DC
- Amazement Square
- The Paramount Theater
- Lazy S Ranch
Students also learn the importance of serving the community at large through service projects and volunteer opportunities. ECS students spend time visiting nursing homes, volunteering at soup kitchens and the Salvation Army, and organizing supply drives for local animal shelters and food banks.