HCS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Academic excellence is a commitment and focus for Hanford Christian School. Teachers and faculty have worked hard on refining curriculum standards that align with viable curriculum.
We teach science to learn the practical knowledge of the world around us, recognizing God as the Creator who made everything with a purpose. Students conduct lab experiments, track weather fronts, examine animals in their natural habitats, build skeletal and other body system models, research, build simple machines, design and test robots and test chemical interactions. Students are placed in authentic environments such as the: zoo, arboretum, orchard, working farm, agricultural expo, planetarium and various science museums. Students master the scientific method approach while developing science process skills vital to learning outcomes. Through extensive content study, STEM application, and innovation, HCS students recognize the growing complexity of the world in which we live and are driven not by what they know but by what they can do with what they know to impact their future for God’s glory.
All students learn visual art, performing art, digital art and music through the study of great artists, experiencing a variety of mediums, developing skills of ability and expression, all for the glory of God. Specific artists, and elements of art history, mediums, software, and skills are studied to become competent in creative expression.
Social studies, world studies, and history instruction at HCS is based on a progression of study from self to family, neighborhood, community, localities, state, region, country, and continent to the entire world.
The focus on physical education is to care for our bodies, train, and develop our physical abilities, recognizing these as valuable gifts from God. All students are involved in developing skills and concepts of team sports in units of study during the year that support a knowledge and understanding of fitness, nutrition, goal setting, creative movement, safety, coordination, heart fitness, competition, sportsmanship and equipment usage.
Attending library class for students serves as a gateway to learn how to use information to support their instruction and literacy development in the information age. Students learn the Dewey Decimal System, resource selection based on genre, topic, type, and task outcome, and study award-winning literary works with a discerning eye to evaluate, compare/contrast, and analyze.
HCS is most fortunate to have a technology-rich environment in which to teach. Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, wireless capabilities, and chrome books. With the use of technology, students are able to apply knowledge and skills and demonstrate ongoing growth in the classroom and beyond. Teachers also employ a variety of differentiated strategies in order to meet the needs of all learners.
Hanford Christian School’s programming, curriculum, and learning experiences at each grade level provide all students with challenging and equitable opportunities to develop learning skills, thinking skills and life skills. We believe the teacher-student relationship is the most powerful variable for learning success. HCS teachers are diligent not just to know about their students, but to understand each child’s strengths, weaknesses, and aptitude for learning so they can address specific learning needs and work towards what is best for academic success.
Hanford Christian School is committed to Christ-centered education and the teaching of God’s truth. Faculty is committed to providing a high-quality program of rigorous academics and diverse co-curricular opportunities. Our teachers have a passion for excellence and their example has an impact in the lives of HCS students and families. HCS faculty and staff are involved in professional development as an ongoing support of academic excellence.