How ACS is Different
Each subject is approached from a biblical perspective and each grade level has a faith nurture component in which students are encouraged to uniquely express how God is working in their lives.
We offer multiple, age-specific Communities of Worship
- Gathering Time
Elementary students meet weekly to center on our annual school theme through gathering songs, call to worship, Scripture and age appropriate messages, followed by more singing and prayer.
- T Time
Fifth Grade students enjoy a special year of bonding in many ways. One way is through weekly time spent together in meaningful devotion, song and prayer.
Middle School students meet every other week to join in worship together through an age appropriate message, singing, prayer and time of encouragement.
- Small Groups
Groups of 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade students meet in groups of 8-10 students with an adult mentor. The purpose of small groups is to promote community and connections between students, students and adults, and students and their faith.
Small Class Sizes
The average elementary class size ranges from 18-22 students while the average middle school class size ranges from 22-29 students. Paraeducators partner with classroom teachers to meet individual student needs.
Students at ACS see familiar faces at every turn. Having one facility with many grades provides students with a warm family environment, offering great opportunities for older and younger students to work and serve together. Whether it is 8th graders assisting Preschoolers with technology, 6th graders inviting Kindergarteners to learn how to be scientists in the science lab, or 5th graders pulling 2nd graders in sleds for the annual ACS Iditarod, our students are growing, learning, and having fun together!
ACS is committed to providing quality programming in the visual and performing arts, beginning with students in our Young 5's program. A spring Fine Arts Festival highlights many of our students' accomplishments.
- Art Classes
Exploring a wide range of mediums and techniques, students create meaningful expressions of their thoughts, feelings, questions and faith.
- Music Classes
Music instruction leads students to reading sheet music by the end of their third grade year, laying a great foundation as they grow in their understanding and appreciation of a variety of music.
- Band & Orchestra Classes
In fifth grade students begin enjoying the challenges, joys and benefits of learning how to play an instrument as teachers model, instruct, and encourage students. Private lessons are also available.
Whether it is through kindergarten operas, elementary productions, concerts or 8th grade musicals, our students use their gifts and talents to honor Christ in a variety of performances each year.
Technology Integration Coaches work side-by-side with teachers and students to aide instruction and enhance student learning with technology. iPads in kindergarten workstations, a modern computer lab, elementary laptop carts and one-to-one laptops for 5th-8th grade students offer opportunities to learn how to use technology in age appropriate ways.
Students respond with wonder and awe as they spend time in God's creation learning about our Creator and his world. Integrating outdoor education with our curriculum offers students real and practical experiences as they engage all of their senses in learning.
PurePlay: an easy introduction to Athletics
Learning life lessons on and off the field, our athletes in Young 5's through Grade 4 enjoy a variety of sports and activities at ACS. Often coached by parents, our young athletes develop fundamental skills and learn about the importance of teamwork.
"Faith. Strong." Clubs
Teachers are invited to share their passions, hobbies and interests with students by offering after-school, "Faith. Strong." clubs. Typically, these clubs last 6 weeks and include things like chess, robotics, drama, creation care, duathlon and service opportunities.
Student Support Services
ACS provides a wide variety of support services to our students.
- Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy and Social Work takes place in our building and are facilitated by Forest Hills Public School.
- An Inclusion Specialist is a part of our ACS team and services students with identified cognitive and emotional impairments.
- A Resource Specialist is a part of our ACS team and services students with identified learning disabilities.
- We use the RTI (Response to Intervention) framework to help identify and service student needs.