Learning happens beyond the books. Students who push themselves to compete academically learn more about themselves and the subject than they would in class. We encourage competition and project work. We also take students on field trips to see and explore things that are beyond their daily experience.
5th Grader Alicia Wolfe
2016 Elementary Grand Champion, CASAC Science Fair
Students in grades 5-8 must participate in the Carlisle Area Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) Science Fair every other year. Students may prepare projects for the fair each year beginning in grade 4. In the years when projects are not required, the school provides additional awards to encourage all students to continue their growth using the scientific method.
National Geographic Magazine provides the school with bowl materials. Grades 4 – 8 have a class bowl where two winners are selected. These 10 students then compete with one another to determine the school champion. If the champion scores well on a written exam, he/she may represent the school in Harrisburg at the state bowl.
The Mid-Atlantic Christian Schools Association (MACSA) sponsors a regional spelling bee each year. Our school spelling bee is held in February and the top two spellers in 5th & 6th grades (combined) and the top two spellers in 7th & 8th grades (combined) represent us at the regional bee.
Each grade takes at least two field trips during the school year. Some of our past field trips are:
Kindergarten: Union Fire Company and Paulus Orchards
1st Grade: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park and Colonel Denning State Park
2nd Grade: Indian Echo Caverns and Giant Food Store
3rd Grade: Little Buffalo State Park
4th Grade: Pennsylvania State Capitol, Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction in Lancaster
5th & 6th Grades: Trips at the discretion of the teacher (Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra)
7th & 8th Grades: Washington, D. C., Creation Museum, Spruce Lake Outdoor School