Academics

Academic Overview

At Central, we begin with the end in mind.

We ask, "What is it we want students to know, understand, and do as they engage God's world?” We start with a curricular foundation of biblical worldview, identifying core enduring truths for each unit and establishing essential questions for students to uncover. With this biblical worldview framework in place, our teachers then plan for learning across the disciplines.

Just as life is not fractured into separate subjects as we interact with society, our curriculum is not either. Rather, it simulates the complexity of real life as unit themes are studied holistically and instruction and assessment practices are based in real-world application. Using this interconnected and discovery-based model, students explore, analyze, and acquire the skills, knowledge and disposition necessary to become lifelong learners. They learn to think critically and engage in real-world problem solving. Our students leave equipped to apply classroom learning to complex realities -- including social and moral aspects -- and graduate prepared to confidently make decisions grounded in their identity in Christ.

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    Paya Sample 

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A Gospel-Driven, Academically Excellent Community

The operational leadership of Central's academic program is provided by our principal, Mrs. Paya Sample. She oversees the faculty, curriculum, and instruction to foster a Gospel-driven, academically excellent community for each unique image-bearer of God, in pursuit of our vision.

Curricular Touchstones

At each grade level—from 3K through Grade 6—our teachers weave together five curricular touchstones: Backwards Design, Biblical Worldview, Cultural Studies, Integral Design, and Standards Based Instruction.

All of these touchstones work in conjunction with one another to equip our students to articulate God's truth and engage with God's kingdom, impacting it accordingly for His glory.

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  • Backwards Design

    We always begin with the end in mind. What is it that we want students to learn? How will we know if they learned it? How will we teach to help them learn it? It is from these questions that teachers at Central begin to plan a cohesive and coherent curriculum for students. Teachers prepare students to take what they have learned in one context and use it in another independently.
  • Biblical Worldview

    Each grade level unit foundation ties directly to Biblical Worldview. At the heart of all instruction is God's story of Creation - Fall - Redemption - Reconciliation - Consummation, from the beginning of time through the present. We look at the Creation Story to see what God intended, how the world has fallen, the impact of Christ's redemptive work, what part in the story we play, and finally, how it will look upon fulfillment. Only after this framework is in place for all content do we plan instruction that is both integral and integrated in nature.
  • Cultural Studies

    One of our primary goals is to orient young minds to our global culture. Throughout their studies at Central, students will examine cultures throughout history and the world, from Mexico to the Artctic to Ancient Egypt and more. Cultural studies encompass major pillars of culture, including beliefs, values, traditions, family structures, educational systems, government, economics, etc. Through reading, discussion, and reflection, students evaluate how cultures are dynamic and change over time. They consider their place in our culture and the larger, globally connected world.
  • Integral Design

    Life is not fractured into separate disciplines, but instead draws upon all disciplines as we engage with society. Central curriculum simulates the complexity of real life as subjects are often studied interconnectedly through authentic literature, writing, Socratic style discussions, and project-based learning. Students explore, analyze, and acquire the skills, knowledge and disposition necessary to become lifelong learners. They learn to think critically and engage in real-world problem-solving. Because our program begins with Enduring Truths, which begin with Biblical Worldview, our students leave equipped to apply classroom learning to complex realities, including social and moral aspects, and confidently make decisions grounded in their identity in Christ.
  • Standards Based Instruction

    Students are expected to learn and progress across set standards in all academic areas, including Math, Literacy, Science, Social Studies, Bible, and specialty areas of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Physical Education. These standards encompass grade-level based skills and standards where students need to apply higher level critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication.