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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    Brittany Breckner 

    Director of Academics
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A Gospel-Driven, Academically Excellent Community

The operational leadership of Central's academic program is provided by our Director of Academics, Brittany Breckner, in collaboration with our Director of Student Growth, Erin Eachus. Together, they oversee curriculum, instruction, and student assessments with whole-child flourishing in mind. Our goal really is to foster a Gospel-driven, academically excellent learning community for each unique image-bearer of God, just as our vision describes.

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    Erin Eachus 

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Curricular Touchstones

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

All of these touchstones work in conjunction with one another to equip this next generation to passionately love Him, articulate His truth, and engage with the world while influencing communities and impacting culture -- all for God's glory.

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  • Backwards Design

    At Central, we always begin with the end in mind. We ask:
    • What do we want students to learn?
    • How will we teach to help them learn it?
    • How will we know if they learned it?
    • How will we create space to allow them to respond?
    It is from these questions that our teachers plan a comprehensive curriculum and design learning experiences. We help students not only learn content but to apply what they've learned in other contexts.
  • Biblical Worldview

    The foundations we lay in every unit, every lesson, and every conversation are directly tied to Biblical Worldview. At the heart of all instruction is God's Great Story taught through the framework of Creation - Fall - Redemption - Reconciliation - Consummation -- from the beginning of time through the present. We examine the Creation Story to see what God intended, how the world has unraveled as sin entered, the impact of Christ's redemptive work on the cross, how we will join Him in healing and redeeming the world, and finally, how it will all be experienced upon fulfillment. After this framework is in place for all content areas, we design learning experiences to inform students and cultivate a response from them. Our desire is for our students to ultimately move toward all of humanity, toward societies and the world, engaging and influencing their communities for Christ.
  • Global 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 Arctic to Ancient Egypt and more. Global 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.