Academics

Beyond Core

Because we educate children holistically, specialists classes are an integral part of a student's academic experience. During COVID-19, our specialist teachers are exhibiting immense creativity and flexibility by bringing their classroom to each homeroom cohort.

In addition to core subjects, Design Lab, Art, Music, Library, and Physical Education cultivate an environment where whole-child education can occur.

List of 6 items.

  • Design Lab

    Our STEM-based Makerspace was introduced in the 2019-20 school year, and all SK through 6th Grade students engage with this learning model twice per week. Design Lab is meant to foster creativity and problem-solving skills through the use of organic materials and technology. From a hot glue guns and a myriad of natural supplies, to iPads and robots, students engage in ongoing projects -- both group-based and individual - week after week.
  • Art

    From the framework of Creation‐Fall‐Redemption‐Reconciliation-Consummation, our young artists learn to discern art the way God intended as compared to the effects of sin on modern expressions of creativity. From projects based on early children's literature to replicating masterpieces of Egyptian art and the Renaissance, students incorporate key elements of art when exploring a variety of mediums.
  • Music

    Because we are made in God's image, we can create, compose, and respond to His greatness through song. Central students experience various genres -- including performance, ballet, opera, folk, and spirituals -- during music education. Performing with instruments, bodies, and voices, our students grow in musical literacy throughout their career at Central.
  • Library

    While we integrate technology into many aspects of a Central education, we’ve intentionally chosen to keep most technology out of the library. We want our students' library experience to deepen their literacy appreciation, rather than their tech skills. From exposure to various genres to hearing complex plots and higher‐level themes to literary analysis with their peers, students are trained to develop their "reading muscles" and appreciate higher levels of literature. We are especially pleased to be able to offer a cloud-based library book check out process.
  • Physical Education

    In recognizing the broad diversity of children, our desire is to teach all students life‐long habits of physical fitness. We emphasize character‐building, good sportsmanship, respect for authority, team work, self‐discipline, and improving individual and team skills. Students learn a variety of sports in developmentally appropriate ways and are taught the importance of being healthy and fit beyond their years at Central.
  • Spanish

    Our Spanish classroom at Central mirrors our collaborative, hands‐on approach found throughout the entire school. In addition to learning Spanish through conversation and literature, students engage with Latin American culture, too. Our program develops an awareness that this second, most-spoken language in the world exists beyond our Central classroom by examining communities both near and far.