Specialist Classes

At Central, we're striving to strike the balance between nurture and challenge, instruction and experience. We believe excellent middle school preparation includes more than what some view as “core” subjects – math, literacy, science, social studies, and Bible. Because we educate children holistically, we also provide engagement in specialist classes. 

Beginning in full-day Junior Kindergarten, all students learn under various specialists by participating in Spanish, music, physical education, and technology. In Senior Kindergarten through sixth grade, students also participate in art classes, as well as deepen their appreciation of language, history, and culture through weekly sessions to the school library. We're grateful to provide students with a diverse course offering.

Spanish

Our full‐immersion Spanish classroom at Central mirrors our integrated curriculum across disciplines and uses a similar collaborative, hands‐on approach found throughout the entire school. In addition to learning Spanish through conversation and literature, students participate in hands‐on, Montessori-inspired centers that focus on culture, language, and math. Our program also develops an awareness that this second most-spoken language in the world exists beyond our Central classroom by examining Latin American communities both near and far. 

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 --  both in the classroom and beyond our walls. First grade students visit Powell Hall and the St. Louis Symphony each year. Third graders not only attend an opera, but compose and perform operettas of their own for parents. Fifth grade students study and sing spirituals in conjunction with their classroom exploration of the Civil War. Performing with instruments, bodies, and voices, our students grow in musical literacy throughout their career at Central.

Physical Education

In recognizing the broad diversity of children, our desire is to teach all students life‐long habits of physical fitness. In athletics, 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 first through sixth graders participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test each spring. From running to sit‐ups to skill work and more, boys and girls are taught the importance of being healthy and fit beyond their years at Central.

Technology

Central Christian School is  equipped with interactive  projectors, Apple TV's, 65 iMacs, 85 iPads, inquiry‐based  iPad  apps, text‐to‐speech capabilities on desktops, and an abundance of academic‐enriching software. Spanning typing instruction to multi‐media  presentations to graphic design to online safety and more, the technology curriculum at Central aligns with both ISTE (national educational technology standards) and our own vision for our students. Students in full‐day Junior Kindergarten through sixth grade visit the Computer Lab each week for technology instruction and the strengthening of digital literacy skills. However, the greatest focus on technology instruction occurs in the core classroom through technology integration. Guided by our technology specialist, teachers and students use various resources available to them while engaging with our curriculum every day.

Art

Viewing art as a form of worship, the art program at Central concerns itself with truth, goodness, and beauty in order to advance God's glory. Through art class, students are given a place to identify their talents and gifts as they respond to God's world. From the  framework of Creation‐Fall‐Redemption‐Reconciliation-Consummation, our young artists learn to discern the difference between art the way God intended contrasted with the effects of sin on modern expressions of creativity. Students also develop an appreciaton for the talents of artists in many places, cultures, and time periods. 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. Building on the foundations laid in the early years, our older students go  beyond traditional materials and utilize fiber arts and pottery, as well. 

Library Skills

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, not 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.