Academics

Academics

Lower School

The goal of our academic program is to assist students with the development of the intellectual talents with which God has blessed them. We recognize our students span a wide range of ability, but, as a college preparatory school, we challenge and encourage all of our students to prepare them for a college-level curriculum. We have three academic tracks in all four core subject areas, allowing our students to challenge themselves individually in one or more academic areas to the extent of their ability.
 
 

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Student/Parent Handbook

The HCA Lower School Student/Parent Handbook is available to all students and their families, and it is their responsibility to be familiar with its contents. The primary purpose of the Handbook is to provide information related to all aspects of student life, as well as policies and regulations applicable to HCA students and their families. Ignorance of a policy or regulation will not be considered an excuse for failure to observe it. HCA reserves the right to alter the policies and regulations stated in the Lower School Student/Parent Handbook, and every effort will be made to keep students and parents advised of changes.

Technology

  • Kindergarten

    Students will learn the basic operations of a computer (correct use, identifying parts, and proper shutdown techniques).
    Students will learn and use terminology (double-click, mouse, log on, internet, monitor, favorites, and address bar).
    Students will manipulate cursor using a mouse.
    Students will learn keyboarding techniques (finding letters and numbers on the keyboard, using backspace, enter, and spacebar keys).
    Students will gain knowledge and practice skills using ABCMouse.com.
  • 1st Grade

    Students will demonstrate correct computer usage (proper shutdown techniques, not sharing passwords, and logging in and out of programs).
    Students will learn correct keyboarding techniques using a variety of games and interactive software.
    Students will begin to type using both hands and using the home row keys.
    Students will use correct terminology when talking about the computer (monitor, mouse, URL, websites, favorites, saving, and username).
    Students will create ways to share their thinking and learning (creating graphic organizers, creating stories on Story Bird, and using Word to capture thoughts).
    Students will enhance science, social studies, and math skills by working with interactive websites aligned with the homeroom teachers’ curriculum.
  • 2nd Grade

    Students will demonstrate correct computer usage (proper shut down techniques, not sharing passwords, and logging in and out of programs).
    Students will learn correct keyboarding techniques using a variety of games and interactive software.
    Students will use correct hand positioning while making their fingers rest on the home row.
    Students will use technology to communicate their ideas responsibly (online safety and responsibility).
    Students use a variety of programs to communicate and share ideas (Story Bird, Book Cover Creator, Story Mapping, Word, and PowerPoint).
    Students will demonstrate proficiency of saving, opening, and closing files as it relates to PowerPoint and Word.
    Students will be able to conduct basic searches on the internet to locate websites that are being used in the classroom.
    Students will enhance science, social studies, and math skills by working with interactive website aligned with the homeroom teachers’ curriculum.
  • 3rd Grade

    Students will demonstrate correct computer usage (proper shutdown techniques, not sharing passwords, and logging in and out of programs).
    Students will learn correct keyboarding techniques using a variety of games and interactive software.
    Students will use correct hand positioning while making their fingers rest on the home row.
    Students will begin answering questions for research purposes while learning the difference between peer-reviewed sites and peer-created sites.
    Students will create products using story creating websites and presentation websites such as ReadWriteThink and Storybird.
    Students will create products using PowerPoint and Word that align with the classroom teachers’ units of study.
    Students will enhance science, social studies, and math skills by working with interactive websites aligned with the homeroom teachers’ curriculum.
    Students will learn about online safety appropriate for their age.
    Students will understand that not everyone in the “real world” or “on-line” is trustworthy.
    Students will identify what forms “personal information” can take, and how online sources solicit them.
    Students will learn that rarely are they offered something online without something being expected from them.
    Students will demonstrate why it is unwise to disclose personal information.
  • 4th Grade

    Students will demonstrate correct computer usage (proper shutdown techniques, not sharing passwords, and logging in and out of programs).
    Students will learn correct keyboarding techniques using a variety of games and interactive software.
    Students will demonstrate correct hand positioning while making their fingers rest on the home row.
    Students will begin answering questions for research purposes while learning the difference between peer-reviewed sites and peer-created sites.
    Students will create products using story creating websites and presentation websites such as ReadWriteThink and Storybird.
    Students will use Publisher, Word, and PowerPoint to create products related to classroom teachers’ units of study.
    Students will enhance science, social studies, and math skills by working with interactive websites aligned with the homeroom teachers’ curriculum.
    Students will learn about online safety appropriate for their age.
    Students will show understanding that not everyone in the “real world” or “on-line” is trustworthy.
    Students will identify what forms “personal information” can take, and how online sources solicit them.
    Students will learn that rarely are they offered something online without something being expected from them.
    Students will understand that passwords protect important information.
    Students will understand that some files can harm computers.
    Students will demonstrate why it is unwise to disclose personal information.
  • 5th Grade

    Students will demonstrate correct computer usage (proper shutdown techniques, not sharing passwords, and logging in and out of programs).
    Students will demonstrate correct computer usage (proper shutdown techniques, not sharing passwords, and logging in and out of programs).
    Students will demonstrate correct hand positioning while making their fingers rest on the home row.
    Students will create products using story creating websites and presentation websites such as ReadWriteThink and Storybird.
    Students will use Publisher, Word, and PowerPoint to create products related to classroom lessons.
    Students will enhance science, social studies, and math skills by working with interactive websites aligned with the homeroom teachers’ curriculum.
    Students will learn about online safety appropriate for their age.
    Students will be able to describe what personal information consist of.
    Students will gain appreciation of how websites gain personal information and what it can be used for.
    Students will understand it is best to seek advice before entering details online or providing to people offline.
    Students will understand that not everyone or everything that they encounter online is trustworthy.
    Students will be able to judge the veracity of a website.
    Students will learn the ways in which they can protect their personal data.
    Students will learn that they should seek support if they encounter anything worrying or unsafe while online.
    Students will explore some strategies to manage cyber-bullying.
    Students will learn that computer viruses can harm a computer, and ways to prevent this.
 
 
 

ACSI Math by Mail

Eighteen 3rd-5th grade students participated in this competition that focused on Math computation and reasoning skills. 3rd grader, Teagan O. placed 2nd in the reasoning category, 4th grader, Sophia B. placed 4th in the reasoning division, and 5th grader, Ruby D. placed 3rd in the reasoning category.
 
 

ACSI Spelling Bee

Eight lower school students participated in the ACSI region spelling bee. Sarah M. came in 1st place for the entire 4th grade division.
 
 

Feed My Starving Children

Lower School students exceeded their goal of $5,000 for this amazing organization and spent a day assembling food packs for starving children. We packed over 36,000 meals, which will feed 105 children for an entire year!
 
 

Georgia Student Technology Competition

In January, 2019, seven lower school students participated in this state competition. 5th graders, Marco P. placed 3rd in Game Design and Tristan B. placed 2nd in Robotics.
 
 

Jump Rope for Heart

Our K-5th grade students raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association through a jump rope event. We also earned 68 jump ropes, 68 playground balls and 66 t-shirts to send to students in the Dominican Republic and Equador through our High School mission trips.
 
 

Photography Contest

Over 55 students participated in our annual photography contest.

Kindergarten: Animals
1st place- Maddie K.
2nd place- Emily N.
3rd place- Sonika S.

1st Grade: Flowers/Trees
1st place- Finn F.
2nd place- Matthew K.
3rd place- Barrett G.

2nd Grade: Interesting Shapes
1st place- Elizabeth D.
2nd place- Elizabeth C.
3rd place- Lennon E.

3rd Grade: Interesting Lines
1st place- Caleb K.
2nd place-Alex T.
3rd place- Hannah F.

4th Grade: Interesting Texture
1st place-Owen S.
2nd place- Christian F.
3rd place- Britt S.

5th Grade: Interesting Shadow
1st place- Madison C.
2nd place- Luke S.
3rd place- Clara S.

Best of Show:
Cooper L.- 5th grade: Interesting Shadows
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