Academics

SLCA Academic Programs

Servant Leaders  Christian  Academy  (SLCA) provides  BJU Press Christian Classroom  Online (CCO) and synchronous project-based learning (PBL) integrating language arts, science, social studies, math, and Bible. The combination of these instructional methods in a virtual/hybrid setting encourages students to be accountable, innovative, and creative  in their academic  development.  Teachers,  as  servant  leaders,  are responsible for providing Biblical worldview  lessons  and  accountable  for planting, watering, and tending in order for students to harvest the fruit of knowledge and understanding in Christ.

SLCA full-time students complete grade-level BJU CCO academic curriculum, project-based learning (PBL), and extracurricular activities. SLCA part-time students participate in project-based learning (PBL) and extracurricular activities with the full-time students.

Graduation Requirements (Full-time Students)

  • Attend at least 170/180 days for promotional next grade level
  • Keep a minimum GPA 2.0
  • Participate in at least three volunteer projects per year
  • Submit a book report, including 15 grade-level books per year

Certificate Requirements (Part-time Students)

  • Attend registered classes with less than three absences per trimester
  • Encourage to abide by the SLCA student rules
  • Participate in group/individual activities and presentations
  • Submit a self-assessment essay at the end of trimester

Class Schedule

* Indicates classes taken by both full-time and part-time students.
PBL — Project-based Learning

All times in
Pacific Time

7:50-8:00
8:00-8:20
8:20-9:00
9:00-9:20
9:20-9:30
9:30-10:10
10:10-10:25
10:25-10:45
10:45-11:35
11:35-12:30
12:30-1:30
1:30-2:00
2:00-2:50
2:50-3:00
Monday
Welcoming
Bible
Reading
English
Break
*PBL
Recess
Spelling
Science
Math
Lunch/Recess
Social Studies
*Chapel
Homeroom

Tuesday

Welcoming
Bible
Reading
English
Break
*PBL
Recess
Spelling
Science
Math
Lunch/Recess
Social Studies
*Art
Homeroom

Wednesday

Welcoming
Bible
Reading
English
Break
*PBL
Recess
Spelling
Science
Math
Lunch/Recess
Social Studies
*I Can Serve
Homeroom

Thursday

Welcoming
Bible
Reading
English
Break
*PBL
Recess
Spelling
Science
Math
Lunch/Recess
Social Studies
*PE
Homeroom
Friday
Welcoming
Bible
Reading
English
Break
*PBL
Recess
Spelling
Science
Math
Lunch/Recess
Social Studies
*Club
Homeroom

Course Descriptions

Brief descriptions of our classes by grade level

First Grade

Bible 1 presents Bible characters chronologically in a study of Old/New Testaments, application stories that reveal God’s character

Heritage Studies 1 introduces your child to fundamental concepts related to geography, economics, and culture, within the context of American history from pre-Columbus days through the time of the Pilgrims in 1682

Phonics/English 1 continues development of understanding word meanings and communicating effectively

Reading 1 connects phonics and comprehension skills to silent and oral reading of a variety of stories in six colorful readers

Spelling 1 uses the recall-study-recall-study-recall learning method to teach word structure to your first grader

Math 1 places an emphasis on understanding mathematical concepts through the study of manipulatives while touching on the abstract

Science 1 gives the student an understanding of the concepts of gravity, force, plants, states of matter, animals, teeth, sound, and weather

Second Grade

Bible 2 illustrates key biblical doctrines and unit memory verses through a thematic, chronological study of the Old/New Testaments

Heritage Studies 2 introduces your child to geographical, economical, and cultural concepts during American Colonialism

English 2 helps your student to understand the purpose of learning grammar. Introduces writing skills through appropriate writing activities, starting with the writing process before developing sentence and paragraph writing skills

Spelling 2 presents words arranged in same-sound, different-spelling groups for auditory memory

Reading 2 introduces fun stories, poems, and informational texts that reveal more about God’s creation

Math 2 adds to your second grader’s mathematical understanding and problem-solving skills

Science 2 introduces God’s creation while encouraging the student to think and learn like a scientist

Third Grade

Bible 3 applies biblical principle skills and missionary stories

Heritage Studies 3 follows the events in America from the Constitutional Convention through the Civil War and the westward expansion

English 3 teaches grammar and strengthens a student’s writing skills that last a lifetime

Spelling 3 applies more generalizations to word families and provides extensive practice in adding suffixes

Reading 3 emphasizes reading comprehension skills through discussion questions and silent and oral reading

Math 3 presents an interactive inductive approach using manipulatives to review place value, multiplication, and division and to introduce common fractions, graphs, and other concepts

Science 3 presents God as the Author of order, examining animal classification, our solar system, skin, and many other topics

Fourth Grade

Bible 4 develops Biblical skills in observing, interpreting, defending, and applying using the Scriptures

Heritage Studies 4 teaches American history, beginning with the Civil War and ending with World War II

English 4 fosters an appreciation of language as a gift of God through developing the correct use of English grammar in written and oral communication

Spelling 4 includes instruction about spelling patterns and roles, as well as the use of words in context. Thirty-two weekly spelling lists introduce children to a variety of syllable patterns, suffixes, and prefixes

Reading 4 emphasizes higher-level thinking skills while teaching biblical principles and discernment for daily living

Math 4 provides an interactive inductive approach to build your student’s understanding of multiplication, division, and decimals, fractions, geometry, and pre-algebra

Science 4 presents God as the source of all wisdom

Fifth Grade

Bible 5 understands the New Testament as the culmination of God’s big story of Creation, Fall, and Redemption

Heritage Studies 5 covers American history completely, beginning with the birth of America and ending with President Obama, addressing current world issues along the way

English 5 continues the grammatical study of sentences, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and reference skills

Spelling 5 covers both reliable spelling patterns and irregular words. Your student will learn word meanings, effective proofreading techniques, and basic dictionary skills while engaging in meaningful writing exercises

Reading 5 strengthens a student’s reading, higher-level thinking skills, and critical reasoning skills

Math 5 emphasizes the understanding of subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions through the use of manipulatives

Science 5 teaches students to think about science in light of the Creation Mandate. Students learn about minerals, fossils, matter, light, weather, ecosystems, and the human body. Students begin to appreciate the Creator as well as their own role in the world

Sixth Grade

Bible 6 interacts with other worldviews that challenge students to examine how they think about the world

Heritage Studies 6 presents the lands, people, and cultures of ancient civilizations

English 6 continues the grammatical study of sentences, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions as well as provides practice in reference skills

Spelling 6 focuses on common Greek and Latin word beginnings and more pairs of related words

Reading 6 contains classic literature and character-building stories that illustrate biblical principles

Math 6 develops a further understanding of multiplication and division of fractions, proportions, percents, and statistics

Science 6 continues the spiral of science education by covering earth science, physical science, and biology

Seventh Grade

Bible Truths A covers our Lord’s earthly life and ministry with some examples of Christ’s own life experiences and the way He dealt with both friends and enemies

World Studies will take students on a journey through time, beginning with the Old Testament covenants to the present

Writing & Grammar 7 focuses on the eight parts of speech

Explorations in Literature teaches a biblical perspective on six unit themes: courage, nature and man, generosity, our land, humility, and family

Fundamentals of Math focuses on problem solving and real-life uses of math while reinforcing computational skills and building a solid math foundation

Life Science introduces the living world with all its wonders

Eighth Grade

Bible Truths B begins with Creation and continues with the life of Moses and the events leading to the claiming of the Promised Land

American Republic studies the chronological development of the nation from a spiritual perspective

Writing & Grammar 8 reviews the parts of speech and sentence patterns while giving special attention to the usage of correct grammatical elements

Excursions in Literature presents a biblical perspective on six major themes—friends, choices, heroes, discoveries, adventurers, and viewpoints

Pre-Algebra furthers math understanding by delving into number theory and integers, opening the world of negative numbers and algebraic expressions

Earth Science studies geology, rocks and minerals, fossils, oceanography, rivers and lakes, the atmosphere, weather, astronomy, and more

Ninth Grade

Bible 9 explains the Bible’s design and function, how the Bible relates to science, history, and literature, and why the Bible is vital in making decisions

Physical Science 9 explores the structure of matter, changes in matter, how matter moves, and waves and energy relates to chemistry and physics

Geography 9 introduces the physical characteristics of the earth and shows how they affect the cultural development of a particular area

Algebra 1 introduces relations, functions, graphing, systems of equations, radicals, factoring polynomials, rational equations, probability and statistics, and quadratic functions

Writing & Grammar 9 emphasizes grammar skills, beginning with sentence patterns and going on to the eight parts of speech, phrases, and clauses

Literature 9 teaches the student literary analysis by discussing six literary elements: conflict, character, theme, point of view, structure, and tone

Tenth Grade

Bible 10 explores personal evangelism and discipleship, walking by the Spirit, and martyrdom (final triumph of faith) 

Biology 10 teaches cell biology, genetics, the history of life, taxonomy, microbiology, botany, zoology, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology

World History 10 studies major themes in history, including government formations, economics, and geographic and religious influences

Geometry 10 provides an incremental approach to proofs and systematically promotes the retention of algebraic skills with an introduction to trigonometry

Writing & Grammar 10 develops grammar skills (parts of speech, sentence patterns, phrases, clauses) and correct usage of verbs, pronouns, and modifiers

Literature 10 teaches the elements of literature imaginative comparisons, devices of sound, allusion, symbol, and irony by studying primarily American and British authors

Eleventh Grade

Bible 11 focuses on (1) The Way of the Word, (2) What is Truth? and (3) Beyond the Sun 

Chemistry 11 teaches chemical structures, bonding, the names of substances and their formulas, and chemical equations

United States History 11 analyzes the structure of the American government as it relates to various facets of American culture and historic periods

Algebra 2 teaches real-world applications using logarithms, trigonometry, sequences, and series, and probability and statistics 

English 11 reviews key concepts in grammar, usage, and mechanics and develops writing and communication skills as well as reference chapters for library 

Writing & Grammar 11 reviews the writing process, planning, drafting, revising, and publishing, including a systematic review of grammatical and mechanical skills

American literature 11 introduces American literature from the 1600s to the present, focusing on four major literary periods: early American, Romantic, Realistic, and Modern

Twelfth Grade

Bible 12 focuses on (1) How Firm a Foundation, (2) God and His Ways, and (3) In God’s Presence

Physics 12 focuses on linear, circular, and rotational motion, kinetic theory, temperature and thermodynamics, fluids, wave theory, sound, magnetism and electromagnetism, static and current electricity, basic electronics, and optics

American Government 12 analyzes the foundations, levels, and branches of American government with special emphasis on the US Constitution.

Economics 12 surveys basic economic topics, focusing on a biblical view of stewardship

Precalculus 12 studies a continuation of topics covered in Algebra 2, conic sections and polar graphs, matrices, statistics, and an introduction to calculus through sequences, limits, and derivatives

Writing & Grammar 12 reviews the writing process as well as grammar and mechanics

British Literature traces chronologically through British literature from the 700s to the present, focusing on four major literary periods: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Age of Revolution, and the Age of Reform

COVID-19 Update:

In order to extend Servant Leaders Christian Academy’s reach to children throughout the United States and abroad given the challenging situation with COVID-19, SLCA has dedicated significant resources to ensure that all students who enroll as virtual students are afforded with the proper safety mechanisms. The academic program has been adjusted so that the online learning experience is safe, reliable, and continues to deliver a quality Christian education.