Academic Overview - Lower School
TPCS provides an educational atmosphere that builds knowledge, nurtures personal growth, and encourages lifelong study, within the context of the Biblical worldview--that is, God’s design and purpose for the world and His perspective on how we should relate to it. All TPCS staff members incorporate our mission, to challenge and educate our Eagles within a framework of a Biblical worldview while leading them to a personal faith and transformed life in Jesus Christ, into each day at all grade levels.
TPCS’s Lower School division (Kindergarten – 6th Grade) meets Monday – Friday from 8:10 am-3:10pm. Grades 7 and 8 grade, while considered part of our Upper School division, also meet in the Academy building from 8:10am-3:10pm.
Continual skill application in each academic area is provided: Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, and Bible. CoCurricular classes offer opportunities in Art, Music, Spanish (beginning in 1st grade), Physical Education, and Media Center/Technology. Biblical principles serve as a developmental basis for perceiving, thinking and problem-solving skills. All Golden Eagles experience chapel service each week. A goal for our students is to gradually transition from a teacher-led thinking process to becoming independent critical thinkers.
In order to best meet the needs of all learners, NWEA MAP data is collected three times throughout the school year to drive the instructional needs of our Golden Eagles. Data analysis can provide a snapshot of what our students know, what they should know, and what can be done to meet their academic needs. With appropriate analysis and interpretation of data, our educators are able to make informed decisions that positively affect the academic growth of each student. Research shows, when it comes to improving instruction and learning, it is not the quantity of data that counts, but rather how the information is used. Using data in instructional decisions will lead to improved performance for our Eagles. While no single assessment can tell educators all they need to know to make well-informed instructional decisions, TPCS educators use multiple data sources to drive instruction and monitor growth. As data is collected, said information is readily available for parents and students for goal setting purposes as well as monitoring and accountability.
TPCS Golden Eagles have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular after school clubs and academic enrichment such as, but not limited to, Speech Meet, Spelling Bee, Math Olympics, and other after school activities. Athletics begin in 5th grade.