Salisbury Adventist School (SAS) is fully accredited through the State of NC Dept. of Education Division of Non-Public Education. We are additionally accredited through the Southern Union Conference Department of Education and the Carolina Conference Department of Education, and the North American Division, the second largest system of accredited private schools in North America. We at SAS use curriculum (books and online resources) that is sanctioned by the North American Division of Seventh-Day Adventists, and we maintain biblical principles in every subject and through every discussion. We believe that the Bible is our first and foremost book for instruction. Check out a complete list of approved curriculum at http://adventisteducation.org/curriculum/elementary/textbook_list.
Subjects taught at school include: Worship, Bible, Math, Science, Social Studies (History, Government, Geography, Current Events), Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Phonics/Grammar, Handwriting, Spelling), and Physical Education. Our special Friday programs include Chapel/Assembly, Art, Music, Spanish, Outreach, and Home Economics.
How Can You Teach All of Those Grades At Once?
This is question asked often, especially by individuals who are not familiar with a multi-grade classroom. Our school operates much as a family environment does. The teacher acts as a parent, and the students become the children in a 'home-like' atmosphere. The student/teacher ratio is low (usually about 6/1), and there is an expectation of integrity and respect. The teacher uses curriculum and designs assignments based on more than just grade level, but on a student's individual aptitude or skill level. Students are told at the start of each day which activities and assignments that will happen as the day progresses. The atmosphere teaches self-discipline and internal motivation. A system of checks and balances; between the teacher, the student, and the parental unit, keep each child on task and functioning at optimal levels. There are class-wide themes, projects, and events that apply to all students and all grade levels, but the accompanying assignments are vertically structured (from the simplest assignment to the most difficult) to match the student's level and what each child is capable of. This ensures that students are able to learn at their own pace, and make progress that is unique to their own interests. The multi-grade classroom produces students of excellence. Students will produce, learn, and grow at the pace set before them. The multi-grade format is more interpersonal, socially demanding, and academically challenging.