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  • Language Arts – Hillcrest believes that a carefully developed integrated language arts curriculum, exemplifying Seventh-day Adventist standards, will ensure that all students are literate and can successfully communicate.  Pathways: A Journey to Excellence through Literacy is based on a balanced approach focusing on individual student needs combined with effective practices.  To achieve balanced literacy, a student needs integrated and interconnected language arts experiences that are both receptive (viewing, listening, reading) and expressive (speaking, visually representing, writing).
  • Science and Health – Hillcrest teaches a creation-based science curriculum that encourages students to gain a deeper appreciation of the work of our Creator by using inquiry and discovery.  These include an understanding of life science, earth science, physical science, and health science.  The objectives of the program are to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of science in order to motivate them to apply that knowledge to daily living so that they may achieve optimum health and the knowledge of science.  
  • Math - We are proud to announce that we have purchased and will be using Hartcourt Math's newest curriculum entitled GO Math! (grades 1-5) and Big Ideas! (grades 6-8).  This new comprehensive mathematics program is specifically built to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The program emphasizes depth of understanding and procedural fluency through interactive lessons, research based instructional approaches, best practices from around the world, and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students. With an emphasis on developing 21st century skills, the program includes a comprehensive offering of both print and online components to support students, teachers, administrators, and parents.  
  • Social Studies - Social studies is an intrinsic part of Seventh-day Adventist education and serves to amplify and enrich the curriculum through presenting an awareness of God’s hand in the affairs of men and of man’s obligations to serve others.  The curriculum we present outlines five thematically based curriculum strands and their corresponding sets of essential learnings that identify what students should learn in the social studies program in grades 1-8.  These themes include: History; Civics and Government; Geography; Economics; Individuals, Society, and Culture.
  • Bible and Worship – In light of scriptural emphasis, the Bible curriculum seeks to bring students into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.  Having embraced God’s love through Christ, the Bible curriculum will help students explore God’s claim on their lives, ever seeking new ways to express their love to Him and others, through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
  • Physical Education - The Seventh-day Adventist Physical Education curriculum seeks to help students learn to reflect God’s image by developing proficiency in developmental and character areas of Motor Skills (manipulative, locomotor, non-locomotor), Fitness (health fitness, skill fitness, fitness self-evaluation), Concepts (safety, movement, principles, game strategies, body systems, environmental responsibility, rules of health, fitness and games, sport history/current events, awareness of recreational opportunities), Positive Attributes (honesty, patience consideration, self-worth, humility, responsibility), and Interpersonal Skills (cooperation, sportsmanship, leadership, respect).
  • Music and Arts - The arts at Hillcrest constitute a fundamental component of basic education.  The program’s primary purpose is to develop intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication in the development of the whole brain.
  • Computer Technology - Technology provides us with exciting challenges and opportunities as we enter the 21st century.  Its continued diversity extends the ability to communicate information, operate systems, and process data rapidly.  Its use expands our thinking capacity, challenges our daily learning environment, and is a natural part of our lifestyle.  Knowing how to use the computer and other forms of technology is essential in the classroom, the workplace, and the home.  
Hillcrest is proud to be an all-Mac school!  Students will have the opportunity to utilize the latest technology while enhancing their learning.
  • Community/Christian Service – Adventist schools have been established to help complete a mission - God’s mission.  Our young people are to see Christ, know Christ, and emulate Christ.  One of our roles at Hillcrest is to provide an environment that keeps them focused on these goals.
NAD Office of Education Curriculum Guide




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