Overview

Southminster School's elementary program began in 1999 with an initial kindergarten class. The school has expanded through fifth grade and also includes pre-kindergarten, bridge, and outclasses. The safety of our students is a top priority. All school staff, substitutes, and after-school providers are background checked and fingerprinted. Our low student-to-teacher ratio, coupled with teacher expertise, further students' successes in our challenging, multi-sensory program. Children are exposed to core content areas in addition to Bible and Vocabulary daily. 


Elementary students begin and end the week with a chapel service. Each service is an opportunity for the students to worship, pray, and enjoy Christian music together. During chapel they study church history, Bible heroes from the Old and New Testaments, and the life and works of Jesus Christ. The children begin learning Bible verses as Bridge students and continue throughout their elementary school years. Prayers, verses and Affirmations of Faith are discussed and offer students a foundation of faith that help them develop strength of character.

Classes

Below is a list of classes offered, school hours, and requirements for new students entering Southminster's Elementary program.


Pre-Kindergarten (4-year-olds)

Hours: 9:00 am until 2:00 pm

Must be toilet trained by the start of school

Children's Progress Academic Assessment testing

School uniform required


Bridge

Hours: 8:00 am until 2:00 pm

Onsite testing

Teacher recommendation

School uniform required


Kindergarten through Second Grade

Hours: 8:00 am until 3:15 pm

Onsite testing

School uniform required


Third through Fifth Grade

Hours: 8:00 am until 3:15 pm

Successful completion of prior school year

Informal interview conducted by Head of School with parent and child

Onsite testing

Transcripts from previously attended schools

School uniform required


After school activities are offered to our school families as an additional service in a convenient, safe environment. These classes are taught by outside vendors on Southminster School's campus.  


  • Outclass

    Elementary Music

    The elementary music program is lead by Mrs. Gabriele Hodges. The children sing more complex pieces and are introduced to music theory and instruments. The children regularly perform at services of Southminster Church and in school programs. They also have to opportunity to audition for smaller ensembles which compete at ASCI competitions.


    Spanish

    Spanish lessons are a part of the weekly curriculum for students in Pre-K, Bridge, and Kindergarten through Fifth grade. Beginning with basic vocabulary through more complex sentence structure and concepts, our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Julie Ruiz, uses song and visual aids to impart a multi-sensory lesson. Elementary students in second through fifth grade are tested and graded on the course work presented to them.


    Physical Education

    The elementary Physical Education program is for all students from Pre-K through 5th grade. Mrs. Beth Spearman will be teaching PE to the students three days a week.  


    Technology/MakerSpace

    Each elementary class, grades Pre-K-5th receives computer technology instruction weekly from Mrs. Maria Botti. Mrs. Botti focuses on beginning computer skills, keyboarding, computer terminology, internet safety and much more. All lessons are taught using a Google Chromebook which runs off Google Apps for Education and is completely web based. Using their personal Google Accounts students will create charts, graphs and Google Presentations. Students will also conduct internet searches and participate in document sharing . Objectives from the classroom will also be reinforced in the computer lab.


    Art

    Every week our students have an opportunity to go create art and learn about art history. Mrs. Kari Wiggins has a degree in art history and teaches lessons on principles of art, artists, and movements in art history.