Subjects - Grades 1 through 8 outline of basic curriculum.
The following content and skills areas are emphasized: Religion, Language Arts (reading, creative writing, spelling, phonics, grammar, library skills), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (history, geography), Fine Arts, and Physical Education.
WJA’s art curriculum is based upon ARTS ATTACK, a video-based art curriculum. The goal of the program is to teach every child how to express himself/herself through art by learning to draw, learning a variety of techniques and working in a variety of media. Students will learn the elements and principles of art and drawing in a developmental and sequential way. They will study the art of recognized artists, from different cultures and historical periods.
Students are on a four-year cycle of Bible stories that begin with pre-creation events and end at the restoration of the earth. Students in all four grades may study the same content during the same year while using materials at their own ability level. The program seeks to develop spiritual growth and basic concepts about a loving God.
The focus is on problem solving, making decisions, increasing trust in God, thinking critically, and examining values through a study of both the Old and New Testaments.
The emphasis is on basic Christianity. It covers the struggle between good and evil visible in our world today and discusses why it happened and not merely what happened. Spiritual growth and development in connection with a personal relationship with Christ is cultivated.
One goal of Wilmington Junior Academy is computer literacy and it’s integration into all subject areas. Students will develop competency in keyboarding, becoming proficient in word processing, using spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and presentation tools.
We follow the Computer Skills Growth Chart as recommended by the Delaware Center of Educational Technology and based on NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) for students. All classrooms have internet access and are connected through a Local Area Network (LAN).
The language arts curriculum is comprehensive. A strong reading foundation is built via basic phonics and readers. In addition to the basic reading course, WJA encourages achievement through the individualized Accelerated Reader program. Students develop higher-level critical thinking skills as they evaluate both assigned reading material and that which they read for personal enjoyment.
Once writing fundamentals such as proper handwriting are learned, basal language arts textbooks are used in the teaching of grammar, usage, and spelling. Creativity, critical thinking, and clarity of expression are the goals of the writing program. Writing assignments are integrated with other subject areas when possible and include journals, reports, poetry, and essays.
Students are taught according to their ability level. In the lower grades, students use manipulatives and hands-on applications. Advanced students in the upper grades may have the option of taking algebra in their 8th grade year. In addition to emphasizing the basics of mathematics instruction, these courses emphasize the critical thinking and problem solving skills so necessary in the world today. Computers and calculators are integrated into the programs. Students go beyond simple rote into direct application.
Students develop musical listening skills, understand and read musical notation, and study vocal performance and recorder flutes. They develop an appreciation for and understanding of music history in the western culture. The general goal is to develop aesthetic awareness, increase technical proficiency, and provide a body of knowledge for the student which will heighten his/her capacity to experience and appreciate the best musical literature.
The physical education program is an integral part of the education of all students and should be enjoyable and success-oriented. It consists of planned experiences that challenge and encourage physical and creative abilities in a non-threatening way. Our program emphasizes physical fitness and wellness, motor skills, social development and interaction, pursuit of individual excellence, self-worth, Christian character, and a commitment to a lifelong participation in physical activities.
Science and Health
Our curriculum seeks to develop knowledge, thinking and experimental skills and attitudes as they relate to biology, earth/space science, health science, and physical science. Students are taught to acknowledge God as the Creator, Sustainer, and Maintainer of the universe. Teachers help students to recognize their personal responsibility in achieving and maintaining optimum physical, mental, and spiritual health and their responsibilities to the world community by protecting the environment. A practical approach encourages development of skills in researching and communicating scientific information.
The social studies program trains students to understand the world community of today through the study of world history. An emphasis is placed upon research skills which enable students to apply, analyze, and evaluate information. Students are encouraged to recognize and accept the value of human rights, religious tolerance, ethics, patriotism, the brotherhood of humanity, personal identity, civil rights, and cultural understanding. Career responsibilities, community involvement, ecological concerns and contemporary social issues are introduced. Students learn to research, analyze, and work toward creative solutions for problem-solving.
The above descriptions are a brief overview of the subject areas taught in each classroom. For a complete description of our curriculum, contact us or please refer to the individual curriculum guides available in the school office.