At Cascade View Christian School our curriculum is taught from a biblical world perspective. We have selected our curriculum because we believe it is going to help students read and know the Word of God, know how to share it with others, and come to know Jesus and have a personal relationship with him while strengthening their academic skills.
We want our students to be as prepared as they can be to work hard, make mistakes, trust God, and never stop seeking truth, beauty, and goodness once they have graduated. We want students to study the past from creation to modern times to see how God is present in every bit of history and how they are part of His story. We want students to read God’s word, write it on their hearts, and shine with the light of Jesus.
We want students to study mathematics in a way that proves how ordered and knowable God is. We want students to study creation with awe and wonder. We want students to read the great works of the past to recognize beautiful stories and writing while exploring the constancy of human nature and discovering how all people need the redemption of Christ.
We want students to study Latin to expand their horizons, develop a love for language at a young age, to become better readers, writers, and eventually to study great works in the original language. We want students to have discussions about what it means to follow Christ and develop a strong faith they know how to defend.
We have carefully chosen curriculum from a variety of publishers that supports these goals. We’d love to discuss our curriculum with your during your school tour.
CVCS believes that in order to cultivate students who seek to know the truth, goodness, and beauty of God’s creation their day needs to be filled with opportunities to encounter Him. That is why we are so glad to offer an academically rigorous Bible based curriculum and many opportunities for students of all ages to move, learn, and grow.
Each student will start their morning with a time of prayer and worship that is led by their teacher. During regular classroom instruction you can often find students singing the multiplication tables or chanting their Latin practice while standing or moving around the room. We require P.E. at every grade level and offer breaks/recess so students are given time to exercise and connect with each other daily.
Even with a rigorous classroom workload students are given time to move, make meaningful friendships, fellowship, and learn in many different ways.
We believe that studying Latin will enhance what we are learning in other subjects and provide an amazing opportunity for students to unlock deeper understanding of the English language. The following comes from the creators of our Latin curriculum, Classical Academic Press: There are many good reasons to study Latin. Here is a top ten list:
1. Becoming Multilingual: Latin never truly died, but rather evolved into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian (the Romance languages). About 90 percent of the vocabulary of these languages comes from Latin. To learn Latin is therefore to begin a study of 6 languages at once.
2. English Vocabulary and Grammar: Studying Latin aids students in mastering English. Since 50 percent of all English words are derived from Latin—along with 80–90 percent of all polysyllabic words—students will greatly expand their vocabulary. The regular grammar of Latin is also ideal for learning English grammar or the grammar of many other languages.
3. Professions: Latin prepares students for many important professions that are steeped in Latin terms and phrases or in English words derived from Latin. These career fields include law, medicine, science, music, theology, philosophy, art, and literature.
4. Writing and Reading: The increased vocabulary and understanding of grammar gained by studying Latin enables students to write and read with greater ease and clarity.
5. English Literature: Latin grants students a deeper understanding of English literature prior to 1950, much of which is replete with references and citations in Latin.
6. History: The study of Latin and its history and influence helps students to more fully understand and appreciate the Roman Empire, which has had profound and continuing effects on Western civilization.
7. Great Literature and Art: Latin enables students to enjoy some of the most influential literature in the world—in the original language. Learning Latin well enough to read original Latin works is an attainable skill that imparts great satisfaction and enjoyment. Additionally, great works of art and monuments all over the world are frequently graced with Latin.
8. Educational Virtue: The study of Latin is an ongoing practice in linguistic puzzle-solving that generally helps students to become close and thoughtful readers and writers. Many scholars believe it also hones the mental faculties, cultivating careful analysis and attention.
9. Pleasure: Deciphering the “secret code” of Latin and learning how to puzzle-solve, see the meanings behind words, and read great authors in their own tongue is a pleasure that will last students a lifetime.
10. Simultaneous Learning: As you can see, studying Latin is a way of performing advanced study in multiple subject areas simultaneously. It is a master art that enables students to in turn master other skills and other subjects.”
We understand that students have a variety of activities and responsibilities outside of school and keep that in mind when assigning homework. Since we only attend school 4 days per week homework is necessary for our academic goals to be met.
Homework is also time for a student to practice their self-discipline and apply the skills they have learned to an assignment without teacher support. This helps encourage academic independence and personal responsibility. Study habits vary, so it is difficult to estimate the amount of homework time for any one student. Students should be prepared for thirty minutes to one hour of homework per night depending on the grade level. 1 st graders can expect to do 15 to 30 minutes of homework each night and 9 th graders can expect to do one to two hours of homework each night.
School is closed until the end of the 2020 school year or until further notice. We are providing distance and online learning during the closure. Please call us at 503-769-3356 if you need any assistance.