Our Kindergarten program is designed to provide a caring and nurturing environment where the love of Jesus is shared. The love of learning is initiated with an academic curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the young child. The curriculum includes: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Bible. We believe that children learn best when they are actively engaged and enjoying themselves. This atmosphere allows for growth and development of the whole child. Enrichment activities include separate instruction in computers, library, music and physical education.
In Kindergarten the joy of learning is rooted in the process of discovery. It is our purpose to attend to each child's spiritual, mental, physical, social and emotional well being.
Grades 1, 2 & 3
Here, students begin to leave behind some of the dependency they clung to in Kindergarten and are encouraged to take a more active role in deciding what paths they will take. They are given choices and are encouraged to behave in a responsible way toward others and their environment.
Teachers foster an atmosphere of caring, open communication and trust. In addition to educating scholastically, teachers also focus on each student's spiritual, emotional, ethical and physical life. Units are generally taught with a central theme in mind that is woven throughout the curriculum. Technology is introduced as a learning and research tool, while being integrated throughout various areas of the learning process.
Grades 4 & 5
More emphasis is placed on independence, ownership and responsible behavior choices. Students in these grades have more opportunity to make choices about what they learn within the curriculum structure. Teachers facilitate learning as much as they direct the learning. Much of the learning for these students is accomplished through project-based thematic instruction.
In these grades students now have the opportunity to join band and/or choir. In P.E. the instructional focus is on personal fitness, skill development and team play. A variety of extracurricular sports programs are available throughout the year. Technology is integrated into the daily curriculum in a variety of ways, including ample access to the PAES computer lab.
PAES prioritizes a strong reading program. Students who are struggling will get individualized instruction from their teacher as well as time with the Reading Aide, providing needed support designed to meet their needs. Should outside tutoring become necessary, PAES has partnered with this NE Portland Sylvan Learning Center. PAES families receive a 20% discount at this location.