Our fifth and sixth-grade program, Ignite, prepares students for the rigors of future schooling while instilling in them the values of Faithfulness, Scholarship, Leadership, Responsibility, and Relationship.
Faithfulness is the key character trait from which all other traits are developed. At this age, students’ faith becomes personal, as they are better able to think abstractly and consider spiritual topics in greater depth. Students are prepared for their next school experience by learning to make decisions and consider choices through the grid of Scripture. The Ignite program emphasizes the application of Scripture to their everyday lives and the recognition of themselves as image-bearers of Christ with a specific calling within the greater work God is doing in the world. Students dive deep into Scripture as they participate in an advisory group and attend a weekly chapel designed to reach their hearts as they grow and face the many challenges that maturity brings.
Scholarship involves not only academic rigor across the subject areas but also a heavy emphasis on such skills as are necessary for successful learning and working in the twenty-first century. Critical reading and expository writing are the basis of high-level literacy and will be emphasized throughout the coursework, as will effective communication and presentation skills. In addition to mathematical calculation, students will learn and then put to use mathematical analysis in a variety of project-based learning experiences in math and science. Computer coding and circuitry, as well as science and engineering, will be used to teach critical thinking and innovative problem-solving.
Students will learn both the virtues and the importance of acts of service on behalf of the school, the community, and each other. Projects will be student-driven and student-led, teaching important skills such as organization and administration in any endeavor. Opportunities for students to be in relationship with others not in their immediate circle will be emphasized. In addition, students will learn the importance of personal accountability for one’s commitments and responsibilities in all aspects of life. The expectation of student responsibility for schoolwork, organization, and relationships will remain high.
The social and emotional development of students is largely shaped by relationships. While the parent relationship is still strong, students are increasingly influenced by their peers. Relationships will be a central focus of the Ignite program as students learn what it is to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly in the twenty-first century. Students will be taught problem-solving and empathy as the basis for conflict resolution and will work to build the skills of collaboration and teamwork.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1: 5—8 (NASB)