During the formative years of Kindergarten through fifth grade, children need to build strong foundations for all the learning and life ahead. As a parent, you know that their environment will influence academic progress, social development, spiritual growth, and so much more. Everything we do in the Lower School at New Life Academy is designed to help students reach their God-given potential, and we look forward to sharing more about how we accomplish this.
A Place Where Your Child Will Thrive
Learn more about how New Life Academy can meet your child’s needs. Your e-book will also include information on extracurricular activities, how teachers mentor students, and how your child will grow in faith.
We love the atmosphere and connections we’ve made at New Life Academy. Our expectations have been exceeded. We look forward to growing with NLA and sharing it with others.”
Words from a New Life Academy Parent
OUR LOWER SCHOOL
A Strong Academic Foundation
Our experienced teachers utilize different learning approaches, such as project-based learning, whole and small group instruction, and hands-on learning, to keep lower school students active and engaged. This approach fosters positive attitudes toward learning and allows for greater collaboration among peers. Every day allows students to explore with their senses, ask questions, and make meaningful connections between subject matter.
At the Lower School level, core skills are developed in:
Differentiated Reading Instruction
In grades K-5, we utilize a differentiated learning model that promotes gradual reading independence. This model has five areas: read to self, work on writing, read to someone, word work, and listen to a buddy/someone. Starting in third grade, we use the Accelerated Reader program to promote reading comprehension and reward students for their progress.
Lower school students rotate through five special classes weekly: Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., and Makerspace. Students visit our Innovation Center weekly to participate in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program, which encourages creativity, collaboration, innovation, and exploration in learning.
Age-Appropriate Technology Use
We believe face-to-face, collaborative learning is more effective in the early years than screen time. However, as students grow and develop, they are equipped with 21st-century skills and able to use technology as a tool to empower their learning.
Meet a Teacher
“I absolutely love teaching. Working with students means that every day is a brand-new experience. I love the energy and excitement my students bring to the classroom each day. I am always looking for new ways to make learning exciting and engaging for them. I don’t ever want to be a boring teacher and do things the same way year after year. I want to continue to learn and grow as an educator so that my last year of teaching is my best year.”