The six years of lower school provide students with a carefully planned, but always flexible, program of learning and growth experiences for each student’s development -physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Reading, writing, mathematics, Bible, history, scientific inquiry, learning experiences on the campus’ natural playgrounds, art, music, band, Spanish, technology, and daily physical education are part of each week.
Research indicates a child's early language experiences impact her/his later reading progress and time spent outdoors improves not only physical health and brain development but also mental and emotional health. Similar studies confirm a child's belief system—the personal view of the world—is formed by age eleven.
All of this information significantly confirms CPA's commitment to provide an academically challenging program of experiences that enhance our students' future school and life choices. The lower school program intentionally fosters the foundational understanding of what it means to live in the light of the truth that God made man for His glory. These early years are the critical foundation for students becoming lifelong learners, equipped with skills for living in the 21st century and knowledge that gives an understanding for eternity.
Lower School Parent Information Sessions are the best way to experience the unique and rigorous approach to education and child development at CPA. The session includes classroom visits where teachers engage daily in large-group, small-group, and individual instruction. Click here to fill out an inquiry and register for a parent information session.
We live in a time and place where the battle for the hearts of our children is strong. In such a time as this, the faculty of CPA Lower School finds purpose and passion. We commit to partnering with parents in helping our students come to know God. This is largely due to the way our faculty reflects Jesus through pursuant love and daily instruction.
In nurturing their relationship with Jesus, we want our students to grow in knowledge of Biblical worldview. We strive to guide them to evaluate every aspect of life according to God’s Word and love for them. Whether in academics, arts, or athletics, we lead students to glorify God through loving others, sharing God-given talents, and exhibiting His love to others.
By the time our students transition to middle school, we want them to step into the next chapter of life further transformed by God as vessels of His glory. CPA strives to become excellent in all that we do. Our desire for excellence comes out of a desire to love and glorify our Creator.
This calling affects how we craft our instruction and educate our students. We want to target and support the development of the whole child. In addition to a research-based core curricula, student learning is enriched by daily physical education and weekly classes in STEAM, Art, Music, Library, and Spanish. Research shows that these exploratory classes enhance student learning, critical thinking, and creativity.
Along with our curriculum, our greatest asset is our faculty and the way we collaborate as a community of educators. We firmly believe that we are stronger together, and thus work in relationship with each other.
Head of Lower School