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Holy Cross Lutheran School offers programs for 2 year olds through 8th Grade, including special programs for the summer months.

Accreditation

NLSA
Holy Cross Lutheran School is accredited through theIndiana Department of Education and through the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA).  NLSA is a rigorous national accrediting process designed to evaluate schools based on their unique purpose as Lutheran schools. It helps schools evaluate not only the quality of the academics and programs, but also most importantly the spiritual dimension of the school. The “Standards for Lutheran Schools” and report forms are similar to those used by other accrediting agencies, both secular and religious.  A downloadable copy of these standards is available below.

Standardized Testing

Holy Cross Lutheran School administers the ISTEP+ test for students beginning in the third grade. In addition, Holy Cross has partnered with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) for our student assessments.  Students at Holy Cross take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).  These tests are state-aligned, and are used to determine the instructional level of students, to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and to measure growth from year to year.  Students in Kindergarten and First Grade take tests in the areas of Reading and Math.  Students in Second Grade and above take tests in the areas of Language, Reading, Math and Science.  All of the tests are taken on a computer.  MAP tests are similar to standardized testing such as ISTEP, CAT, etc., however, they are unique in that they adapt to the student’s ability, accurately measuring what a child knows and what a child needs to learn.  The tests measure academic growth over time, independent of grade level or age.  As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.

Curriculum

Elementary
Our elementary school education program is offered for children from 1st through 8th grade.

Holy Cross Lutheran School places an emphasis on academic excellence and on the teaching of the Christian faith.  Our curriculum is challenging, yet flexible, and is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of Indiana.  Our teachers are dedicated to providing this excellence in an atmosphere of personal warmth and Christian love, recognizing the individuality of each child and encouraging each child to reach their full potential. The curriculum includes:

Religion

  • Voyages Curriculum
  • Bible stories and Bible study
  • Worship experiences/Chapel
  • Mission education
  • Memory work
  • Religious songs
  • Application to real life values

Language Arts

  • Scott Foresman “Reading Street” Curriculum
  • Quality children’s literature
  • Leveled reading activities
  • English grammar
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Drama/Reader’s Theater
  • Speaking and Listening skills
  • Independent Reading
  • Accelerated Reader/technology based reading assessments

Math

  • “Everyday Math” curriculum designed to enable children in elementary grades to learn more mathematical content and become lifelong mathematical thinkers.  The program includes:
  • Numbers and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Patterns, Functions and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Data and Chance
  • Experiential activities using a variety of manipulative materials
  • Math Pentathlon games and Math Pentathlon Club

Science

  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Space & Technology
  • The curriculum provides inquiry-rich content and activities, experimentation and field trips for hands-on learning.  It also provides cross-curricular connections and leveled readers that link reading and science skills in each chapter of the text (Scott Foresman.)  Our young scientists study all of these concepts within the context that God is the creator of all things.

Social Studies

  • Communities and their Institutions
  • People and Cultures
  • Indiana History
  • United States History
  • World and Early Civilization History
  • Teacher-led discussions, current events and the text (Scott Foresman) provide cross- curricular connections linking reading, as well as religion and character education. Children learn that respect, caring, responsibility, fairness, courage, and honesty are all important characteristics in being a member of a community.  Additional publications such as Weekly Reader, Scholastic News and Time for Kids are utilized in some classrooms.

Foreign Language

  • Introduction to Spanish language and culture

Art

  • Activities include the study of major artists and styles, exploration of various art mediums, and art appreciation

Music

  • Musical concepts, singing, music appreciation, rhythm and rhythm instruments
  • Choir for all grade levels

Technology

  • Computers and technology use in many curricular areas
  • Keyboarding
  • Word Processing
  • Powerpoint
  • Internet

Physical Education

  • Introduction to personal physical fitness and health.  Group activities, cooperation, rules and guidelines for fair play.  Physical activity for personal enjoyment, recreational opportunities, individual and  team sports.

Study Trip Experiences

Elementary Grading Scale

A: 100-96 %
A-: 95-93 %
B+: 92-90 %
B: 89-87 %
B-: 86-84 %
C+: 83-81 %
C: 80-77 %
C-: 76-74 %
D+: 73-71 %
D: 70-68 %
D-: 67-65 %
F: 64 % – Below

Kindergarten
Holy Cross offers two different kindergarten programs to meet the needs of individual students and their families. Our half-day kindergarten program meets Monday through Friday, from 8:45 AM until 1 PM. The full-day kindergarten program meets Monday through Friday from 8:45 am until 3:45 pm.

Goals

Holy Cross Lutheran School provides a fun, flexible, Christian atmosphere of teaching and learning experiences to enable children to:Develop a strong, positive self-worth as a valued child of God.

  • Develop a strong, positive self-worth as a valued child of God.
  • Formulate social and emotional skills appropriate for home and school.
  • Develop cognitive and motor skills appropriate for each child through the philosophy that a child’s work is his play.
  • Initiate and Maintain spiritual growth through weekly Bible stories and daily intervention of activities with Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Curriculum

Holy Cross Lutheran School places an emphasis on academic excellence and on the teaching of the Christian faith. Our curriculum is challenging, yet flexible, and is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of Indiana. Our teachers are dedicated to providing this excellence in an atmosphere of personal warmth and Christian love, recognizing the individuality of each child and nurturing a positive self-concept.

The kindergarten curriculum is carefully planned for the progressive development of each child and to promote continuity in the transition from preschool to elementary school. Students develop a positive self-image as they improve skills and learn to work both independently and with others. Classroom activities maintain a well-balanced variety of individual, small-group, and whole-group instruction. The curriculum includes:

Religion

  • Bible Stories and songs
  • Worship experiences/Chapel
  • Mission education
  • Application to real life values

Language Arts

  • Scott Foresman “Reading Street” Curriculum
  • Quality children’s literature
  • Emerging reader activities
  • Skill-building activities in handwriting and journaling
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Read the Zoo (Indianapolis Star)
  • Introduction to Spanish language and culture

Everyday Math

  • Experiential activities in numeral recognition and math concepts using a variety of manipulative materials
  • Math Pentathlon games and Math Pentathlon Club

Science and Social Studies Units

  • The Five Senses
  • Human Body
  • Solar System
  • Native Americans
  • Community and Multicultural Awareness
  • US Geography

Other Learning

  • Art activities, including the study of major artists and styles
  • Music and Rhythmic movement
  • Choir and Rhythm Instruments
  • Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Large and Fine Motor development
  • Study Trip experiences
Preschool
Holy Cross offers a Preschool ministry for children ages 2 through Pre-K. Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool:

  • Is an extension of the ministry of Holy Cross Lutheran Church to the young child and the parents of our community.
  • Believes that a good beginning for every child is of great importance.
  • Believes that parents have the primary responsibility and privilege to provide the first Christian instruction and training for the child.
  • Can strengthen and support the parents in this responsibility by assisting and nurturing the child in his spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical needs.
  • Focuses on the total development of each individual child.
  • Has a flexible and child-centered curriculum with warm and caring teachers.
  • Provides quality education with experienced and qualified teachers.

Goals

Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool provides a fun, flexible, Christian atmosphere of teaching and learning experiences to enable children to:

  1. Develop a strong, positive self-worth as a valued child of God.
  2. Formulate social and emotional skills appropriate for home and school.
  3. Develop cognitive and motor skills appropriate for each child through the philosophy that a child’s work is his play.
  4. Initiate and Maintain spiritual growth through weekly Bible stories and daily intervention of activities with Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Curriculum

The curriculum is carefully planned to provide continuity and progressive development of the children. Children enrolled learn to feel good about themselves as they learn to work with others. The curriculum includes:

  • Bible Stories
  • Music and Rhythmic Movement
  • Art Activities
  • Reading and Math Readiness
  • Nature and Science Experiences
  • Alphabet and Numerical Activities
  • Motor Coordination
  • Language Development
  • Visual & Auditory
  • Perception Activities

Each day has a balance of free choice and group activity, quiet play and active play; indoor and outdoor play (when possible); large muscle and small muscle manipulation activities (cutting, puzzles, etc.)

Before/After Care
Before and after school care are available for those students who are enrolled in 3-year-old preschool or older and are potty-trained. The hours of the program are from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 1:00 pm until 5:30 pm on school days.  Children may only use the program on the days that they attend school, and no care is available on non-school days or holidays.  Students are requested to enroll in the before/after school care programs.  Drop-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Students using the before school care program are asked to eat breakfast prior to arriving, or bring breakfast from home.  Students using the after school care program are asked to bring a small, healthy snack from home for the afternoon.

Summer Day Camp

Holy Cross Lutheran School offers a Summer Day Camp for children ages 3 through those finishing third grade.

The camp activities are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and run from 9am until 1pm during five weeks of the summer. Each day is filled with many new and exciting learning activities, including a Bible story.  You may register for as many days as you like (from one to all 15), and there is a nominal charge for each day of the camp.

Children eat a lunch brought from home, and advance registration is recommended, since drop-ins are taken on a space available basis only.

Downloadable Files

Files related to the academic programs of Holy Cross Lutheran School are below.

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Parent/Student Handbook 1.54 MB 1357 downloads

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School Supply List 2016-2017 61.00 KB 259 downloads

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