Yearly students in K-6th grade are required to take the Iowa Test of Basic Skill (ITBS)
Heritage Christian participates in the following activities
- Young Authors: Students write and illustrate and original story.
- Spelling Bee: Students 4th-8th may participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee
The overall goals of the elementary program are:
1. To grow in knowledge of the Bible, discover spiritual gifts and begin a daily walk with the Lord.
2. To build a strong foundation of academic skills in the basics of mathematics, reading and language arts.
3. To allow students to apply knowledge through hands-on learning.
Students receive instruction in mathematics, science, Bible, reading and language arts, history, handwriting, Spanish, spelling, physical education, music and art.
Daily Bible study and devotions are a major emphasis in the elementary program. Each week students will have Scripture memorization and chapel. Community ministry activities provide an opportunity for students to put their faith into action
A Beka curriculum provides a strong phonics base, biblical integration and high academic standards. The curriculum in supplemented with award-winning classic and contemporary children’s literature. Outside reading requirements strengthen literacy and allow for parental involvement.
Math is taught from the perspective that our world was created with a divine plan and is logical and consistent. Manipulative and hands-on activities are used to introduce concepts that allow students to see how and why math works. Students progress to abstract thought and symbolic mathematics through lower, middle and upper elementary grades.
The HCS Elementary Music program provides opportunity to reinforce several areas of development. Emphasis is placed on expressing love for God through our love for music, good posture, body control, harmony, rhythm, form, and unity. Students are encouraged to train and develop their hearts and God-given gifts to their fullest potential so they will be ready for whatever God may call them to do.
The Elementary Physical Education program provides the opportunity to reinforce teamwork and lifetime fitness skills. Through activities and team games, students will develop skills regarding movement and fitness.
The Elementary Spanish program at HCS is an opportunity for young students to become familiar with Spanish language and culture. Students participate in oral question-and-answer sessions, conversations with each other, and vocabulary-related games, puzzles, and activities. All grades learn simple “getting to know you” conversational skills and memorize songs, Bible verses, and the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. Students emerge from HCS Elementary Spanish with confidence and a memorable collection of participatory experiences in the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries