Berean Academy offers preschool classes in Newton on the campus of Grace Community Church. The purpose of our preschool program is to expose children and their families to excellent biblically integrated education at an affordable cost. Jesus called children to himself when he said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:6). Berean Academy Preschool provides a happy, loving, challenging and distinctively Christian environment for your child. We recognize each child as an individual while teaching appropriate social behavior and attitudes toward others. The program is licensed by the state of Kansas and approved by the KDHE. Classes begin September and run through mid-May.
Our Elementary program consists of grades K - 6. Students in these grades receive training by dynamic Christian teachers using a curriculum specifically designed for Christian schools. Strong reading training is provided to students through a comprehensive literacy program. The memorization of math facts is another strength of the academic program, stressing mental calculation. The subjects taught include Bible, phonics, reading, language arts, vocabulary, writing, penmanship, spelling, math, science, social studies, music, art, typing, and physical education.
The cornerstone of our program is comprehensive biblical integration into every subject. Biblical principles that address questions about five key areas of life...God, Creation, Humanity, Moral Order, and Purpose are integrated into all areas of Berean’s elementary program. The program also stresses critical thinking skills and promotes a disciplined thought and reasoning process. Comprehensive biblical integration is crucial at this age, as children enter into a developmental period where logic, reasoning, and deeper critical thinking skills emerge. With a broad-based emphasis in our lower elementary grades on the rules of learning grammar and mastery of memory work in mathematics, fifth and sixth grade students are well prepared to apply that reservoir of knowledge to deeper content.
The junior high years are some of the most important years in the life of a child. Berean Academy’s junior high program is designed to meet the unique developmental needs of students at this age with high-interest, academically relevant activities and units of study. This is accomplished while maintaining high academic expectations, preparing students for the challenges of high school. Berean Academy's junior high strives to be a Christ-centered, academically challenging, and spiritually encouraging learning environment, where students can grow, fellowship, and be strengthened in their academic development and in their relationships with Christ and one another.
Junior high is a critical time in a student’s worldview development. Strong relationships with our students allow teachers to create an environment that gives students the freedom to ask questions and grow in their personal, academic, and spiritual lives. Students are taught to look to God's Word for the answers to their questions, refusing to seek answers in the world's wisdom. Our prayer is that our students learn to seek Him as they develop a worldview based on the knowledge and wisdom of His Word.
Our high school program equips students with an excellent academic foundation and knowledge of the scriptures, stressing a biblical worldview and developing Christ-like character, critical thinking, and servant leadership. In addition to the academic program, students engage in chapel services twice a week and have the opportunity to participate in service projects in the surrounding communities. Berean Academy teachers are a “living curriculum” who understand the value of relationships with students and the importance of modeling Christ to them on a daily basis.
Berean Academy is a place where students discover their talents and what motivates and inspires them. During the high school years, our students make deep connections with their teachers and their peers. They become part of a tightly knit community committed to learning and serving God. Our high school curriculum includes everything you would expect in a college-preparatory Christian high school: Bible, literature, history, biology, chemistry, physics, language, and fine arts, as well as several dual credit college courses. Hands-on electives, experiential components, and technology bring the material to life. Our smaller class sizes encourage continual interaction and idea sharing, which allows teachers to establish a rapport with each student.
Berean Academy’s Resource Services provides aid to students in reaching their fullest academic potential in a prayerful, positive, and caring environment. Berean Academy’s Resource Services is staffed by trained and certified educators in the fields of Academic Language Therapy and Multisensory Math. The Resource Services serves as a vehicle for communication, support, and advocacy for parents of children with learning differences. Continued education of different learning styles and gifts for parents, teachers, and students is an on-going role of Resource Services. “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:6 NIV)
Discovery Program: (Serving students in grades 3-8) Berean's Discovery Program uses the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) Educational Therapy® model. This model was developed to treat assumed, underlying identified causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. The program is comprised of two 90 minute sessions per week. The goal of educational therapy is to help students develop tools of independent learning in the classroom and in life. Graduates of the program become independent, self-advocating learners who are able to achieve their God-given potential. Students who qualify for the Discovery program demonstrate an average or higher IQ that is not being reflected in academic work due to learning disabilities as diagnosed by testing.
Pull out times will be arranged between the therapist and the teacher. The Resource Room provides an accommodation plan which may modify or accommodate classroom work to meet student’s academic needs while enrolled in therapy. Therapists also work closely with the classroom teacher to ensure the best possible learning environment. This is a fee-based program.
Speech & Language Therapy: Berean students may receive speech and language therapy through Butler County Special Education Cooperative. This therapist works with students with both articulation and language deficits. An individual education plan is required to receive services.
Reading Therapy: Berean offers Alphabetic Phonics Therapy to elementary students. This two-year program is a fee-based therapy designed to bring students up to grade level or beyond in reading and phonics.
Multi-sensory Classes: Berean offers multi-sensory math classes on an as-needed basis when a student or a cohort group of students shows a need. These classes are taught using a multi-sensory (kinesthetic, auditory, and visual) method. This is a fee-based program.
FOCUS: Students can access the Resource Room on an as-needed basis for study helps, learning organizational skills, having tests read to them, or preparing for tests or projects. The FOCUS program is also fee-based.