Charis provides an innovative early childhood program for toddlers (2 years old), preschool, kindergarten A and kindergarten B (5 years old). This program is designed to prepare “life ready” children who grow to love learning at an early age. Learning is an exciting process of discovery! Our curriculum emphasizes the uniqueness and creativity of every child. Our students develop early learning skills based on the Montessori philosophy. Montessori is a system of education for young children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods. In addition to reading and writing, our program emphasizes learning through all five senses so that our students will more naturally excel in science, athletics and arts. Children work in learning centers, and experience concrete lessons that match their abilities and interests under the guidance of trained teachers.
Charis National Academy Elementary is in session from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. Our classrooms have a student-to-adult ratio of 8:1. With this exceptional ratio, students receive individual attention while having the advantage of group interactions. Grades 1-3 math and science are taught fully in English. This gives a strong academic English foundation to our students at a formational age. In grades 4-6 our students continue to advance in English, and Bahasa is also reintroduced. Charis classrooms are positive, fun and enjoyable. Students are encouraged to ask questions. They have discussions, share ideas, and work together to create presentations that help develop their self-confidence, leadership and critical thinking skills.
Teachers work with our students to make sure they understand class materials and develop new skills. Regular homework is designed to help students build learning habits, responsibility and time-management. The level of difficulty corresponds to the age of the students.
In addition to our more traditional academic program, Charis SD students also study art, music, physical education, learn computer software in the SD computer lab.