Academics

Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten

Brooklake Christian School offers its youngest students a variety of opportunities to begin their lifelong learning experience in a nurturing environment full of group and individual self-discovery and teacher-guided activities. Students gain the necessary enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge to be successful throughout their academic years.

Currently we offer the following Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes:

  • Half-Day Preschool (age 3+)

    • Mon., Wed., & Fri.
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • All-Day Preschool (age 3+)

    • Mon. – Fri.
    • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten (age 4+)

    • Mon. – Fri.
    • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • All-Day Pre-Kindergarten (age 4+)

    • Mon. – Fri.
    • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Student Learning

Bible

A knowledge and awareness of God as our Creator permeate each day at Brooklake Christian School. Students are introduced to a loving God who gave us His Son as our Savior. They enjoy God’s Word through Bible stories and songs, and learn to recognize and emulate the Fruit of the Spirit.

 Social/Emotional

Through our safe and stimulating learning environment, students experience the joy of accomplishment as they are introduced to school routines, take responsibility in the classroom, develop self-control and sensitivity to others, learn how to be a good friend, use manners, and gain skills through guided cooperative play. Teachers enhance student self-esteem and empathy for others by modeling encouragement, kindness, and caring. Students learn that each person has gifts and talents, and has been made unique and special by God.

Reading Readiness

Students are instilled with curiosity and a love of reading in our preschool and prekindergarten programs by being immersed in an environment rich with age-appropriate literature. Awareness of alphabet letters and sounds, phonics, and rhymes is introduced and repeated, using all of a child’s senses through art, music, and movement. Emphasis is placed on increasing vocabulary through active participation in hearing and telling stories.

Writing

Students in Pre-Kindergarten will be exposed to proper pencil/pen grip and to writing their names, forming the numbers and letters, and copying short sentences by the end of the school year. Students in Preschool will trace letters, numbers, and shapes.

Math

Children experience math concepts through sorting and classifying objects by color, shape, and other shared characteristics. Number concepts are introduced through hands-on activities as students begin to understand one-to-one correspondence and patterns.

Science

Children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world God created for us are nurtured and developed through experiencing nature firsthand inside the preschool and prekindergarten classrooms and in the school yard. Children learn about the cycle of living things including plants, animals, and the human body.

Social Studies

Students learn the concept of community and citizenship through working together to achieve goals in the classroom, such as helping one another, taking turns, and making group decisions. Students learn about jobs and helpers in the wider community, as well as in their classroom community, and their connection to the world outside of their families and school.

Art

Expression and learning through different art forms are an important part of the formative years of preschool and prekindergarten. Students are given many opportunities to develop creativity, fine motor control, and spatial relations through various art materials. Music and movement are also incorporated into numerous activities throughout the day as a fun way to develop gross motor skills, and to stimulate learning and memory skills.

Specialist

(All Day Classes Only) Students will have the opportunity to participate in P.E., technology, music, and Spanish classes one-to-two days a week in addition to the other integrated educational experiences.

Elementary

Brooklake Christian School is an academically challenging environment that will inspire students to reach for their God-given potential. Maintaining high standards and providing students with the necessary tools and encouragement to meet learning goals will allow for maximum student growth.


BCS curriculum has been specifically designed to be a systematic progression from grade to grade. The purpose of this progression is to see that students are gaining all the skills and knowledge necessary to form a thorough understanding of each subject area. Cross-curricular instruction encourages students to form connections among subjects, building on past learning to help new learning be more meaningful and in turn retained longer term.


In addition to Bible and traditional core subjects, elementary students participate weekly in P.E., technology, music, and Spanish classes. Art is incorporated on a regular basis within the classroom and builds on specific learning content with students exercising and growing their God-given creativity.


Academic excellence is only part of the equation. Student discipleship is of upmost importance. Helping students transfer head knowledge about God and His Word, to heart transformation is our top priority.

Curriculum

It is important to recognize that curriculum is more than mere textbooks and workbooks. In order for learning to be meaningful, curriculum must draw from a variety of sources which provide effective differentiated instruction and authentic assessment opportunities for the learner. As a Christian school, the majority of educational resources are obtained from publishers with a biblical worldview. For example, curriculum is purchased from a variety of publishers including A Beka, Bob Jones, Association of Christian School International, and Concordia. Brooklake Christian School curriculum is reviewed annually to assure the highest opportunity for maximum student learning.

Assessment

Good assessment results from a broad spectrum of methods and the effective combination of formal and informal, formative and summative authentic assessments to monitor student learning. Assessments include the following levels of Bloom’s (revised) Taxonomy. “Remembering: Can the student recall or remember the information? Understanding: Can the student explain ideas or concepts? Applying: Can the student use the information in a new way? Analyzing: Can the student distinguish between different parts? Evaluating: Can the student justify a stand or decision? Creating: Can the student create new product or point of view?”

Since one size does not fit all, good assessment should give students the opportunity to express their learning in a variety of ways. Formative assessment (on-going) occurs daily in some form, not simply at the end of the chapter or unit test (summative assessment), as exercised traditionally in education. Checking for student understanding in the form of asking questions, having a class discussion, asking for examples, creating a mind map, etc., makes assessment authentic. This daily informal assessment allows the teacher to check for student understanding and monitor and adjust as needed. Formal, summative assessments are important but cannot be the only way teachers assess their students’ progress. These assessments should range from tests, essays, presentations, posters, role play, debate, etc. Formative assessment balanced with summative assessment, formal and informal, allows teachers to provide for maximum learning.

Technology

Integrating technology in meaningful ways is an important element of student learning in the 21st Century. Brooklake Christian School uses a variety of technology in the classroom for instruction including laptops, desktops, iPads, projectors and document cameras. Additionally, all day students have an iPad with a wireless keyboard in their hands each week as part of their technology specialist time.