HCS School Curriculum
Listed below is brief description of the curriculum we follow for each grade.
Students who turn 5 years old by September 15th are able to attend Kindergarten. New students will be accepted into Kindergarten after passing a two-part Kindergarten Readiness Test administered by the Kindergarten teacher. The tests will take place at the school at a convenient time for both teacher and student.
Test A assesses the following skills:
Sees likeness and differences in shapes, forms, and objects
Can reproduce forms in a direction from left to right
Can recognize basic colors
Can master puzzles and pegboards
Recognizes patterns of shapes
Can draw a straight line
Can hold a crayon or pencil correctly
Can control the speed of a scribble
Can connect a series of dots with a straight line
Can tie shoes, button buttons, zip a backpack closed, etc
Can repeat words of 3 and 4 syllables
Able to repeat five-word sentences
Can hear differences in words: come or came
Able to used complete sentences to express himself/herself
Can determine rhyming words: parrot, carrot, peacock
Attention span of 20 minutes
Responsible for personal items
Test B is administered in a student booklet where the child is read instructions by the teacher and uses a pencil to circle pictures for the answer. The following skills are assessed:
Able to count aloud to 12
Can draw a picture of himself/herself
Can tell the opposite (boy/girl, dog/cat)
Can determine which shape is different in a row of shapes
Can determine shapes that match in a row of shapes
Can look at a shape and draw a similar shape
Knows basic colors
Sings the ABC’s
Recognizes own name
Our Kindergarten class uses Purposeful Design Language Arts for phonics, reading, writing, and grammar. The students have a daily Bible class and learn numbers, penmanship, science and social studies with the A Beka Book curriculum. They have art, music, gym, and library classes.
Kindergarten students have a snack time and recess time each day.
Kindergarten is a 5 day a week, half day program starting at 7:50am and ending at 11:30am each day. Heritage provides transportation for Kindergarten students who live in the West Perry School district to and from school.
First and Second Grades:
Our first and second grade classes are combined with an average of 15 total students in the classroom.
Students receive separate grade-level instruction from their teacher in language arts, reading, and math. The first and second grade class is taught Bible, science, and history at the same time.
First and Second grade learns through the A Beka Book curriculum and Purposeful Design.
They also have music, art, gym, library class, and enhance their reading with Lexia Core 5 computer lessons!
Our first and second grade room is one of the most exciting and fun classes to be in!
Third and Fourth Grades:
Our third and fourth grade classes are combined with an average of 12-15 students in the classroom.
They learn through the A Beka Book Curriculum as well as the Bob Jones curriculum for reading. They also begin cursive writing in 3rd grade.
Students receive separate grade-level instruction from their teacher in language arts, reading, and math. They are instructed as one class in history, science, Bible, and health.
Third and Fourth grade has music, art, gym, and library classes. They complete enriching projects in the classroom and begin using technology to enhance their learning.
Fifth and Sixth Grades:
Our fifth and sixth grade classes are combined with an average of 8-10 students in the classroom.
This class uses the A Beka Book as well as the Bob Jones curriculums.
Students receive separate grade-level instruction from their teacher in language arts, reading, spelling, creative writing and math. They are instructed as one class in history, geography, science, and Bible.
Fifth and Sixth grade has music, art, gym, and library classes.
Fifth and Sixth graders have lunch clean up responsibilities and have access to laptop computers with their teacher’s assistance.
Junior High (7th and 8th grades)
Our 7th and 8th grade classes are combined with an average of 8-12 students in the classroom.
These grades use both A Beka Book and Bob Jones curriculums for their classes and have music, art, gym, and a keyboarding class.
Junior high math class includes 7th grade math, 8th grade Pre-Algebra, and an option to take an online Algebra class for those ready for more.
Junior High students use laptops for research and review games.
Junior High students help with lunch clean up duties as well as leadership opportunities over the whole HCS student body. We work diligently at preparing our 8th grade students to attend 9th grade at West Perry High School should they choose to attend there.