NC has a very strong academic program with an emphasis on phonics in the lower grades. Math, Bible, reading, phonics, language arts, penmanship, science and social studies are taught daily in the classroom. P.E., vocal music, and art are taught throughout the week. 5th and 6th grade students also take band and computer classes. Students have scheduled library time each week. The librarian conducts several fun competitive reading contests throughout the year to motivate children to read. Elementary classrooms vary in size from 9 to 18 students. We combine grades Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd; 3rd and 4th; and 5th and 6th.
Standardized achievement tests are given to 3rd and 5th grade students in the spring. Our students consistently score above the national average.
Spelling Bee – In February, 5th and 6th grade students compete in the Merrick County Spelling Bee. Our students consistently qualify for the final oral rounds, and we have had several students who have placed 1st or 2nd in recent competitions.
Music – The music program has always been very important at NC. Elementary students present a musical drama in the spring and also take part in Nebraska Christian’s Festival of Lessons and Carols. Traditionally students go Christmas caroling at local nursing homes in December.
Field trips – Elementary students take a minimum of two educational field trips throughout the year. All grade levels participate in the Stuhr Museum H.A.T.S. (heritage activities for today’s students) program in Grand Island.
Chapel – Weekly chapel sessions geared specially for elementary students are held with a variety of guest speakers.
Family Carnival Night – Each year, Nebraska Christian holds a kick-off to the school year Carnival Night with elementary families and a fall Grandparents’ Day where the students honor their grandparents. NC Elementary students participate each year in Community Service and Mission Projects.