Bible / Chapel
Students begin the school day with either a Bible class or corporate Chapel time. This year our entire school will act as Bible Investigators studying the books of Judges through Malachi . Elementary Chapel is held on Wednesday mornings from 8:00am – 8:30am. Parents are always welcome to attend. On Fridays, 4th and 5th graders split into boys’ and girls’ chapels and discuss issues such as relationships with parents, friends, temptations, and other topics relevant to their preparation for middle school and beyond. Students also attend a weekly leadership class to promote character education with Biblical principles. Four times a year, students provide a devotional for residents of local nursing homes.
Reading / Language Arts
Our teachers implement reading instruction that embraces both phonics and whole language techniques. They use many resources such as the Houghton Mifflin Journeys curriculum, Daily 5 and CAFÉ methods, and Readers’ and Writer’s Workshop Models including literature circles and author studies. To prepare our students for success in high school and college, our teachers are aligning to State and National Common Core Standards emphasizing both critical thinking and academic rigor. Most reading instruction is done in small groups. Accelerated Reader is also used to promote recreational reading. Once a semester, K - 1st graders take part in Book Buddies where they are matched with a 4th - 12th grade student or an adult volunteer to work on reading skills.
Our teachers use the Math in Focus Program which emphasizes hands-on activities and critical thinking skills. It is based on the Singapore concept of math instruction utilizing mental math practice, problem-solving activities, and reading for comprehension.
Science / Social Studies
Teachers use hands-on, interactive activities and cooperative projects to teach science and social studies.
Students attend specials classes every day ---P.E. three times a week, music and Spanish twice a week, library, art, and leadership once a week. Recess is offered daily at the teacher's discretion.
Mrs. Kathy Gupton provides one-on-one counseling and group instruction to students on a regular basis. Once a month, she plans activities focused on particular areas of need for students. Areas of focus include anger management, grief, friendship, personal safety and assertiveness.
Teachers regularly integrate technology in learning through the use of Promethean boards, the computer lab containing Mac Minis, and iPads. Each classroom is equipped with a Promethean board and a set of student iPads. Teachers also have access to an iPad cart.
NCS incorporates the following assessment tools to track student progress: Stanford Achievement Test (once per year in K - 2nd grade), TCAP testing (in April for 3rd - 5th grades), STAR Reading and Math Assessment (3 times per year).
NCS elementary students have opportunities to be involved in a full dramatic production. Additionally, music lessons are available for students after school.
NCS is blessed to have an active Girl Scout troop meeting on campus.
2nd - 5th grade students identified as intellectually gifted, or who have advanced scores on standardized testing, will be invited to join our Flight Club. Once a week, these students will meet after school to participate in fun, interactive, challenging educational activities tailored to their learning preferences and abilities.
Elementary students participate in at least one field trip per semester. Past field trips have included the Nashville Zoo, dramatic performances at TPAC, the Frist, and Honeysuckle Hill Farm. In the Fall, the 4th-5th grade classes will take a trip to Memphis to visit Graceland and the Civil Rights Museum. In the Spring, the 4th and 5th graders will attend “School in the Wild” at 4H camp. “School in the Wild” is a two night camping experience where students are able to experience interactive, hands-on learning, in an outdoor classroom setting.
In the summer, NCS students can attend athletic camps for football, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, and track and field. During the school year, young ladies are invited to be Junior Cheerleaders. Running Club gives students the opportunity to train and participate in the Nashville Kids’ Marathon. Parents of NCS students also regularly form teams to play in the West Nashville Sports League.