For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world,
and lose himself, or be cast away?
At Petra, it is our fervent desire that our students become immersed in the Scriptures and, in doing so,
develop a personal relationship with Jesus. We maintain that the finest education – minus the study of
God as the source of knowledge – delivers a shallow perspective.
A few examples of the manner in which our students learn to walk with Christ involve:
- Daily Bible study and Scripture memorization
- Class discussions pertaining to faith and world views
- Ministering to the elderly
- Ministering to disadvantaged children
With that in mind, our students undergo a rigorous study of the Scriptures based on Summit Ministries
Bible Curriculum. It is our hope to prepare Petra Christian Academy graduates to serve as ambassadors
of Christ in a variety of leadership positions around the world.
Math is one of the critical disciplines a student must master. With ever advancing technology, students are facing a rapidly changing environment. Math will play a crucial role in their future success. The traditional methods of teaching math that relied primarily on memorization and abstract thinking have not worked as indicated by large numbers of US students falling behind international standard.
Singapore Math Difference
Petra Christian Academy uses the Singapore Math curriculum. This method of learning helps students achieve incredible results as evidenced by Singapore’s consistent top ranking on an international assessment of student math achievement called the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Singapore students ranked at the top for math scores, while the United States ranked eleventh.
While math teachers in public schools mostly relied on drilling and memorization of many concepts each year, Singapore math help students to truly master concepts. This method helps students to perform better because they understand the material on a deeper level; they are not just memorizing concepts for the test.
Singapore math relies heavily on visualization. While traditional American classrooms use a concrete- abstract approach forcing students to try and picture the problem in their head, Singapore math uses a pictorial approach, using model drawing to solve word problems by diagramming the elements of the word problem.
An Integral Part of the Classical education approach is equipping students with the ability to communicate clearly in both spoken and written formats. Shurley English is a curriculum that implements a direct instruction model that allows students to attain confidence in their knowledge of grammar as well as their ability to communicate clearly. This approach recognizes the vast differences in the way students learn and addresses all types of learners with the intent of reaching every student in the journey to discovering their full potential. This curriculum consists of a powerful combination of teaching models and research- proven teaching methods which allow for flexibility. Shurley’s step-by- step process moves from simple concepts to progressively complex skills, allowing each student not only to learn but retain even the most challenging language arts skills.
English is a hybrid language. It is a marriage between English and Latin. Typically, students in America will begin their study of English with phonics. Phonics is effective until 3 rd grade when students start to encounter the Latin root words in the English language. English words with Latin roots are typically longer, harder, have more syllables, more abstract meanings, and different pronunciation and spelling patterns. When students are taught Latin, they grow to understand the meaning of words on a deeper level. They can manipulate words to become effective communicators, and they grow to understand the roots of the English language. Studies have shown that students who know Latin, are better English speakers and communicators. Latin provides the root words for all the modern sciences and serves as the language of the law, government, logic, and theology. Giving students the opportunity to study Latin in school ensures they have a head start in understanding a language that would be used for potential, future careers.
Being the 8th most spoken Language in the world and the 2 nd most widespread language on the internet, Russian is a required course for grades K-10. Being the language of writers such as Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Goyal, Tolstoy, and Pushkin, students will learn to read these classics in their native language. The Russian language also prepares students for a variety of future jobs in international business, politics, and ministry that might demand a thorough knowledge of the Russian language.
Greek is an essential addition to a well-rounded curriculum. It is entwined with Russian and provides a more comprehensive understanding of many European languages. The original translation of scripture is in Greek which is why this language is a vital tool for all students who are involved in theological studies. Not only will students be able to read the New Testament in Greek, but they can also read the earliest Christian authors after the period in which the New Testament was written (e.g., Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, and Justin Martyr). Like Latin, Greek is structured with varying, gender-identifying endings as well as root words that translate not only into many European languages but English as well.
In our pursuit of a well-rounded education for students at Petra Christian Academy, we firmly believe that learning does not stop with textbooks. Our goal is for all Petra students to be not only academically prepared upon the completion of their educational journey but to present themselves with excellent social skills and to possess manners that reflect their Christian, Christ-centered upbringing. Through our etiquette curriculum, we ensure that students know how to behave in various social situations. Students are taught the importance of greeting others respectfully as well as giving up a seat for an elder and many more acts of chivalry that have long since been forgotten in modern society. These timeless skills will allow our students to stand out and always present themselves with poise and decorum. As the students grow, so do the lessons of etiquette. Students go on to learn proper etiquette on social media, interviews, and the business world. Our goal is to provide students with a strong academic and spiritual foundation and to empower them to become useful and conscientious citizens.
The daily reading program at Petra Christian Academy is designed to instill a passion for reading in all students. The Petra reading list is meant to introduce students to great books that will make a positive impact in their lives. From great classics to poetry and biographies about Christian missionaries, the daily reading program ensures that all students become exposed to many different genres. Students have a variety of books to choose from and are encouraged to read as often as they can. Reading promotes literacy and aids in all other subjects in the classroom. A student who has excellent comprehension skills will not struggle with math word problems or understand a history book. Reading also promotes creativity and fosters a young child’s imagination. A student who grows to love reading becomes limitless in the pursuit of knowledge.
“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations-something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.”-Katherine Patterson