Preschool Announcements

from NCS Lower School

Why Northlake?

Dear Northlake Parents:

I hope that you will find the information you need and can explore what makes this such a great school and commUNITY.

Our educational vision, mission, and philosophy are grounded on the fundamental foundation of developing a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ while pursuing personal growth and academic excellence at every grade level. We believe that by challenging and preparing young men and women to grow and develop as Christian leaders in the world around them, our immediate community as well as our society as a whole will benefit. Our teachers and coaches are committed to modeling and providing every student with the personal faith and character at this critical interval of their lives.

The lower school, grades K-4, offers consistent biblical integration within a rigorous and challenging curriculum throughout every subject discipline allowing students to see Jesus Christ in everything and everywhere. At Northlake Christian School, we feel that the development of the whole child is crucial. Therefore, in addition to our academic and spiritual focus within the education that we offer, several team sports are offered at the Lower School level to promote teamwork, discipline, and responsibility. There truly is something for everyone here. Students may choose to participate in our fine arts programs including visual art, music, theater, band, and vocal ensemble or they may elect to participate in some of our after school clubs such as cooking, gardening, graphic art design, and robotics.

Making the decision on "Why Northlake" will be as easy as ABC after reading the information below, which sets us apart from other schools in the St. Tammany area.

Excellence is part of the culture at Northlake Christian School. I invite you to take the next step and get to know the school in person by scheduling a personal tour. For now, I remain,

Ms. Arnold, M. Ed.

Lower School Principal

Small Group & Differentiated Instruction

We intentionally do not level our students within our Lower School because they learn so much from one another. With that decision, it is crucial that we strategically offer instruction and learning on an individualized level. To accomplish that, our teachers and students meet in leveled small groups in both reading and mathematics each day for 20-25 minutes in addition to whole-group sessions. This gives the teachers an individualized view of individual student mastery on specific concepts that are being taught prior to the end of the unit assessments.

Lesson plans include various strategies to reach every modality and type of learning style, auditory, visual, and kinesthetic, so that each child’s needs can be met through differentiated instruction.

Differentiation is a way of teaching; it’s not a program or package of worksheets. It asks teachers to know their students well so they can provide each one with experiences and tasks that will improve learning. Differentiating instruction means that you observe and understand the differences and similarities among students and use this information to plan instruction. Here is a list of some key principles that form the foundation of differentiating instruction.

  • Ongoing, formative assessment: Teachers continually assess to identify students’ strengths and areas of need so they can meet students where they are and help them move forward.
  • Recognition of diverse learners: The students we teach have diverse levels of expertise and experience with reading, writing, thinking, problem solving, and speaking. Ongoing assessments enable teachers to develop differentiated lessons that meet every students’ needs.
  • Group Work: Students collaborate in pairs and small groups whose membership changes as needed. Learning in groups enables students to engage in meaningful discussions and to observe and learn from one another.
  • Problem Solving: The focus in classrooms that differentiate instruction is on issues and concepts rather than “the book” or the chapter. This encourages all students to explore big ideas and expand their understanding of key concepts.
  • Choice: Teachers offer students choice in their reading and writing experiences and in the tasks and projects they complete. By negotiating with students, teachers can create motivating assignments that meet students’ diverse needs and varied interests.