School addresses are mailing addresses, not necessarily location addresses. School staff data includes only full and part-time faculty and administration. School enrollment data is as reported by the school for the 2015-2016 school year and includes only grade 5K-12 students.
AS — Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International
CS — Accredited by the North Carolina Christian School Association
IS — Accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools
MS — Accredited by the Middle States Commission of Elem/Secondary Schools
PS — Accredited thru the National Council for Private School Accreditation (Includes AMS; CSI; NIPSA; and SDA accredited schools)
SA — Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
SS — Special school (short-term student population)
Balanced Learning: Balanced Learning is research-informed and combines the best thinking of renowned early learning philosophers like Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky along with modern wisdom from the latest child development studies. Research shows that introducing a skill when a child is truly ready leads to mastery instead of frustration.
Then, building on that skill to learn the next one comes naturally. And learning becomes just, so much fun! Before you know it, you have a confident child who loves learning.
Blended learning: “Blended learning” is an education program (formal or informal) that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.
Christian: A prescribed course of educational studies that are centered around and based on beliefs of the Christian religion.
Classical Curriculum: The curriculum has an early focus on the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic and a special emphasis on Latin. Latin is the best way to gain an academic vocabulary, to learn the formal system of grammar, and is, along with math, the best early critical thinking skills training.
Common Core: A set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.
Core Knowledge Curriculum: Most curriculum standards provide general goals and objectives but offer teachers little guidance about the specific knowledge students should learn in each grade. In contrast, the Core Knowledge approach is to specify, in a clear grade-by-grade sequence, what students need to know.
Diocese of Raleigh: Refer to this document (pdf file)
Direct Instruction (DI): The goal of Direct Instruction is to accelerate learning by maximizing efficiency in the design and delivery of instruction.
The design of Direct Instruction eliminates the time-consuming lesson planning on the teacher’s part. Instead, it includes every piece that is necessary to make the lessons successful. Each Direct Instruction program is extensively revised based on specific student error data from field tests. Scripting the lessons allows sharing of these “polished stones” across teachers. It also reduces too much teacher-talk which at times can decrease pupil motivation, draw out the lesson unnecessarily, and often causes confusion by changing the focus of the tasks.
F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience): offers child-focused, teacher-led lessons that are tailored to the children’s interests. If a teacher is giving a lesson on the solar system but the children are captivated by the rain outside, the teacher may change the lesson to focus on the weather.
Fun While Learning: is based on widely accepted research that indicates that children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. Highly trained teachers foster the cognitive and social development of each child by lovingly guiding the class through play-based activities.
Global Education/Learning: According to David Selby and Graham Pike, international leaders in this approach, global education is based upon “the interconnectedness of communities, lands, and peoples, the interrelatedness of all social, cultural and natural phenomena, links between past, present, and future, and the complementary nature of the cognitive, affective, physical and spiritual dimensions of the human being. It addresses issues of development, equity, peace, social and environmental justice, and environmental sustainability. It encompasses the personal, the local, the national, and the planetary. Along with these principles, its approach to teaching and learning is experiential, interactive, children-centered, democratic, convivial, participatory, and change-oriented.”
Individualized: An Individualized approach is a course of study designed specifically for each individual student. In a typical large-class setting with 25-35 pupils, students are forced to work at the pace and intensity of the majority of the group. One student may find the class too slow and rather superficial, another might find the same course too rapid and struggle to master material not fully understood.
Inquiry-based: Starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios — rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. The process is often assisted by a facilitator.