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Lower School (K4-5th Grades)

JICS offers multiple options for parents of K4 aged students, including full day and part day attendance. The K4 program emphasizes preparation for learning in elementary school.  Multiple areas of emphasis include but are not limited to core reading and math skills, fine motor skills and social skills.  JICS currently provides many special areas for lower school students including art, physical education, Spanish, media and music.

Our K5 through 5th grade students are in intentionally multi-aged classroom settings. The JICS elementary program has an accentuation on reading, math, language arts, science as well as heritage and social studies. Lower school students are also taught Bible and handwriting within the core classroom. Weekly chapels and/or prayer circles and special events such as the Christmas program are also a part of the total elementary design. JICS currently provides many special areas for lower school students including art, physical education, Spanish, library and music.  Lower school students may also be involved in a variety of extra-curricular events such as spelling bees, literary meets, character parades, field trips and Junior Lion intramural sports. JICS maintains a classroom environment that helps provide a nurturing, loving atmosphere in the learning process.

Standardized tests in mental maturity and scholastic achievement are used in grades 4 and 5.

All students will be evaluated during the course of the school year to determine placement for the following year. Students will be promoted to the  next grade or team level at year's end if they maintain satisfactory achievement in the various subjects. Particular attention is given to progress being made in the core subjects of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies/History.  Students must successfully achieve pupil performance objectives for math, reading, and written composition as part of the competency based program.

 

Middle School (6th-8th Grades)

Students in 6th through 8th grade currently attend classes in Math, Science, English, History, Bible, Physical Education, and Art. JICS 8th grade students begin taking classes that count for High School credit such as Algebra I, Physical Science and P.E.  JICS also offers 8th grade students the ability to earn more High School Credits through approved providers of virtual online courses, such as Computer Tech and Keyboarding. Students change classes throughout the day, attend chapel and/or small group times and focus on becoming more independent learners.

Standardized tests in mental maturity and scholastic achievement are used in grades 6th - 8th.

All students will be evaluated during the course of the school year to determine placement for the following year. Students will be promoted to the  next grade level at year's end if they maintain satisfactory grade level achievement in the various subjects. Particular attention is given to progress being made in the core subjects of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies/History.  Students must successfully achieve pupil performance objectives for math, reading, and written composition as part of the competency based program.

Clubs, Interscholastic Events:
JICS middle school students may compete in math meets, spelling bees, literary meets and other various academic events during the school year.  JICS also earns many ribbons in local and state art competitions with its phenomenal art program.  Middle school students may earn the right to be selected to the JICS Ambassadors which serve the school body at large.

In keeping with its philosophy and objectives, James Island Christian School follows the basic school curriculum for all grades as outlined by the Minimum Standards for South Carolina Schools, prepared by the State of South Carolina, Department of Education.