Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) defines curriculum as “the planned instructional program to be delivered to the students.” It is not defined as the textbooks or other resource materials used, though textbooks are one of many tools used by NTA to deliver the planned instructional program. Nor is it simply defined as the box curriculum set that can be purchased for the early education level. Key to understanding curriculum is the “planned” element. NTA has identified its intentional instructional model to follow, content to be utilized, and student/child outcomes to be realized, all resulting in the planned instructional program that is implemented on a daily basis. Our instructional program is well documented, teacher friendly, and goals driven, and it is easily revisable as needed.
NTA’s curriculum plan not only contains academic goals but addresses spiritual formation goals and integration of God’s Word as well. Through the instructional program and the Christian faculty that deliver it, the students develop a Christian view of God, humanity, and the world. This view should become the foundation for students’ own values, goals, and lifestyle.
As we strive to attain our mission and vision, we believe it is important to develop programs, strategies, and methodologies within the context of biblical principles, producing graduates with a Biblical worldview.
Expected Student Outcomes:
ACADEMIC THINKING (AT):
1. are well prepared in all academic disciplines, and are skilled in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.
2. are proficient in mathematics and science.
3. have a knowledge and understanding of people, events, and movements in history (including church history) and the cultures of other peoples and places.
4. appreciate literature and the arts and understand how they express and shape their beliefs and values.
5. value intellectual inquiry and are engaged in the marketplace of ideas (open honest exchange of ideas).
6. have an appreciation for the natural environment and practice responsible stewardship of God’s creation.
WORLDVIEW ORIENTATION (WO):
7. have a critical appreciation of languages and cultures of other peoples, dispelling prejudice, promoting interethnic harmony, and encouraging biblical hospitality for the “alien” or “stranger.”
8. are committed to lifelong learning.
9. understand the worth of every human being as created in the image of God.
10. can articulate and defend their Christian worldview while having a basic understanding of opposing worldviews.
11. possess apologetic skills to defend their faith.
12. embrace and practice justice, mercy, and peacemaking in family and society.
13. understand that work has dignity as an expression of the nature of God.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION (SF):
14. personally respond to carrying out the Great Commission locally and around the world in a culturally sensitive manner.
15. understand and commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
16. know, understand, and apply God’s Word in daily life.
17. are empowered by the Holy Spirit and pursue a life of faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
18. treat their bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
19. are actively involved in a church community, serving God and others.
20. respect and relate appropriately with integrity the people they work, play, and live with.
SKILL DEVELOPMENT (SD):
21. know how to utilize resources including technology to find, analyze, and evaluate information.
22. have the skills to question, solve problems, and make wise decisions.
23. understand, value, and engage in appropriate social (community) and civic (political) activities.
24. are prepared to practice the principles of healthy, moral family living.
25. are good stewards of their finances, time (including discretionary time) and all other resources.