South Bay Christian School offers a full and wide range of learning opportunities for students.. The curriculum in the elementary grades K-5 and middle school grades 6 through 8 are accredited by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Standardized test scores reveal that South Bay Christian School students, as part of the education system of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, score above average in every area.
Students enjoy a developmentally appropriate learning environment where everyone can learn and succeed. Math is taught at the same time for all grades so students can go up a grade level or down a grade level depending on the needs of the student. The reading program used is Accelerated Reader, a self-paced reading system where students gain confidence in their reading abilities as they complete comprehension tests online, they move from one level to the next.
Standardized Tests Administered
Students Kindergarten through Grade 8 take the MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress test. This computerized adaptive test helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth. This test is administerd two times per year, once in the fall and in the spring.
STEAM Education at South Bay Christian School – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math
Students participate in science learning throughout the week. Every other year we host a science fair featuring the student’s science projects. In addition, the middle school grades each have a specific science camp they attend.
South Bay Christian School is dedicated and committed to teaching students to live for today without borrowing from tomorrow. As a result we have produced the nations first sustainable school garden that uses multiple sources of irrigation systems to teach water conservation, grow our own vegetables used for the healthy hot lunch program and teach science in a our food laboratory on campus.
Our garden uses vertical tower gardens, wicking beds and drip irrigation to grow fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and more. In addition, we have a dedicated “butterfly” garden and a chicken coop with 6 chickens. The children love the life science learning that comes from an on-campus garden.
South Bay Christian School uses Chromebooks for each student.
Students in Grades Four through Eight work with computers for robotics, to create multi-media presentations, including video, audio-visuals, spreadsheets and documents to do research and complete assignments.
Art, Music and Band
Trained parent docents teach 5 art lessons per year throught the Torrance “Adventures in Art” program. Lessons have specific themes and are devoted to the use of a wide variety of art materials and creative projects. Each year the students work is showcased along the walls of the gym during the spring musical.
Additional art projects are conducted in class per grade.
Students are exposed to a full program of music/drama through song, skits, talent show, 2 musical productions, one at Christmas time and one in the spring, along with learning to play musical instruments. Fourth graders learn the recorder and can go on to master a musical instrument in our SoundWaves program in the upper grades.
Students enjoy P.E. four days a week as part of our standard curriculum. In addition, we offer after-school intramural sports for Grades 6, 7 and 8 in volleyball and basketball for both girls and boys.