Abbey Preparatory Academy
Abbey Preparatory Academy uses the blend of two Christian based curriculums. For our early elementary students, grades K5 to 2nd grade, we use Abeka. And for our upper elementary, 3rd grade and beyond, we use Bob Jones.
Abeka’s philosophy doesn’t come from what sounds good or from what other people are doing right now. Instead, its teacher-led, character-building philosophy comes from a biblical foundation. There’s structure and organization because that helps students know what to expect and what’s expected of them. In history, you see God’s hand. In science, you see His design. In grammar, you see His order. Every subject is approached from a Christian perspective, and you’ll find Scripture and biblical principles used to emphasize or illustrate concepts. Most important to us is not just the academic aspect, but the biblical worldview and the biblical perspective. Our school really wants to maintain that; that distinctiveness even in the curriculum that we present to our students.
Abeka phonics is a step-by-step process. It allows the teacher to teach vowels and sounds, consonants, and blend them. And because it’s a step-by-step process, that is exactly how it is being presented in the classroom. It’s a journey that the teachers and students take together step by step. Abeka allows for kindergarten and first grade students to read at or above grade level at a very very high success rate. With Abeka’s strong emphasis on phonics and reading, this is why it is our chosen curriculum for lower elementary.
BJU Press shifts gears slightly. It focuses heavily on creative writing and critical thinking which is essential for our upper grade level students. BJU Press provides educational materials written from a biblical worldview that focus on academic rigor and encourage critical thinking; all supported by appropriate educational technology. Built from a foundation of diligent research, rigorous standards, and biblical worldview, the BJU textbooks provide our school with materials we can trust. BJU shapes each subject according to the lens of Scripture. Each discipline takes on new meaning when we apply the themes of Creation, Fall, and Redemption to our content areas.
The educational materials are not just biblically faithful; they are also academically sound. The BJU materials use hands-on-learning, creative problem solving, and other research-proven instructional strategies to motivate students to take an active role in learning and to master age-appropriate material. A complete education goes beyond facts and processes, so our BJU curriculum directs students to think for themselves. They are encouraged to use discernment and to consider their worldview in everyday situations. The textbooks help students to develop skills in critical thinking with inductive teaching, hands-on-learning, and probing questions. BJU also offers technology enhancements for our teachers and students to use daily in their classrooms and on the go.