Victory World Christian School’s outstanding academic performance directly results from a number of development initiatives we’ve embarked upon. For instance, adding a foreign language requirement has not only widened students’ appreciation of cultural diversity among their peers, but also strengthened students’ creative-thinking and mathematical skills.
Data analysis “indicates that there was indeed a positive impact attributable to Foreign Language in Elementary School instruction on a student’s perception of speakers of languages other than English, foreign cultures, and how foreign language study impacts their education.” (A ten-year chronicle of student attitudes toward foreign language in elementary school. The Modern Language Journal. Heining-Boynton, A. & Haitema, T. 2007) To compete in an increasingly diverse environment, evidence strongly suggests elementary age students engage in ongoing and in-depth exposure to foreign language study. Bilingualism shows evidence of enhanced problem-solving skills, particularly on tasks requiring executive control, and is positively associated with a range of cognitive benefits. (A systematic review and meta-analysis of the cognitive correlates of bilingualism. Review of Educational Research. Adesope, O., Lavin, T.,Thompson, T., & Ungerleider, C. 2010)
In light of our school’s academic achievements, we have been professionally recognized and trusted as a world class Christian school in Georgia. Becoming an authorized International Baccalaureate World School and attaining the AdvancED STEM certification showcases VWCS’ track record of academic excellence.
For the first quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year, 62% of our students earned recognition on our All A or All A/B Honor Roll. While grades are the evidence of their academic effort in the classrooms, our standardized test scores certainly confirm our students’ academic excellence. The results of our nationally normed standardized test scores for the 2016-2017 academic year showed that the average grade-level cumulative score was in the 80th-95th percentile at VWCS.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program has a specially designed academic honors program known as Talent Search for 4th – 6th grade students. The Duke TIP program web site described the program’s purpose as a way to:
- – Motivate students to focus on and take pride in their academic achievements.
- – Reward positive academic performance through special recognition.
- – Provide educational enrichment opportunities to students and their families.
- – Provide an above-level testing experience to better assess student abilities.
- – Offer independent learning materials for students and teachers seeking to augment classroom instruction with advanced courses developed by gifted education experts.
In order to qualify for the program, students in the 4th – 6th grade must score at or above the 95th percentile on at least one accepted grade-level standardized sub-test or total test battery. At VWCS, our students take the Terra Nova exam as our nationally normed standardized test. For the 2016-2017 academic year, 67% of our 4th and 5th grade students earned a test score at or above the 95th percentile in at least one, or more, grade-level standardized sub-test score.
President’s Education Awards Program
One additional indicator of our student’s academic excellence is the President’s Education Awards Program. The President’s Education Awards Program “honors graduating elementary, middle school, and high school students for their achievement and hard work.” To be eligible for this program, graduating 5th graders must earn a grade point average of at least 90 on a 100 point scale over the course of their K4-5th grade education journey. In addition, there are school standards that students must meet to be eligible for this prestigious award, including participating in school sponsored service projects and acceptable standardized test score results. As of the end of the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year, 50% of VWCS graduating 5th graders are eligible for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence.
VWCS has excellent teachers who are continually inspired and motivated by their students’ hunger for learning. Many hold advanced degrees and all are certified either by the State of Georgia or the Association of Christian Schools International. We offer small class sizes for our students where they utilize some of the most current technology devices and software designed for education. Our 1:1 iPad program begins with K4 students, as does our daily foreign language class (Spanish). Our Robotics, Computer, Music, Drama, and Art classes each play an important role in our students’ education life. However, the key factor of our academic program’s success is the fruitful partnership between our school and our parents. Excellent two-way communication, a highly effective cloud based student support system, and a rigorous curriculum all play important roles in our winning student/parent/teacher team.
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