All students in Grades K-8 participate in physical education classes. Grades K-4 place special emphasis on muscular development and movement. Grades 5-8 begin to develop the skills necessary for various organized sports. Students in K-8 will participate in P.E. in their normal school attire. Students in all grades must wear tennis shoes or soft-soled shoes during P.E.
All students in grades K-5th visit the library to check out books each week. Students in grades 6th-8th can check out books during their free time. The library is available for research to all students in grades K-8th.
Art is taught to all students in Grades K-5th within the classroom. Activities vary among classes.
Grace Christian Academy offers significant, valuable, and diverse educational resources for our students. We seek to better prepare them for the increasingly complex technology-based world in which we live. GCA provides specific, AZ state standards-based computer instruction and Internet access for educational purposes. We are blessed to have a computer lab with 30 PCs, in a setting which allows for both group instruction and individualized assistance. In grades K-8, appropriate to the students’ grade level, we provide instruction in computer basics, the practical uses of word processing, spreadsheet software, desktop publishing, Power Point presentations, graphic design and editing, and effective use of online resources. Students in grades 3-8 also participate in training and practice in touch-typing. Many of the computer assignments are integrated with, and enhance the units of study in the students’ regular classes. As appropriate, students are also instructed in the importance of discernment and integrity in regards to using the school computer network and online resources.
The purpose of the Educational Enhancement (EE) Program at Grace Christian Academy is to provide Christ-centered academic support for students who have shown signs of learning difficulties. The program also provides special enrichment for students identified as being academically gifted. The EE services are offered to students through a variety of programs, traditional resource, and classroom support. EE services focus on helping students reach their academic potential in a regular educational setting. Services are designed for students with mild academic difficulties. The program is not intended to replace specialized assistance for students with more severe learning problems or other types of disabilities.
Lunches are available for purchase during the week for $4 per lunch. Typically, local food chains deliver packaged meals Monday – Friday. Students not purchasing a school lunch bring their own lunches. Students leaving campus with an adult for lunch must return in time to resume classes, and must be checked out and checked in at the office by that adult. Ordering Lunches Parents order lunches online on RenWeb and are billed monthly for their student’s lunches. All orders for a school week must be entered online by 8:45 Monday morning (or the first school day of the week).