It is the mission of Norfolk Christian Schools to equip students spiritually, intellectually, and physically to love God and to serve Him as Christ’s ambassadors in the world.

Mission Statement

The Lower Schools curriculum emphasizes the development of the whole child, to lay a solid foundation for lifetime learning. This developmental approach recognizes that children are unique in their personal and academic development and learning styles. A variety of hands-on activities help facilitate mastery in computation, reading and writing. The curriculum also employs multi-sensory teaching techniques to further ensure successful learning. A Resource teacher is available for children who may be struggling in academics, and the Gifted Program challenges the gifted learner.

Curriculum Developmental Approach

The educational philosophy of Norfolk Christian Lower School is developmental in its approach to teaching and learning. Children pass through specific stages of development but not necessarily at the same time or with the same outcomes. Therefore, children must be considered within a number of contexts for successful education to occur. Educators consider the child’s chronological age, family background, culture and community, past history and present circumstances when determining the most appropriate educational techniques and programs to use at any particular age. Developmental education approaches children as unique individuals with unique gifts, talents, and abilities academically, socially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Some of the major principles of developmental education include:

  • Development occurs in an orderly and predictable sequence with ability growing upon ability.
  • Each child has a unique pattern and pace of development.
  • Early experiences affect future development in all areas – spiritual, academic, social, physical, and emotional.
  • There are optimal times of learning in certain areas. For example, the early years of a child’s development provide times of readiness that should be taken advantage of when planning curriculum.
  • Play, exploration, and research activities are crucial for learning to take place in the early stages of development.
  • Children learn best in an atmosphere of safety and love.

Academic subjects are taught from a distinctively developmental philosophy.

Reading is an integral part of the curriculum because it lays the foundation for all other future learning experiences. Children are first introduced to sounds and their relationship to language. As the children move into higher level critical thinking and reasoning skills, they are challenged to use previous knowledge to expand into an understanding of new and more complex academics. Because children learn best from hands-on experiences, math is introduced using manipulatives so children can experience math concepts and thinking – not merely memorize math facts – before moving to the symbolism of math.

Children also develop spiritually. Therefore, children are exposed to godly principles through experience and example. Memorizing God’s Word daily gives to our students a foundation rich in scripture that can be used as the child matures and he/she is called upon to defend his/her faith and meet the demands of daily challenges. Bible stories are taught and reviewed often in order to solidify godly principles and build character.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. ( Luke 2:52) Not only did Jesus develop” academically, physically and spiritually, but He was the Master Teacher who is training the faculty of NCLS to educated His children so they can be godly leaders in His world.

Extra-Curricular

Norfolk Campus

Christian Sports Club

Offered 2 or 3 days per week (depending on registration) for grades 3-5. The club provides opportunity for skill development and sports knowledge in a Christian atmosphere offering the biblical perspective for all aspects of the athletic environment. Our desire is to see skill and technique development for lower school athletes so future upper school athletic teams will be strong for the glory of God. (Col. 3:23)  There is an additional fee charged per student per quarter for Christian Sports Club.

Art Club

Offered on Monday afternoons from 3:15 – 4:45 for grades 2-5.  All supplies are provided.  There is a nominal fee charged per student per quarter.

Children’s Chorus

Students meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mad Science Club

Mad Science is an After-School Club that engages young minds with exciting hands-on activities, spectacular demonstrations, and inquiry-based discussion.  Children build a fun and educational take-home project at every session.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with healthy living education for girls. GotR uses exercise, positive reinforcement, devotionals and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need as they move through the pre-teen years.

Virginia Beach Campus

Rock Star Club

Through involvement with the Rock Star Club, students join the Tidewater Gym and Mineral Society. Field trips to explore gems and minerals will be part of this club for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month and occasionally features guest speakers.

Stamp Club

This club for third, fourth, and fifth graders meets the second Thursday of every month. They are introduced to the hobby of stamp collecting and the history of stamps.

Children’s Chorus

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students meet after school on Mondays from 3:00—4:00 PM. Members of this choir is selected by audition.

Lower School Faculty & Staff

Norfolk Campus

Administrative Assistant:

Tara Jackson

Administrative Assistant:

Ann Fuller

 

Pre-K 3:

Judy Bassette

Aide: Carol Shearon

Pre-K 4:

Danielle Wintermute

Victoria Putman

Aides: Charlotte Dublin & Michelle O’Dell

Kindergarten:

Denise Daffron

Kelly Risk

Aides: Hollie Huffman & Katie Brady

1st Grade:

Candice Gordon

Sara Hanna

Aide: Shelley Morrison

2nd Grade:

Michelle Martin

Julie Haynes

3rd Grade:

Sandra Masterman

Jessica Wynne

Aide: Tammie Maniscalco

4th Grade:

Jennifer Cockrell

Aide: Catelyn Dean

5th Grade:

Katie Boyd

Laura Beth Lamb

Aide: Tammie Maniscalco

 

Advanced Academics:

Laura Edwards

Music:

Claudia Nachtigal

Art:

Peggy Barclay

Spanish:

Susan Prince

Computers:

Allison Long

Aide: Megan Hughes

PE:

Rich Rose

Aide: Andrew Pailen

Library:

Jane Gwynn

 

Extended Care Leader :

Christien Hadley

 

Virginia Beach Campus

Administrative Assistant:

Sandy Fregin

 

Pre-K 3:

Lisa Ingram

Aide: Maricel Scott

Pre-K 4:

Nancy McNiff

Aide: Tricia Farsi

Kindergarten:

Cindy Rhine

Aide: Christina Messer

1st Grade:

Jenna Porter

2nd Grade:

Christy McCallum

3rd Grade:

Caitlin Allen

4th Grade:

Christy MacTavish

5th Grade:

Somer Wool

 

Advanced Academics:

Gay Lynn Rountree

Resource Teacher:

Music:

Alyson Reed

Art:

Peggy Barclay

Spanish:

Mercedes Pham

Computers:

Maricel Scott

PE:

Rich Rose

Aide: Andrew Pailen

Library:

Jane Gwynn

 

Katie Boyd
Norfolk Campus

Wanda King
Virginia Beach Campus