PAXINOS — Since 1973, Meadowview Christian Academy has been providing a Bible-based education to young students and will continue expanding next school year with the addition of grade six.

The school began enrolling 2- and 3-year olds last school year and added the fifth grade, with curriculum chosen specifically for each age and grade. With 65 students, the school still has room to grow in almost every class.

Administrator Crystal Hoover said the youngest kids learn letters and colors and a phonics program is introduced in K-4, preparing the students for a move to kindergarten.

There are eight teachers, a mixture of full and part-timers that include one teacher for each grade. The fourth- and fifth-graders experience class rotations where different teachers provide education pertaining to certain subjects.

Smaller class sizes provide students with more focus and one-on-one attention and allows teachers to know the learning level of each student. It guarantees no student will get lost within the system because teachers are able to provide focused attention.

School days begin at 8:30 a.m. with pledges and prayers, then moving onto learning about the Bible. Hoover said students learn Bible stories, character traits and memorize Bible verse through a guided Bible curriculum that puts things on a kid’s level so they understand the lessons.

Core classes like math, English, science and history are taught with a biblical view, she said, and a 20-minute block is reserved in the afternoon for social emotional learning. Students are introduced to social and emotional skills like communicating, cooperating and learning compromise within a group. Hoover said it provides kids with skills they’ll one day take into a work environment and it helps them refocus and get back into the swing of things following recess.

The students all become friends in the small environment and become a supportive family because Meadowview promotes everyone getting along, said Hoover.

Meadowview wants kids to get excited about learning, so programs are incorporated into the curriculum throughout the year. One such program is International Week, where each class develops a presentation about a different country and throughout the week, visit other classrooms to learn from the students about the world.

Fourth- and fifth-graders can participate in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program through the CSIU, which benefits kids who like to learn through the process of doing things Hoover said.

Hoover said they would love to have more businesses join Meadowview in its mission to help with tuition assistance. The school currently offers assistance to students in need, but the involvement of business would allow them to receive more to be able to get exactly what they need.

Pre-K and kindergarten registration is underway. To schedule a tour of the school, call 570-644-1573. Testing begins at the end of April.

For more information on the school, including tuition prices, visit www.meadowviewchristian.org.

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