At San Gabriel Christian School we focus on developing the whole child by offering specialized instruction in art, digital art, physical education, library, foreign language, choir and orchestra. Our specialized instruction develops the individual gifts of our students and inspires our students to excel inside and outside of the classroom.
TK & Kindergarten complete art projects in their classroom, 1st-5th grade have a weekly art class and our 6th-8th graders have optional enrichment classes. Our students learn how to draw and paint, but also learn about wire art, collage, pastel, watercolors ceramics (we even have our own kiln!) and more! Our art teacher integrates his lessons with grade level curriculum.
We hold weekly music class for Kindergarten – 5th grade. The classes teach music fundamentals, praise and worship using the Kodaly Method for Teaching Young Students. Our music program is based on a Biblical worldview that teaches students the foundations of God’s gift of music as a form of praise and worship. Our school has also had a long history and tradition of an impressive instrumental program that includes string ensemble and orchestra. Private lessons are also available to those interested.
Our library has over 19,000 titles in its collection including fiction, non-fiction, reference, periodicals, online eBooks, parenting books and DVDs. The library also has the Accelerated Reader Program where students are assessed at the beginning of the year to determine their reading level and books in that reading level are recommended. Our librarian teaches every grade level with grade level specific lessons from how to find a book in the library, to how to write a bibliography.
All students have weekly grade level classes that either meet in our Gymnasium or on our field. We use the Sparks Curriculum that focuses on building skills and keeping students moving.
Our drama students learn the fundamentals of theater through participation in our yearly, all school Spring Concert production. This drama team is chosen through a two-part audition process and taught the basics of stage performance. Emphasis is placed on encouraging students to perform and develop their skills to the highest level in order to bring glory to the Giver of those gifts.
If stage performance isn’t of interest, we also offer stagehand and tech team opportunities! Students who show a particular proficiency for the behind-the-scenes skills are handpicked and given opportunity to develop and fine-tune these gifts. These students participate with lighting design, stage dressing, hair and make-up, and set and costume design. Each year one of these students is encouraged to participate as Student Production Assistant. Tasks include running lines with students, assisting with stage blocking, and participating in the overall coordination of the Spring Concert production.