Hampden Christian School

Why HCS?

Extraordinary results happen when you have teachers on the same team, together believing they can make a difference in the life of a child. 

What HCS Parents Are Saying

HCS Elementary

Small Class Sizes

Individual attention can only happen effectively when class sizes are small. Each multi-grade classroom at HCS is limited to 10 students.

Rich Curriculum

Our students enjoy a rich variety of real books, collaborative projects, rejuvenating recesses, science experiments, process art, music instruction, service projects, and field trips.

High Test Scores

We do a yearly set of standardized tests, and the results show our students performing very well.

Curricular Components

Bible

Our students learn to appreciate Bible stories and concepts.

how we teach it

stories and picture cards

History

Teachers tell stories and students form the beginnings of a framework for world history

how we teach it

living books, timeline, chants, history fair

Math

Our students firmly grasp Math fundamentals

how we teach it

models, songs, chants, inquiry, questions & answers

Recess

our students enjoy 3 recesses per day

how we teach it

organized games, track, and free play

Language Arts

Students learn to read and love reading

how we teach it

phonics, many experiences with books, retelling

Art

our students continue to use a wide variety materials to create original art

how we teach it

Ms. Rikiesha introduces students to a wide palette of art projects

Science

the natural world

how we teach it

living books, scientific method, experiments, science fair

Music

growing confident in one's own voice

how we teach it

we do a lot of singing. students at this age are learning the basics of theory

Our multi-grade elementary classrooms

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

An Interview with our K-2 Teacher

3rd - 5th Grade

Grades 3-5 Content Coming Soon

6th - 8th Grade

An interview with our 6th - 8th teacher

Ms. Liz, our 6th – 8th grade homeroom teacher, loves life and her students. She has often been compared to Anne of Green Gables. 

Grades 6th-8th is about rigorous academics and so much more.  Grades are important, but learning how to think and reason, form thoughts and ideas, and enjoy the process of gaining new knowledge is, in my opinion, what really matters. So, we take time to express various viewpoints in history class, we talk about theological questions during Bible class. I work with the students to help them express themselves better in writing, etc. School is also a place where students develop character traits that will help shape who they will become as an adult. Each day, we work on the how-to skills for things like respecting those in authority, following instructions, successfully dealing with conflicts, working hard, learning diligence and being responsible, and staying cheerful and positive.

I love this time of life, because the children are at an age where they are forming their own opinions and ideas. They have questions about life, about God, about friendships, and of course, about school work! Sometimes, they dream about their futures – what they will become, who they want to be. It is inspiring and exciting. When a problem arises, you can talk with them, point them to scripture, and help them to look down the road and see who they want to become in the long run. Often, they make mature decisions that help them to work through conflicts. 

I also love the off-the-wall comments the children make during lunch break. Some can be quite encouraging. Some are just plain funny. There is so much personality, intelligence, and sensitivity bundled into each one of my students. I love them! 

Each day is busy, and that’s nice. Who wouldn’t want his or her day filled with intriguing math problems, cool science experiments, fascinating stories from history, interesting discussions about readings from various literary works and the Bible? It’s a good balance of hard work and fun. 

Usually, our mornings are spent working on subjects like math or science, writing, history, Bible, etc. We have 20 minutes of recess mid-morning to get some fresh air and exercise. Then it is back to our books! 

Our afternoons have a lot of variety, which I love, and (I believe) the students love, too. Besides the typical subjects of literature, grammar, and either math or science, we have out-of-school instructors come in two days each week to teach art and music class. The students also get library time each week. On Mondays, the upper elementary school students participate in cleaning jobs – great for developing a good work ethic and learning teamwork! Each afternoon, we go outside for more fresh air and exercise, and we focus on a specific sport like soccer, track, ultimate frisbee, etc.

Daycare & Preschool

Nurturing Relationships

A strong attachment to a loving caregiver is the foundation for a child's development. We highly value individual relationship with each child.

Social-Emotional Development

Participation in group activities and dramatic play, with coaching from the teacher, helps develop social skills.

Play-Based Learning

Children discover and process their world through play, building the skills they'll need in the future.

Infants & Toddlers

Our infant and toddler program provides a warm, welcoming environment where babies can grow and develop. Nurturing caregivers are focused on creating experiences and opportunities that invite exploration and support the rapid and important development that is occurring in a child’s first years. 

Ages 2-4

Our preschool classrooms are inviting spaces where children are actively engaged in learning through play. We highly value play (including socio-dramatic play), the use of loose parts, and open-ended art experiences as integral to a preschooler’s development. 

We offer both full-day and half-day preschool options. 

 

Curriculum Components

Mixed-Age Interaction

Children of different ages have much to offer each other. Older students gain empathy and leadership skills. Younger students benefit from having older friends who can scaffold their learning to the next level. Each daycare classroom is paired with an elementary or pre-K classroom to participate in shared activities. We make a special effort to allow siblings to spend time together.

Service Learning

All students participate in service learning activities. These include cleaning up trash, planting flowers at the park, distributing neighborhood newsletters, packing Christmas gifts for children in need, and singing for the elderly. Service learning projects are an excellent way to help students contribute positively to their local and global community.

Socio-dramatic Play

Socio-dramatic play is the highest form of play and occurs when children engage with each other in pretend play, finding roles and solving conflicts mostly on their own. Since this type of play develops only with enough time, a block of at least 40 minutes of uninterrupted free play is scheduled most days. Socio-dramatic play develops skills such as self-control, empathy, and planning.

Process Art

Open-ended process art experiences are available for the children to participate in daily in the 3's and 4's classrooms. Process art focuses on the process of creating rather than a finished product. Children are encouraged to think creatively, express their emotions, work both independently and collaboratively, and develop fine motor skills.

Sensory Play

Our daycare teachers frequently provide engaging sensory play opportunities for the children. Input through the fingertips is linked to brain growth. Sensory play provides endless learning possibilities, such as concepts of volume and size, one-to-one correspondence, and fine-motor skill development. Another benefit of sensory play is its calming effect.

Language & Literacy

A collection of books exploring many subjects and representing diverse cultures and ethnicities is available in a cozy reading nook in each classroom. Children are given the opportunity to explore many writing tools. In our 3's and 4's classrooms, each child has a journal in which they can draw and dictate/begin to write stories.