To achieve our mission the school is developing a unique curriculum. The curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the Special Character of the school and the New Zealand Curriculum. A major tool of the Lake Taupo Christian School curriculum is its use of the resources provided by Accelerated Christian Education.
The Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) curriculum has had over twenty years of development and has been tried and proven in many countries including NZ. Currently there are over 5000 schools in over 100 countries using the A.C.E. curriculum. Over one million students are using this curriculum at this time.
The educational philosophy of A.C.E. centres on the student and learning rather than on the teacher and teaching. Each core subject is presented by means of a series of self-Instructional work books (called PACEs) that progressively build on each other.This means individualised learning for each student who can be working on their own level of achievement. Christian truths and principles are integrated throughout all subjects. The whole curriculum is based upon Christian presuppositions and reflects a biblical world view.
A.C.E. stresses the importance of basic communication skills such as grammar and students' ability to calculate proficiently without the aid of calculators. Because the curriculum is self-instructional and reading based, considerable emphasis is placed upon the student learning to read.
In the new entrant programme, the ABC's of A.C.E. (A.C.E. learning-to-read programme),the first year students are taught the phonic sounds for each letter of the alphabet.The reinforcement of phonic sounds gives children the word attack skills that enable a high percentage of them to be reading within the first year of school.This programme has also proved very helpful for those students with learning difficulties.
Once students have completed and passed the ABC's programme they embark upon an individualised programme using PACEs. Generally students work on five core curriculum subjects. Math,English,Social Studies,Science and Word Building. After the completion of each PACE students must pass a test on that PACE before they can proceed to the next one. Each student is therefore continually assessed in all five subjects and students, parents and staff can know how they are progressing.
Students are required to set goals and because the completion of goals and work completed is rewarded,students are motivated to work This helps establish good work habits. The A.C.E. individualised system,where the pupil can progress at their own speed, also encourages students to proceed with their work. The motivation to work is inherent in the A.C.E. system.
Because the A.C.E.curriculum is self-instructional providing individualised learning, students who may be absent from school for a period of time are not disadvantaged with learning gaps. When they return to school they merely pick up where they left off. Students can easily move from one A.C.E. school to another or use the curriculum at home without disruption to their education.
As well as the five core curriculum subjects there is a range of elective subjects such art Music,Literature,Computer Studies,Accounting and Languages. In addition to working on PACEs, students will also be involved in the Arts, Physical Education, Maori Studies,Technology, Math and Integrated Studies during afternoon classes. These classes are teacher directed and provide a good balance to the individualised programme of the morning sessions.
At Lake Taupo Christian School new entrants to year 13 may be accepted and catered for. At secondary level students work towards achieving New Zealand A.C.E. Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Academic Achievement, which may incorporate some NCEA courses.