What & How We Teach

 

The faculty of Baton Rouge Lutheran School has written student outcomes that meet, and often exceed, state standards for all grade levels.  These curriculum guides are reviewed annually and revised, as needed, to detail what is actually taught at each grade level.  Each guide is designed to reflect the educational and spiritual philosophy of our school.  All learning activities revolve around age-appropriate instruction.  

Although we continue to research and observe the Common Core standards, we have chosen not to adopt them.  We believe that our current curriculum allows the flexibility necessary for teachers to meet the needs of the students in their classrooms.  It fosters creativity that allows our teachers to create effective materials and lessons that increase student academic growth. 

Above all, our traditional curriculum allows us to continue to provide a Christ-centered education.   As a school approved by the state of Louisiana, using our school-developed student outcomes, you can be assured that the program of study and staff of Baton Rouge Lutheran School will help your child reach his or her full, God-given, academic potential.  

A variety of enrichment courses are offered to students that enhance the education program.  All courses are not included in the curriculum for a grade level.  For example, Band is one elective subject for grades 4-8 and no curriculum is listed for that course.  (Band students progress as their individual and group abilities allow.)  Algebra I is a grade 8 elective course that precisely follows state guidelines so our students may receive high school credit upon completion.  (Algebra students will adhere to the current state curriculum for their course.)  Computer classes utilize EasyTech, a web-based software package that provides both class and individualized  instruction in computer skills, online safety and keyboarding.  First through eighth grade students progress as their abilities allow.  (The program components may be accessed from either school and home.)

We have promoted a balanced approach to literacy to encourage cooperation between home and school.  We also believe in the importance of individualized instruction. So, rather than using only a standard textbook that all students read, our literacy program consists of utilizing many instructional tools to appeal to each student at their individual reading levels. Students in Kindergarten-grade 2 choose “just right” books from a variety of genres at a level that is appropriate for each. Young students share the materials with older student reading and writing partners, daily read with parents and siblings at home, and are responsible for keeping a reading record.   Older students have "summer reading" assigned to foster a love of reading and to maintain skills.  There are unique reading recommendations provided throughout the school year for each grade level, but for the summer months there are lists for Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, and Grades 6-8.

 

We provide students with many opportunities to develop their unique skills and interests outside of the classroom.  School-sponsored field trips, grade level activities, extra-curricular opportunities, and participation in organized sports may awaken new interests that will further encourage the development of a student's potential.

Preschool Curricula...Half-Day Program
(Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

Prekindergarten Curricula...Half-Day Program
(Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

Kindergarten Curricula
(Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

First Grade Curricula
(Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

Second Grade Curricula
(Religion, Language Arts, Handwriting, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

Third Grade Curricula
(Religion, Reading, Language, Spelling, Handwriting, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

 Fourth Grade Curricula
(Religion, Reading, Language, Spelling, Handwriting, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

Fifth Grade Curricula
(Religion, Reading, Language, Spelling, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Physical Education, Library, Music)

Sixth Grade Curricula
(Religion, Literature, English, Math, World History, Science, Art, Physical Education, Music, French)

Seventh Grade Curricula
(Religion, Literature, English, Math, LA History, Science, Art, Physical Education, Music, French)

Eighth Grade Curricula
(Religion, Literature, English, Math, U.S. History, Science, Art, Physical Education, Music, French)

Curious about how BRLS compares to schools nationally?
Our 3rd-8th grade IOWA test results (2016) showed our students, overall, ranked in the 82nd Reading percentile, 97th Language percentile, and 74th math percentile.

What textbooks do we use to help students learn?

With the exception of Religion and Study Skills, all textbooks and workbooks have been adopted by the Louisiana Department of Education and are state approved for use in any public school.  We have chosen to use instructional materials that insure our students are, at a minimum, learning skills that other students, in other schools, should be learning at specific grade levels state-wide according to the Department of Education.  Textbook publishers, and their parent companies, are listed by course

Algebra – Glencoe (The McGraw & Hill Companies)
American History – Pearson Prentice Hall (Pearson)
Computer Skills -  (Under consideration at this time)
English, Elementary – Houghton Mifflin (Houghton Mifflin School Division)
English, Junior High – Holt (Holt)
French – McDougal Littell (Holt McDougal)
Handwriting, grades 1-5 – Zaner-Bloser (Zaner-Bloser)
Handwriting, Kindergarten - Mead (Mead)
Language Arts – Scott Foreman (Pearson)
Literature, Junior High – Holt (Holt)
Louisiana History – Clairmont Press (Clairmont Press)
Math, Elementary – Houghton Mifflin (Houghton Mifflin School Division)
Math, Junior High – Saxon Math (Harcourt Achieve)
Music – McGraw Hill (The McGraw Hill Companies)
Reading, grades Kindergarten-5 - Harcourt (Harcourt Achieve)
Religion – Concordia Publishing House (Concordia Publishing House)
Science, Elementary – Harcourt (Harcourt Achieve)
Science, Junior High – Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley (Pearson)
Social Studies, grades 2-5 – Scott Foresman (Pearson)
Spelling, grades 1-5 – Houghton Mifflin (Houghton Mifflin School Division)
Study Skills - SOAR series, Grand Lighthouse (Grand Lighthouse)
World History – Scott Foresman (Pearson)