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Principal's Welcome

Relationship, Education, Service.  These three words summarize the mission of Aurora Christian School.  
 
We desire for students to come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and we want our students to grow in relationship with their peers in a positive and caring educational setting. Many relationships exist within the school setting. The relationship between the teacher and each student is critical as they work together daily. And students must also maintain right relationships with each other as they work and live together in the community of the classroom. The parent and teacher relationship is very important as parents entrust their prized possession into the care of the teachers who spend countless hours in partnership with parents to teach the students in their care. All of this is why Aurora Christian School is often referred to as a family.
 
And it is called school for a reason. The teachers hold high standards for academic progress for all students in the classroom. ACS is a phonics-based curriculum, teaching phonics through 2nd grade. Reading skills are taught with a focus on application and synthesis of materials within the curriculum. Mathematics materials are challenging, while Grammar, History, Science, Spelling, Handwriting (and yes, cursive too) are all taught within the educational setting. Students also have Music Education, Physical Education, Art, Technology Instruction (beginning in 3rd grade) and Band (beginning in 4th grade). The basic philosophy regarding homework is that it is for review and reinforcement of materials learned at school. We value the role of family, but homework is part of the learning process and helps students develop appropriate study skills.
 
Service projects are practiced at Aurora Christian School as each class works with a ministry outside of the school. Some classes have missionaries that they support and pray for, other classes work with local ministries, and as a school we also are growing a relationship with a ministry in Uganda, East Africa as pen pals. We also partner with nursing care facilties in the area to serve those who enjoy student artwork, notes, and an annual visit. The goal is to help students grasp the many ways they can be involved in serving others locally and around the world.
 
Aurora Christian School also has a beautiful facility, regular chapel services for the 1st-5th graders, a fun playground, a hot lunch program, extended care services for families who need before school and after school child care, select holiday child care dates available for 3rd grade students and younger, and a veteran teaching staff that love and care for children as our own.
 
I would love the opportunity to talk with you about how you and your family can join the Aurora Christian School family.
 
Scott Etchison
Preschool and Elementary Principal