New Manna Christian School (NMCS) has a complete range of traditional classes starting with the K3 and K4 class (three and four-year-olds) and extending through the 12th grade. In addition, Bible classes are standard courses for the 9th through the 12th-grade curriculum at NMCS and vocational training is also offered when interest and class size allows.
Each year students are given standard achievement tests to gauge each child's progress and percentile comparisons with national averages as well as class proficiency. NMCS students consistently score above grade level.
With smaller class sizes, our 10:1 student to teacher ratio enables teachers to spend quality time with each child and promotes a level of activity within the classroom that precipitates greater overall academic acuity superior to settings where student/teacher interaction and discussions occur only among a select few.
New Manna Christian School is a member of the North Carolina Christian School Association and the American Association of Christian Schools.
Because of this relationship with schools statewide, students are involved with testing, competitions, and other inter-school activities which provide them with the opportunity to interact with like-minded peers outside of their own community or region. All areas working together to develop a well-rounded Christian-school student, graduates of NMCS have chosen to continue and have successfully completed their educations at both Christian and secular colleges and universities such as Appalachian State, Lenoir-Rhyne, Lees-McRae, Montreat, Hyles-Anderson, Champion Baptist, and Bob Jones University to name a few.
The purpose of our Bible curriculum is to help students develop a personal relationship with the Lord, read the Bible daily and develop a prayer life. Throughout the year, the students hear and learn Bible stories from the Old and New Testament and memorize Bible verses. They are introduced to Bible doctrines and enjoy many hymns and Bible related songs.
History begins as early as kindergarten, where they are introduced to community helpers and begin to study our country and geography. As they move through elementary school, they are introduced to continents, oceans, the equator and map directions. They are taught to be good citizens and learn patriotism and appreciation of our American heritage through the lives of great Americans. They will learn about other parts of the world as well, especially in fifth grade where the focus is on Old World History and the middle east.
This curriculum is a combination of science and health. In science, students will be introduced to the world around them and will develop a deeper reverence for the God who created it all. Health will teach them to take care of the bodies God has given them. They will also learn good manners, how to be courteous, and will develop good health and safety habits.
Cursive writing is the basis for our writing curriculum. They start in first grade learning the basic cursive writing strokes and will build on that through fifth grade where they use journal entries, creative writing and other assignments to improve their cursive writing skills.
We have an extensive math curriculum. In lower elementary, they are introduced to basic number concepts and math procedures. They learn their multiplication tables, are introduced to fractions and begin learning basic geometry. In the upper elementary grades, emphasis is placed on working with fractions and decimals. They continue to expand their knowledge of geometry, equations, measures, graphs and story problems.
Literacy is made up of reading, spelling and language arts. Students are taught to read in kindergarten with phonics. They will build on these skills through lower elementary and will begin reading more in depth material in third grade. These stories and related materials will encourage character building, creative thinking, and Biblical principles. Spelling begins in first grade. The students begin with small words and small lists and progress to larger words and longer lists. Each week a new list is introduced. Language arts teaches the students to express themselves clear and correctly, and will help them with everyday communication skills. As they study the English language, they will learn about sentence structure, parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation and forming plurals. Beginning in fourth grade, they learn to work with dictionaries, encyclopedias and thesauruses and will write book reports, paragraphs and research papers.