Eagle Ridge Christian School desires for all of its students to excel academically. Therefore, ERCS utilizes a variety of curricula and teaching methods to enable all students to reach their full potential. From preschool through high school a love of learning is cultivated through the use of challenging yet enjoyable learning experiences. Curriculum, teaching methods, and learning experiences are designed and employed to meet the growth, development, and educational needs of each student. Preschool and elementary teachers design their lessons to include hands on and experiential learning time that incorporates a multiplicity of learning styles.
Junior and senior high teachers provide activities that cultivate the student's ability to analyze, critique, and solve problems in all areas of the curriculum. Since success in high school is the foundation for success in their postsecondary education, teachers stress study skills, organization, and time management to their students. Students at Eagle Ridge are set on a course of study that will provide them the tools to succeed in their post secondary pursuits as well as their every day lives. Beginning in elementary school, hard work, dedication, honesty, and integrity are emphasized to the students.
Eagle Ridge Christian School is accredited by the International Christian Accreditation Association (ICAA) and AdvancED (formerly the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement). These accrediting bodies are recognized by the United States Department of Education as approved accrediting agencies.
Every five years, Eagle Ridge Christian School goes through a re-evaluation process. At that time a team of trained educational professionals visit the school to evaluate and confirm that the standards are being upheld.
Educational goals are important to the education process. They provide direction and purpose. It is our expectation that staff will at all times be moving toward accomplishing the following goals:
- 100 percent of the students will have personal relationship with Jesus Christ (John 3:3).
- 100 percent of the students will be water baptized (Mark 16:15,16).
- To be spiritually mature ( 1 Cor. 14:20).
- To be able to view the whole of life from God's perspective (Eph. 2:10; 5:16; 2 Peter 1:3).
- To be effective in the area in which God has called him to serve (2 Peter 1:3; Heb.10:24,25).
- To be conformed to the image (likeness) of Jesus, to think like Him and to act like Him (Matt. 5:48; John 15:4).
- To understand the basic doctrines of the Bible (Titus 2:1).
- To be a bold witness for Jesus Christ (Romans 10:15‑18).
- To be submissive to those in authority from God's perspective (Romans 13:1‑7; Heb.13:17; Eph. 6:1‑3).
Academic / Mental Goals
- 100 percent of the students will score at the 75 percent level as measured by the yearly standardized achievement test.
- 100 percent of the graduating seniors will score no less than 21 on the ACT test.
- To have an informed mind (Rom. 15:14), quickened judgment (1 Cor.2:15) and exactness of thought (Col.4:6)
- To voice the Christian point of view in the social sciences—Economics, History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Law, Anthropology (Prov. 14:34; Rom.13).
- To recognize God's revelation of truth through the natural sciences-Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Anatomy, Botany, Geology, Physiology, Zoology (Gen. 1:1; Ps.19).
- To embrace God's place in the humanities—Art and Music, Literature (Deut. 31:1 , I Tim. 3; 1 Cor. 2).
- To effectively communicate in every facet of Christian living and service—writing, reading, speaking and thinking (Ex. 17:14; Prov. 29:11; James 3).
- To use good study skills and habits (2 Tim. 2:3‑7).
- To know how to research and to reason logically from a biblical perspective (Heb. 5:14; Rom. 12:2).
Physical / Behavioral Goals
- 100 percent of the students will score in the Healthy Fitness Zone in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
- To maintain a lifestyle of physical fitness ( 3 John 2; 1 The. 5:23; Ps. 92:12‑14).
- To take care of the body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19,20).
- To participate in quality leisure‑time and sport activities (Gal.5:7‑9,16,24; Prov. 3:1,2).
Social / Cultural Goals
- 100 percent of the students will display Christ-like attitudes and positive character traits as evidenced by their behavior in and out of the classroom as evidenced by behavioral records.
- To be a good citizen (Rom.13:1‑7).
- To display good ethics (Rom.13:9).
- To respect rights and property of others (Rom. 14:13).
- To foster a good attitude (1 John 2:15‑17).
- To become a positive example (1 Tim. 4:12).
- To contribute positively to Christ‑centered homes and families (Eph.5:22,23; 2 Peter 3:18).
- To foster wholesome, Christ‑pleasing relationships (1 The. 4:1‑7; 1 Tim. 4:12; Gen. 2:18‑25; Eph. 5:22,33). The final outcome is fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:17, "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Eagle Ridge Christian School utilizes curriculum that employs Christian values and principles. This consists of curriculum produced by A Beka Book, Bob Jones University, Christian Schools International, and Saxon Math Publishers. Curriculum is evaluated on its agreement with the Word of God and its academic content. A book may have great content, but if it contradicts the Word of God in any way, it will not be used in Eagle Ridge Christian School. Curriculum is evaluated yearly to make certain that it fulfills the needs of the students. Eagle Ridge curriculum is aligned using Curriculum Trak software that allows the administration and staff to provide assurance that all necessary academic content is being taught and assessed at each grade level.
Each spring students at Eagle Ridge Christian School take the Terra Nova Achievement Test. Terra Nova is a standardized norm-referenced test that assesses students in grades K-12 in reading, math, language, science, social studies, and bible. The series of assessments generate precise norm-referenced achievement scores, a full complement of criterion-referenced objective mastery scores, and performance-level information. On line data gives teachers and administrators a myriad of tools to evaluate student achievement.
The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in the United State. Juniors at Eagle Ridge take the test in October of each year. The score is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The PSAT 8/9 is a new test from the College Board utilized for 8th and 9th grade students. The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of student’s college and career readiness as they enter high school. It also gives students a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 and establishes their readiness for AP courses.
The ACT is a curriculum-and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT with writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a writing test. ACT scores are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States. Students at Eagle Ridge are encouraged to take the ACT no later than the first semester of their junior year and then as often as necessary until they achieve the score desired. Students may take the test a maximum of 12 times before graduation. Eagle Ridge students are expected to achieve a score of 21 before graduating.
Eagle Ridge Christian School works collaboratively with Southeast Missouri State University to offer dual enrollment classes to our high school students. Classes, cost, and additional information is available upon request.
Tutoring will be offered by our resource teacher, faculty members, and Student Council Members throughout the week to assist those students needing extra help.