Lower Elementary

Grades TK – 2

Students learn best when they learn by doing. Experiencing learning through a wide variety of activities that engage all the senses is the focus of our TK-2 program. When young students learn in this manner, they make deep connections to concepts and can better understand the world around them. Our small class sizes with a student-teacher ratio of 6:1 allow us to accomplish this with excellence.

Our TK program exists to serve children who are chronologically ready for kindergarten but would benefit from the gift of an extra year of social and emotional development. The TK learning environment is both structured and exploratory. Structure is provided through a clear and predictable schedule, and exploration is experienced through active learning that is fun, adventurous, creative, and engaging.

Kindergarten is foundational to a child’s educational journey. There is a natural curiosity and desire to “soak in” learning at this age. Our experienced, licensed educators create an environment that feels like play, but is actually building foundational skills and promoting a culture of lifelong learning. Children applying to kindergarten at OCS must be 5 by August 1 of the year in which they plan to attend.

Our first and second grade students continue building upon those skills through developmentally appropriate methodologies and pedagogy. Students participate in experiential learning that involves critical thinking, resilience, and cooperation. Hands-on projects and a highly relational atmosphere bring learning to life for our young students. 

It is our desire that students see learning as integrated and meaningful. We are Christ-centered and teach through a Biblical lens, which we believe is the best way to instill strong, truth-centered, eternal principles and values. It also allows our students to begin to know and understand their identity and worth in Christ. 

Our TK-2 Homeroom Shepherds steward the emotional, social, and spiritual growth of our students. They provide a source of constancy, mentorship, and discipleship as they nurture the whole child. Homeroom Shepherds partner with the educators to help individualize and meet the educational needs of the students