ELEMENTARY

Three Elementary School Options:
Christian East, Christian West, and Christian South

Since the inception of the elementary program in 1974, thousands of students have benefited from our commitment to “teaching the things that matter most.” It is our conviction and calling, as Christian educators, to teach children to think, learn, and live from a Biblical worldview. The students’ confidence in their faith is increased through chapel services, ministry to others, and classroom instruction.

PATRIOT
ATHLETICS

Dedicated Christian Educators

Our teachers form the foundation of our program

Teaching a Biblical worldview in school begins with dedicated Christian educators. Integrating biblical principles into all curriculum, teachers emphasize daily that God is Truth and that His Word is the primary source of knowledge. Eliminating the confusion about who we are and why we are here paves the way for a life of assurance and devotion to God.

Teaching strategies

Our elementary teachers use a blend of direct instruction, group learning, project-based learning, and differentiated instruction to best meet the learning needs of our students. We understand that each child learns differently, and we work to meet the individual needs of our students whenever possible.  We integrate technology into our lessons as a support to the primary methods of teaching, and to maximize learning opportunities.

MAP Assessments

Our school uses the NWEA MAP assessment twice yearly in 1st through 9th grade to track individual student growth of students in Math, Reading, and Language. This enables the teachers to pinpoint strengths and growth areas and personalize learning to maximize learning opportunities.

Common Core

Since our founding in 1965, Christian Unified Schools has faithfully pursued its mission statement to teach students “to think, learn, and live from a Biblical worldview.” Through the years there have been various standards—state and national—which have sought to improve the academic standards in our public educational system. Christian Unified Schools will continue to meet and exceed these standards. 

Reading Focus

Learning to think from a Christian worldview is largely achieved through written and oral communication, reading, and the study of God’s word. Our academic program is committed to the early mastery of strong reading skills. As students become proficient readers, they learn skills to help them read to learn.

Reading Tutoring
At all of our campuses, Christian Elementary  is committed to literacy.  We know that to give a child the ability to read and comprehend is a gift that prepares them for future success.  If and when we have a student who falls behind in reading, we have strategies to come alongside them both through teachers and curriculum. When needed, pull-out classes may be added to give them extra practice individually or in a small group.  

STEM

Our STEM program is an important part of our Science courses.  Each student in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade has the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons that extend the subject matter being studied in Science– integrating Technology, Engineering and Math for unforgettable and fun learning experiences that make the concepts being studied come alive.

Course Offerings

  • Bible
  • Reading
  • Language
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Math
  • History
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Band (Grades 5 & 6)
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Computer
  • Bible
  • Reading
  • Language
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Math
  • History
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music/Instrument Introduction (Grades 4 & 6)
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • 2-to-1 iPad (Grades 5 & 6)
Junior High Additions:
Public Speaking, Keyboard/Typing, Home Economics, Lit Analysis with High School Writing Prep, One-on-One iPad

More than Academics

Educating the whole child

A quality education includes more than academics. Through physical education, choral music, intramural sports and band, our students develop the skills of teamwork, healthy competition, sportsmanship, and musical creativity.  Instruction in technology skills prepares them for the future in fulfilling God’s calling.

Citizens for the new generation

Christian Unified Schools is committed to establishing an academic and spiritual foundation that fosters a love of learning in an atmosphere where children can express their God-given gifts and talents. Believing that responsible and informed people are the strength of any nation, we prepare students to exercise a proper role within their families, in the Body of Christ, and as citizens of the United States of America and the world.

Christian Elementary School Profile

Our Kindergarten Program

Kindergarten provides the necessary foundation for the spiritual, academic, and social development of each child. Children become learners through discovery and play and engage in a wide range of developmental activities that produce a life-long love of learning. The reading/language arts program emphasizes a strong phonics base and beginning reading and writing. Biblical truth is taught through Old and New Testament stories, character trait studies, and Bible memorization. History is introduced through topics on the family, communities past and present, and patriotism. Using hands-on activities, students develop an understanding of beginning mathematical concepts. The science curriculum is based on the exploration of God’s creation.
 

Transitional Kindergarten (CES East)

The purpose of our Transitional Kindergarten program is to provide families with an excellent environment that prepares their child for Kindergarten spiritually, mentally, and socially. Children must be four by September 1 and developmentally ready for a learning program, including following directions and enjoying a structured learning environment. TK is a good option for five-year-olds who are not yet ready for Kindergarten. TK observes the full-day school schedule, and students wear uniforms. 

Parent-Teacher Fellowship

The Parent-Teacher Fellowsip supports the philosophy, vision, mission, and core values of Christian Elementary School.  It furthers the interests of the school, promotes fellowship among the parents and teachers, and assists the school at social and other functions as needed.

Uniforms

Christian Unified Schools of San Diego desires to create an educational atmosphere that maximizes learning.

Modesty, moderation, neatness, cleanliness, and gender distinction are the overriding principles of the CUSSD uniform policy. Students are required to abide by the uniform policy at all times.

The students dress should reflect pride in their school and respect for themselves. Enforcement of the uniform policy, like all other discipline matters, is based on cooperation among students, parents and the school. The school, however, is the final authority on the uniform policy and other discipline issues. If, in the opinion of the school, a student s dress is inappropriate, a parent may be called and required to bring a new, acceptable uniform to the school.

The Uniform Store

The sole provider of uniform clothing for Christian Unified Schools is The Uniform Store, located near the Spring Street Trolley Stop in La Mesa Village. Please call ahead for hours and details:

8160 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 466-5437

Spirit Wear

Spirit wear is provided through Whitney Promotions. Find everything from hoodies to caps and stadium chairs here:

Christian Elementary School East
2100 Greenfield Drive
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 201-8900
Christian Elementary School West
211 South 3rd Street
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 201-8925
Christian South (K-8)
482 L Street
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 422-5850

praise from parents & students

Tim & Beverly LaHaye

HISTORY

The Christian Unified School District was founded in 1965 by Drs. Tim and Beverly LaHaye to provide an educational program for the people of San Diego County that equips and nurtures the whole child—mentally, socially, physically, spiritually and morally.

MISSION

Recognizing the preeminence of Christ, partnering with parents, Christian Unified Schools of San Diego teaches students to think, learn, and live from a Biblical worldview by integrating God and His Word as the primary source of knowledge and truth.

VISION

Led by Pastor David Jeremiah, Christian Unified Schools of San Diego desires that students acquire deep and personal knowledge of Christ and His Word, achieve the highest levels of Christian scholarship and learning, and accomplish the eternal purposes for which God created them.

Common Core at CUSSD

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by most states in order to improve our public educational system.  As seen on the Common Core website, these standards seek to provide:

 “a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.  The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.  With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”[1]

Christian Unified Schools has a tradition of excellence in education.   Part of this tradition recognizes the need to adequately prepare our students to engage the world as “salt and light”(Matthew 5:13-16).   Steeped in this belief, our commitment as an educational institution reviews state, national, and now Common Core standards to see whether they help strengthen our own educational standards and whether they line up with a biblical worldview.

Our instructional program at CUSSD surpasses various academic standards—including University of California A-G requirements and Common Core; provides biblical integration, and ultimately seeks to glorify God.  As a Christian institution we will continually practice our autonomy in establishing a curriculum which matches our mission statement while meeting needs of our students. Last of all, CUSSD recognizes that the best education is one in which students are taught to “think, learn, and live” from a biblical worldview. 

[1] Common Core State Standards Initiative 2012b http://www.corestandards.org/

Family Statement of Faith

  • The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs.  The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant, plenary, and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purposes of CUSSD’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, Shadow Mountain Community Church is CUSSD’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
  • We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection on the third day, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and In His personal pre-millennial return to rapture His Church before the Tribulation and His glorious appearing to set up His Millennial Kingdom.   
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith, apart from works by the merit of the shed blood of Christ, and that the born-again believer is eternally secure in Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the individual priesthood of the believer.
  • We believe life begins at conception.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that the Scripture dictates standards of sexual behavior. The unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. Any promiscuity, homosexuality, gender identity issues or other deviations from Biblical principles is a sin that is offensive to God (Matt. 5:18-19; I Cor. 6: 9-10, 19-20; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

We expect our students to be:

Influential Christians who:

  • Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Apply Biblical principles as the foundation for moral and spiritual living.
  • Develop and maintain an informed Biblical worldview that shapes their lifestyle choices.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through acts of service and sharing the gospel.

Investigative Learners who:

  • Master a body of knowledge, vocabulary, and skills.
  • Understand, analyze, and order relationships among facts.
  • Assess their needs and apply appropriate strategies to learn concepts and skills.
  • Actively use the tools of learning throughout their lifetime.

Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Identify, analyze, discriminate, prioritize, and apply information.
  • Have the ability to solve problems by thinking independently and logically.
  • Make responsible and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Actively seek and apply absolute truths.

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately understand, interpret, and exchange information.
  • Communicate with eloquence, creativity, and persuasion in writing and in speech.
  • Develop and utilize artistic expression.
  • Proclaim and defend the gospel with wisdom, wit and respect.

Quality Producers who:

  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of curriculum.
  • Develop their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Display standards of excellence in all pursuits.
  • Work well with others toward a common goal.

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Respect and submit to authority.
  • Actively protect and promote freedom and democracy.
  • Enjoy God’s creation and live as good stewards within it.
  • Recognize and contribute to meeting the needs of others.