THE QSCA Academic Program
At Quartzsite Southern Christian Academy, we take pride in offering an academically rigorous and spiritually enriching educational experience. Our Bible-based curriculum focuses on providing a nurturing learning environment that fosters individualized, self-paced learning, and character development. Our dedicated staff is committed to helping students of every ability achieve their highest potential while promoting the principles of Christian leadership, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity, and good citizenship.
At the core of QSCA’s academic program is the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum, which has been specifically designed to cater to each student’s unique learning needs. The ACE approach emphasizes mastery of concepts and allows students to progress through the curriculum at their own pace. This individualized learning methodology ensures that students have a thorough understanding of each subject matter, resulting in a solid academic foundation. By utilizing the ACE curriculum, QSCA is committed to providing an environment where students can thrive and become confident, independent learners, equipped with the skills necessary for their future pursuits.
In addition to our strong emphasis on academic achievement, QSCA also values intellectual and physical development, as well as social interaction. We believe that a well-rounded education, grounded in Biblical principles, prepares our students for success not only in their academic journey but also in college and beyond. Explore our academic programs, ranging from kindergarten through high school, and learn how QSCA is shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
The curriculum used for Kindergarten is called Kindergarten with ACE and Christ. This curriculum is taught in a traditional style classroom setting and offers a strong auditory base for “learning to read”. It also offers an excellent writing and numbers – foundation. Each student is graded on the same material and level as the rest of the class. This curriculum is Bible-based with an emphasis on character development.
Students may be disciplined for disobedience or misbehavior. For serious or repeated misbehavior, students may be sent to the Principal’s Office. A parent conference may be necessary.
Students will go on periodic field trips throughout the year. The dress code for
the field trips will be the school attire unless a notice is sent home to let you know of a
change. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend field trips and help chaperone.
Students will have at least two (2) breaks each day. They may bring a healthy snack for a break but PLEASE do not bring toys.
1st Grade - High School
The Curriculum used for 1st Grade through High School is called Accelerated Christian Education (ACE). It is a self-paced, individualized, Bible-based curriculum. It is divided into packets (called PACES) in such a way that 12 PACES comprise a year’s work in each subject. Each quarter of school (9-weeks) the students are required to complete 3 PACES in each subject. Most students will have 6 core subjects (Math, English, Word Building, Literature & Creative Writing, Science, and Social Studies). Students who maintain a 94% grade point average will be placed on the Honor Roll. Students who maintain a 95% or higher grade point average will be placed on Pastor’s Honor Roll.
A PACE is passed only if the student scores 80% or higher. If a student scores below the minimum, he/she will be assigned a repeat PACE of the same number. He/She will work the PACE again and be tested again until the PACE is passed. All scores on the Report Card represent only the PACES passed.
Each morning before you begin your PACE work, you must set your goals.
You will write down on your goal Card the subjects that you have and the page numbers that you plan to complete that day. You are required to set a minimum number of pages each day as per your supervisor.
Homework is for students who don’t complete their goals for the day during
class time. Whatever you didn’t finish in class is what you must finish for homework. Each day your teacher (supervisor or monitor) will check to make sure your goals are set reasonably and that you completed the previous day’s goals.
Scoring is a very important part of the learning process. Improper scoring usually
results in failed tests. The score keys are color-coded to match your PACEs. When you come to a score strip in your PACE, you need to get permission to go to the score table to check your work. If an answer is not correct, you must place a red X on the number of that problem. If there are no mistakes on the page, circle the page number with red ink and proceed to the next page. After all the pages have been scored, put a red X in the first box of the score strip. Finally, get permission to re-score. If the answers are correct, circle the red X’s and if all the answers on the page are correct, circle the page number. When all the pages in that section are correct, put a red X in the last box of the score strip.
Testing is our tool for measuring mastery of concepts. You must score at least 80% on every test. When you complete a PACE, you must take notes from the vocabulary, the checkups, and the Self-Test. Then you must turn in the completed PACE and take the test the following class day. Minimize PACE failures by taking good notes, studying on your own the night before the test, and by getting your parents to quiz you over your notes. If you fail your PACE test, parents are responsible to purchase a new PACE for $25.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center is strictly a place to work. We have breaks for the running, talking, and visiting you might want to do. We want to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to your Christian learning experience. Therefore, we want you to keep your offices neat at all times. The only things that should be pinned up in your offices are your star charts, goal cards, and anything your supervisor gives you to pin-up.
Breaks are the time to get a drink of water and go to the restroom. If you need to
leave the class for these purposes beyond the appointed times, it may be at the teacher’ discretion.
College and Beyond
QSCA’s comprehensive curriculum not only prepares students for their K-12 academic journey but also equips them with the essential skills and knowledge for higher education. Our dedicated staff encourages students to explore various post-secondary opportunities and assists them in the application process for colleges and universities.
At QSCA, we understand that every student has unique goals and aspirations. In addition to preparing students for college, we also provide guidance and resources for those interested in pursuing vocational training or apprenticeships, allowing them to explore a variety of fulfilling career paths.
Entrepreneurship and Life Skills:
Our school places an emphasis on developing well-rounded individuals, and as such, we encourage our students to think critically and creatively. By incorporating entrepreneurship and life skills education into our curriculum, we help students build a strong foundation for success in both their professional and personal lives.