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·         Crest Lane School provides curriculum instruction that meets Maryland state requirements and follows the curriculum recommended by the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In Addition to state requirements, Bible instruction is provided to all grades.

·         Crest Lane School adheres to the highest academic standards for it students – striving to enable each student to learn and reach their true potential. (Learning styles, multi-grade) Our classroom teachers are fully certified in their field of teaching and participate in continuing education programs that keep them current with educational best practices.

·         Since the core of our philosophy is education through Jesus Christ, the students study Bible teachings of Jesus Christ in order to understand basic Christian principles; thus the life and teachings of Jesus Christ permeate every aspect of the school program and includes daily worship and prayer.

·         Completion of elementary instructional coursework (grades 1-8) provides the necessary foundations for high school entrance and achievement. Core areas – reading, mathematics, physical education and language arts – are emphasized throughout the elementary years. Additional coursework is provided to ensure a well-rounded education and to broaden a student’s view of the world: science & health; social studies; computer instruction; Spanish; music; and art.

Curriculum and Course Descriptions:   


In harmony with our school philosophy, Bible instruction is Bible-based.  Its influence permeates every subject and every school activity.  While the Bible curriculum is primarily concerned with the affective rather than the cognitive domain, Bible class instruction seeks to develop independent thinking.   In the pursuit of biblically sound conclusions, individual opinions and questions are respected. Students are encouraged to apply biblical principles to their lives and experience a love for the Word of God through personal experience. Class activities are designed to lead students to a closer personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  


Mathematics instruction is designed to instill values of accuracy, honesty, thriftiness and Christian stewardship. In order for students to be good stewards of their time and money and to carry out their responsibilities as members of the church and citizens of their country, they must have a thorough understanding of mathematics and be able to apply it’s principles in everyday life.  Many activities and manipulatives are used to aid students in mastering basic concepts of math and to increase their abilities to solve problems.


Science instruction is presented with a biblical basis that acknowledges that God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, is the originator of all true scientific knowledge.  An awareness that the laws of nature are God’s laws, allows students to develop an appreciation for the study of science as a means of learning about His character. The relationship of creation to the Sabbath and other Biblical truths are presented. An appreciation of the human body as the temple of God provides the basis for practicing divinely-given health principles.  Activities are also provided that encourage exploration into the scientific process including engaging in outdoor education.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum is designed to lead students to an understanding of God working out His purpose in the history of nations and the great brotherhood of society.  The scope includes geography, history of God’s leading among nations, and the mission of God’s people. It presents broad, comprehensive views of life. The study of the facts of history, along with current events, prepares students for life in a constantly changing, social environment. Instruction will not only present facts, but will also enable students to form meaningful concepts and values. 

Language Arts

Language arts instruction integrates language skills into all curriculum areas.  At the early levels, a phonics-based reading program is provided to develop solid reading skills.  At the upper levels, a variety of reading genre is provided to teach students to read and think critically, to use correct grammar skills, to build vocabulary, and to develop creative writing techniques. The use of literature and poetry provides aesthetic enrichment and opportunities for developing character-building skills in discriminating between the uplifting and the degrading. Skills are taught that will prepare students to meet the challenge of advanced academic education and equip them to take their places in the work force in the future.  

Physical Education

A weekly program of instruction is provided for all students.  Directed work and play experiences enable students to develop physical, spiritual, mental, and social qualities as reflected through physical activities. Opportunities for daily play and physical activity are included in the schedule. A written excuse from a physician is required to excuse a student temporarily or permanently from the physical education program.


 Students are provided with an opportunity to participate in musical activities which promote student appreciation for good music. Students in receive classroom music instruction, which includes, but is not limited to a basic understanding of musical rhythm and note reading through direct instruction, singing and musical instruments.


Computer opportunities are available for students within the individual classrooms.  In addition, computer instruction is provided for all students beginning in grade 5. Students learn basic computer literacy and keyboarding.  Students in grades 5-8 participate in an integrated computer curriculum that provides opportunities for learning how to use the computer as a tool to enhance and reinforce their studies throughout the school day.


The Arts Attack curriculum is the foundation of art instruction offered at the elementary level.   Art instruction incorporates a variety of media.  Some art instruction is integrated into the core curriculum to provide a creative link within the regular curriculum.  The art program is specifically designed to give students an appreciation of God’s beauty through aesthetic growth and creativity. It provides an outlet for creative expression for each student.

Crest Lane School adheres to the Journey to Excellence program developed by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. The Journey to Excellence (J2E) encompasses:

  • Vision, shared values, and common goals.
  • Clear understanding of the philosophy, history, and goals of Adventist education.
  • Utilization of the growing body of research on effective education.
  • Educational leaders and governing boards who create school cultures that encourage innovation without fear of failure.
  • Renewing cycle of improvement in Adventist schools.

The J2E contemplates that teachers will offer a cohesive curriculum which enables students to see connections between the many fields of learning by:

  • Integrating faith throughout the curriculum.
  • Building connections within a discipline/subject area and to other related areas including co-curricular activities.
  • Cooperating with other teachers in integrating curriculum between disciplines/subject areas and grade levels.

Designed for Adventist elementary schools in the United States of America by the North Pacific Union Conference, the Elementary Key Learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, USA national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).


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