Grades Kindergarten-5th

Grand View Christian School is pleased to partner with parents who desire a faith based biblical world view education for their child.  These are the years of development that begin to structure a foundation for future learning and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Grades kindergarten through 5th Grade curriculum focuses on the fundamental learning essentials in the core academic disciplines.  The curriculum is designed with predominately faith based curriculum resources.  Biblical integration is included in all instruction.  The elementary curriculum includes:

  • Bible and Weekly Chapel
  • Reading (Phonetic)
  • Language Arts: Grammar, Writing, Spelling, Speaking, Listening
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Technology: Keyboarding, Coding,  K-1st grade have technology centers, 2nd-5th grade have 1:1 laptops
  • Library
  • Beginning Band and Elementary Band

All teachers are licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and are skilled in Biblical integration.  Kindergarten through 5th grade is an accredited nonpublic private elementary school program through the Iowa Department of Education.

Literacy assessments are conducted 3 times a year to monitor reading skills and comprehension.  Iowa Assessments are administered for annual grade level achievement.  Parent Conferences are available bi-annually and as needed.  Special Services are available to GVCS through Heartland AEA for screenings in speech, hearing, or other areas of development.

All elementary classes have enrichment activities that include field trips, visiting class speakers, Christian service projects, seasonal celebrations, and fine arts performances.

An After Care Program is available on school days until 5:30 for students in preschool-5th grade.

“Developing Life Long Learners and Growing in Jesus”

Christi Ersland
5th Grade Teacher


Christi Ersland

Your position:

5th Grade Teacher

Testimony of salvation:

I grew up in a small town in South Dakota and attended First Baptist Church of White. I was incredibly blessed to have Godly parents that were both saved and instilling biblical values into my life. There was one weekend we were visiting my aunt and uncle in Minnesota, and I was listening to the message about hell. My heart was heavy because I knew I was a sinner and going to hell. I knew I needed to do something about it, but my pride stepped in the way. As the invitation came and went, I was still a sinner going to hell. This overwhelming feeling stayed with me through lunch and well into our trip home. I was convicted and I couldn’t take it any longer. Traveling on Interstate 90, we looked at scripture from the Bible, and I accepted the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. At that point, I knew I was a child of His and would live with Him for eternity! Soon after I was saved, and I was baptized at the age of six in my hometown church.


Nevada Baptist Church

Areas where you serve in your church: 

We serve in our church nursery, in hospitality, on the cleaning committee, and in planning and coordinating many different events


BS- Elementary Education, Northern State University 

MS- Teaching and Learning Elementary Education, Northern State University


Athletic Coach Endorsement


I married Aaron in 2005 and I moved to Iowa. Since then, God has blessed us with two children: Easton (4th Grade) and Kendall (2nd Grade).

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching?

As a family, we enjoy God’s beautiful creation of the outdoors along with anything that is competitive!

How long have you been in your job at Grand View?

This is my 2nd year at Grand View. 


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