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”

Grace Peterson
EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental


Grace Peterson

Your position:

EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental

Testimony of salvation:

My faith story begins with my family, parents who loved the Lord and taught me from His Word.  I accepted Christ as my Savior at a young age, and later recognized my need to make Him Lord of my life. 


Grace Church

Areas where you serve in your church:

I was challenged to be willing to serve the Lord wherever He would lead. I enjoy playing flute in the church orchestra at Grace Church.


BS- Music Education, Northwestern College, Orange City

MA- Music Education, University of St. Thomas

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

I love visiting my friends who live in various parts of the United States and the world.  My bucket list of travel includes seeing more of Europe.  In the meantime, I'll enjoy dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, and visit with my friends via Skype.

How long have you been teaching? 

This is my 38th year teaching full time. I have been teaching at GV/GPBS since 2002 when I returned to the United States after serving at a school for missionary kids in the Philippines for 20 years

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Since making music is one of the skills we can use to worship God,  I truly enjoy all aspects of helping young people learn the skills of music, and especially teaching beginning band students, .


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Teacher Profiles
Alicia Behrens
Kindergarten Teacher
Marci Behrens
Kindergarten Teacher
Tiffany Gladfelter
1st Grade Teacher
Julie McGovern
1st Grade Teacher
Emily McDowell
2nd Grade Teacher
Kate Hydorn
2nd Grade Teacher
Karen Eddy
3rd Grade Teacher
Christine Poole
4th Grade Teacher
Christi Ersland
5th Grade Teacher
Alisa Ryan
5th Grade Teacher
Stephanie Caples
EL/MS/HS Teacher, Art
Correne Chodakowski
Associate/Resource, Tutor
Twila Mosher
Library/ Reading Intervention
Carrie Jordan
Mark Lang
EL/MS/HS Teacher, Physical Education
Jonathan Nilius
EL/MS/HS Music, Vocal
Grace Peterson
EL/MS/HS Music, Instrumental
Sheila Miguez