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”

Julie McGovern
1st Grade Teacher


Julie McGovern

Your position:

1st Grade Teacher

Testimony of salvation:

My family attended a neighborhood church. While attending VBS the summer I was 8yrs old, I understood and accepted my need for Jesus as my personal savior. Growing in my understanding of following Him, I was baptized when 10yrs old. God has blessed me with Christian friends and mentors throughout my life. Spending time in His Word draws me closer to Him and equips me for His calling in my life. 


Grace Life Church


BS- Early Childhood Education (K-6), University of Maryland

MA- Reading Specialist, Loyola College


5-8 Middle School Generalist Endorsement

Additional Training: 

Reading Intervention


My husband, Chris, and I met while attending Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary this August. God has blessed us with two children, Moira (9th) and Ian (6th). We also have a dog named Dash. 

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

 I drink way too much coffee. I love to read. My favorite snack (especially when grading papers) is Good & Plenty candy. A few of my favorite artists are Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Jamie Grace and Mercy Me. 

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

This will be my 21st year of teaching; and 9th year of teaching 1st grade. This is my 2nd year of teaching at GVCS. 

What brought you to GV or why did you decide to work here?

The Lord used a few friends to bring me to Grand View. I have always heard good things about the school but had to wait for a position to open. 

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite part of teaching is when a student has that “aha” moment, and I get to see a lot of those in first grade. 

What is something that would surprise us about you?

I grew up in Maryland, the oldest of four. I have lived in four states; with one on each coast.


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