Elementary

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”

Alicia Behrens
Kindergarten Teacher

Name: 

Alicia Behrens

Your position:

Kindergarten Teacher

Testimony of salvation: 

I grew up in a loving Christian home, attended Grandview Park Church and School, and came to know the Lord as my personal Savior and leader of my life when I was in high school. I had heard the Bible stories and knew the Truth, but hadn't accepted Jesus' gift until I admitted I needed the Lord's forgiveness and made it my personal decision. I'm thankful for my family and teachers and the culture that pointed me to Christ. The Lord has blessed my life journey and continues to teach and lead me! Proverbs 3:5-6

Church: 

I just moved back to the Des Moines area so I'm transitioning into a church home soon.

College: 

BS - Elementary Education, Baptist Bible College

MS - Reading Specialist, Shenandoah University

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

I enjoy baking, hiking, traveling-especially to visit my nieces and nephew in Michigan. I also enjoy volunteering and going on mission trips with my church, and spending time with friends.

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

2018 is my first year teaching here at Grand View Christian! Previously, I taught for 11 years at Christian elementary schools in Northern Virginia.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Teaching brings a variety of blessings, but mostly I enjoy reading to students. Some days I hear students say, "This is my favorite day of school!" and that really makes my heart smile.

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