As a Washington State approved school, grades 3-8 take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills each year. Composite scores for each grade level consistently stay in the top 25th percentile rangeÂ (75-99%). We contribute this to quality teaching, supportive parents, and a school board who work together to create a climate of academic excellence.
Cypress Adventist School uses a multi-age curriculum based on two or three grades per classroom. Our goal is to become a community of learners working together to make sure the individual grows.Â Students oftenÂ work in teams (largeÂ or small) on projects or assignments.
We want toÂ enable students to become lifelong learners andÂ help them to discover toolsÂ forÂ findingÂ information and answers forÂ themselves.
Each classroom attends music class twice weekly. Other opportunities to grow musically include joining the beginning hand chime or advanced hand bell choir. Also, individual lessons in piano and guitar are offered.
In today’s world, technology is constantly changing. In step with the increasing importance of computers in society, Cypress Adventist School has 30+ networked computers in the classrooms with a variety of age-appropriate software. Our technology program provides enrichment for most subjects. Students use them for research, writing and other assignments. Keyboarding skills are developed from grades 3-8. We have Wi-FiÂ on our campus this school year.
Reading & Language
In addition to the school library, Cypress Adventist School has over 125 book sets in its literature set library.Â Â Many are Newberry Award winners. This enables an entire class to read, discuss and base projects on a literature piece together.
The math program includes a strong focus on problem-solving and introduces higher math concepts into the lower grades. Students do individual practice of math facts on line.
As a Seventh-day Adventist School, we teach Bible classes within the Judeo-Christian faith framework.Â Bible stories are used for teaching character-building and life skills.Â The nine year sequence covers much of the Bible.Â School-wide chapels are held weekly with guest speakers. Students lead in musicÂ and opening exercises.
We encourage our students to respect all religions and currently have students from a variety of Christian and non-Christian faiths in our classrooms.
Service to others is an integral part of growth and learning. Service projects are planned both school-wide and within each classroom.
School-wide serviceÂ events include: a fall food drive for Northwest Harvest,Â a Thanksgiving dinner for seniors,Â assisting a Seattle organization that providesÂ Christmas giftsÂ forÂ local, needy families.Â Â Each spring weÂ choose another service activity.Â We have supported Walk for Diabetes, Jump Rope for Heart, St. Jude’s Mathathon, and the Leukemia Foundation.
Classroom serviceÂ projects include:Â adopting a child from a 3rd-world country, visiting aÂ local nursing home, making cards for the ill and elderly,Â packaging food at theÂ Northwest Harvest warehouse, and responding to local needs as they come (Os0).
Cypress has regular PE classes with a focus on health and recreation. Classes are involved in the Presidential & National Physical Fitness Award Program.
At the beginning of each school yearÂ grades 6-8 participate in aÂ three day science campÂ of environmental and nature education at the WallaÂ Walla UniversityÂ Rosario Station near Anacortes.