Our K2-K3 students enjoy a half day of school and have the opportunity to lay a strong foundation in many different areas--academically, socially, and, most importantly, spiritually. We believe that training begins at home, and we want to simply add to what is being accomplished there. Together with you, we hope to train students to love Jesus, to put forth their best efforts, to accomplish more than they think they are able, and to open their eyes to the world around them.
In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, K2-K3 students have the opportunity to participate in chapel, music, art, daily recess, and special days.
Beginning with our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, PBA uses the nationally recognized A Beka curriculum.
Bible time includes the pledges to the flags and the Bible, a patriotic song, hymns and choruses, memory verses, prayer time, and the Bible lesson. The Bible curriculum covers Old and New Testament stories and is pictured in Bible flashcards. Although biblical truths and character traits are interwoven in each subject taught and each lesson learned, Bible time is specifically designed to teach students to form a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
B. Language Development
During the course of the year, Language Development centers on the subject of Learning about Godís World. It also has several goals for the teacher and students. To name a few: to see evidence of an adjustment to the children leaving the parents; to have the children respond to, respect, and obey the teacher; to evaluate the routines and habits that need to be practiced; to be aware of each childís attentiveness and participation. Language Development teaches about colors, shapes, animals, school, the community, etc.
C. Phonics/Letters and Sounds
In order to fully aid a child in his reading and writing skills, it is imperative that phonics, letters, and sounds be taught at the earliest age possible. In this subject, the child learns the name, sound, formation, and a picture of each letter of the alphabet.
Numbers teaches recognition of new numbers as well as matching, tracing, and listening skills. The students learn to count 1-30 and recognize numbers 1-15.
E. Skills Development
Music, poetry, and finger plays are a valuable part of the preschool curriculum. Fun songs go along with the themes being taught. Children are given the opportunity to participate in art and other activities designed to strengthen the development of newfound skills.
Building on the groundwork laid in K3 and at home, K4 strengthens those same ideas and opens even more doors academically for the students. Having learned all of the letters and sounds, students begin reading in K4.
In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, K4 students have the opportunity to participate in chapel, music, art, daily recess, and special days.
Beginning with our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, PBA uses the nationally recognized A Beka curriculum.
Bible time, as shown through the A Beka curriculum, provides a successful method for presenting the Bible through the telling of the stories of the Old and New Testaments. Bible time includes the pledges to the flags and the Bible, singing, memory verses, prayer time, and the Bible lesson.
By using the simple, logical phonics system, children in K-4 begin to read by mastering the vowels and consonants and their sounds through enjoyable classroom teaching. Students learn to read short words, moving towards simple sentences and stories.
Following a semester of introductory phonics, students in K-4 begin to read by blending letters and sounds. Divided into multiple reading groups, the students learn to read at a comfortable and yet challenging pace, preparing them for more advanced phonics and reading in K-5. They are required to build oral reading skills, such as accuracy, expression, and smoothness.
By establishing a strong base in arithmetic at an early age, students begin preparing for a lifetime of numbers and mathematic concepts. In K-4, children learn to recognize and under-stand the concepts of numbers. By the end of the year, they will be able to count from 1 to 100, recognize numbers 1 to 20, distinguish before and after numbers, and answer simple combinations. Review sheets and practice pages strengthen concepts taught and reinforce materials learned.
K-4 lays the foundation for learning the basic writing strokes. Students learn to print each letter of the alphabet, establishing a strong basis for penmanship in academic years to come.
Seatwork, beginning in the second semester, requires the students to work quietly by themselves. It also strengthens concepts taught in penmanship, phonics, and numbers activities.
G. Activity Time
Activity time involves a number of fun activities, including Show and Tell, telling time, music, poetry, finger plays, nursery rhymes, and art.
H. Language Development
By utilizing interesting material about animals, people, and places, Language Development encourages the children to think and also strengthens their vocabulary and language skills. The studentís motor skills are finely tuned as they participate in class activities and games.
I. Skills Development
Skills Development time is fun time set aside to strengthen listening, fine motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, visual perception, and writing skills.
Building on the groundwork laid in Pre-K, K5 strengthens those same ideas and opens even more doors academically for the students. While they develop mentally, social skills are learned, and spiritual lessons are taught. Believing that a child's heart is precious to God, the goal is to reach the heart of the child with the wonderful story of Jesus, while at the same time pursuing a mindset of academic merit that will prepare him for his grade school years.
In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, K5 students have the opportunity to participate in chapel, music, art, daily recess, and special days.
PBA uses the nationally recognized A Beka curriculum. A brief overview of the curriculum is outlined below.
Students learn more about God as the A Beka curriculum leads the students through a study of Old and New Testament characters and stories. Pledges, singing, memory verses, and much more are covered each day in Bible time. Beginning in K-5, students are tested over Bible verses.
In K-5, phonics builds on the foundation laid in previous years and introduces new rules and new ideas, broadening the studentsí vocabulary and reading material.
K-5 students participate in reading circles, giving each student the opportunity to read aloud and read along with the teacher and classmates. Students begin memorizing special sounds, increasing their reading speed and smoothness.
Students learn to count and recognize numbers 1 through 100 and begin to cover basic addition and subtraction concepts. They also learn to tell time and count money.
In a program relative to their phonics activities, students begin learning cursive writing. Beginning with writing letters, they conclude the year by writing blends, words, and sentences, all while strengthening the manuscript writing learned in K-4.
F. Skills Development/Language Enrichment
Building visual perception skills, motor coordination, and listening/thinking skills, students participate in a plethora of activities, ranging from music and art to finger plays and word analogies.
Kindergarten students have occasions all year long to celebrate, but the 100th Day of School is a huge celebration. Kindergarten students wear special hats and enjoy a special breakfast of sausage links and pancakes that spell out "100" on the plate.
Red, White, and Blue Day
With a break from their regular uniforms, students deck out in red, white, and blue colors to celebrate America. Streamers, games, snacks, and emphasis all work together for a fun patriotic celebration.
Show and Tell
For decades "Show and Tell" has been a childhood favorite. After all, what child doesn't like to show his friends something he brought from home that also has a story with it! Even the most shy children love participating in Show and Tell.
Some of students' fondest memories come from Field Day. It is a day outdoors, on the football and baseball fields, playing big ball, slipping and sliding on tarps,participating in relay races and other games, and eating ice cream. So many memories are made and photos snapped at this special activity.
Every once in a while it's nice to get off campus for fun times with friends. Kindergarten students love field trips as much as the older students. Trips to the Pumpkin Patch, Southern Belle Farms, Woody's Jump and Play, and the park are just a few favorite spots.
Elementary students look forward to providing great pre-show entertainment for families and friends prior to the annual Christmas play. Individuals and groups perform through recitations, songs, instruments, and more.
Classes enjoy four theme parties each year, two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. Each party is complete with a load of good food, fun games and activities, and special treats. Teachers "go all out" to insure a great time--rearranging the desks, even "wrapping" the tops of desks in Christmas paper--and the atmosphere is electric.
Nothing says fun like spirit week in the kindergarten. Each day is designated to build excitement throughout the week in anticipation of the homecoming football game. Spirit chains are sold, and students are allowed to dress in different costumes and attire each day. Some of the favorite dress-ups are duo day, western day, backward day, tacky day, and spirit day.
Located close to I-75, our 117-acre campus is located on Mill Road between Exits 218 and 221 on the south side of Atlanta, approximately 25 minutes from downtown.
From I-75S, take Exit 221, bear right, and turn left at the first red light, which is Mill Road. Once you pass through the four-way stop, the academy is located approximately one mile on the right.
From I-75N, take Exit 218, turn left to cross over the interstate, then turn right onto Hwy 81 (also called Hampton-McDonough Road; Race Trac is on the corner). Approximately two miles on the right, turn right onto Mill Road. The academy is located 1/4 mile on the left.
As a cut-through between the two exits, Peoples Baptist Academy is easily accessible and highly visible.
Check out our video to see firsthand the sprawling campus we call home; or better yet, come to see us and
As a ministry of Peoples Baptist Church, whose long-time motto has been "where families are important and friendliness makes the difference," we enthusiastically minister to people of all ages. Opportunities for learning and growing abound--mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Our academics are some of the strongest in the state, with PBA students placing in academic testing competitions each year. SAT and ACT prep is a priority and two days per week are allocated for concentrated study for college entrance exams. Students have been granted as much as $250,000 in scholarships, and annually we receive reports of students who have been able to exempt freshman English and math because of their high scores.
A full sports program allows both guys and girls to enjoy the sport of their choice. Football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, and cheering insure that an exciting sports program is enjoyed throughout the school year, with Peoples Baptist Academy playing host to many of the state-wide tournaments.
Emotionally and spiritually, our students enjoy a Bible-based curriculum, weekly chapels, varied opportunities to
serve, the love and support of teachers and coaches, and a chance to learn and grow with some of the best and
As a school, we believe that we should teach students not only how to make a living but also how to live. Knowing that we will all stand before God one day, it is our desire to equip students for this world and even better prepare them for the next. Offering a well-rounded education in an atmosphere conducive to learning, we deliver college-prep academics, an impressive fine arts program, and a competitive sports program, all within a godly environment with a biblical worldview.
We feel that what we do here on earth matters on all levels, and we take it seriously. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing young people with all the tools they will need to make it in this world and to make an impact on this world. We have produced and continue to produce Christian young people who are outstanding citizens and who are making
Copyright 2017, Peoples Baptist Academy | McDonough, GA