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Educational Philosophy

The Swakopmund Christian Academy (SCA) is an English medium school registered with the Namibian Ministry of Education providing an environment of learning, from a Christian world view. We acknowledge our dependence on God and strive to give Him all the glory due His Name, just as our mission states, By His Power, for His Glory.

In all its levels, programs, and teaching, SCA seeks to:

  1. Teach all subjects as part of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

  2. Provide a clear model of Biblical Christian Life through our staff and School Council (Matthew 22: 37-40)

  3. Encourage every child to begin and develop his/her relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ
    (Matthew 28: 18-20, Matthew 19: 13-15)

In all levels, programs, and teaching, SCA seeks to:

  1. Emphasize grammar, logic and rhetoric in all subjects (see definitions below)

  2. Encourage every student to develop a love for learning and live up to his/her potential.

  3. Provide an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attainment of the above goals.


Definitions:

Grammar - The fundamental rules of reach subject.
Logic - The ordered relationship of particulars in each subject.
Rhetoric How the grammar and logic of each subject may be clearly expressed. 


School Phases

  1. Pre-Primary consists of three stages starting at the age of about three and ending in the year the child turns six provided they test school ready.

  2. Lower Primary consists of grades 1 to 4. (class teaching)

  3. Senior Primary consists of grades 5 to 7. (Subject teaching) (official external grade 7 exam provides tool for promotion to  High School)

  4. Junior Secondary School consists of grade 8 to 10 (grade 10 external exams provide tool for promotion to next level.

  5. Senior Secondary School consists of grades 11 to 12


Curriculum and Syllabi

The Curriculum outline is provided by the Namibian Ministry of Education. This we follow together with the corresponding syllabi for each subject. Teachers do additional work to extend the students beyond the requirements of the syllabi. The materials (programs) used to teach the syllabi and their origin are listed as follows:  These materials are used only suplementary.

  1. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) also known as Purposeful Design (Canada)

  2. Accelerated Christian Education (USA)

  3. Kumon Mathematics (Japan)

  4. Shurley English (USA)

  5. Locally produced texts (Namibia)


Academic Assessment

Assessment follows a continuous assessment model and also provides for term tests, annual examinations (grade 6 and up) and National Examinations provided the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment (DNEA). National Achievement Tests for grade 5 and 7 are also administered. Promotion to higher grades is dependent on the successful completion of all requirements of the Curriculum. Preparations to register with Cambridge International are underway.


Core Promotional Subjects

Primary Phase: English 1st Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Afrikaans 2nd Language, Bible, Computer Studies.

Secondary Phase: English 1st Language, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, History, Geography, Afrikaans 2nd Language, Business Management, Computer Studies. Special arrangements must be made to offer other commercial subjects at this stage.

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