Curriculum Information

We use an academic, faith based curriculum which teaches by learning units.  Units are developed around themes that provide opportunities for children to learn about God’s world and how to live in it.  The themes are designed to help lay a foundation for understanding God, Jesus, the Bible, the church, self, community and world, and creation.  Physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual developments are enhanced.

Each unit provides guidance and activities appropriate to the child’s stage of development that provide fine and gross motor skills, language, reading (and pre-reading), writing (and pre-writing), and math (with number recognition and counting) skills along with phonological awareness.

FAQ  & General Information

What are the hours?
  • All of our preschool classes meet 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM daily.
  • Car-line drop off begins at 8:15 AM and pickup runs from 12:30 to 12:45 PM.
Do you provide snacks/lunches?
  • Our children eat a parent provided snack and lunch during school. Students eat as a class in their classroom.
Will my child have bathroom assistance?
  • ALL 3 and 4 Year old students must be fully able to use the toilet on their own prior to the first day of school.  Students will have multiple opportunities to use the bathroom as a class throughout the day, and are allowed to go individually at any time that they ask.  Teachers will assist children as needed (pull-ups may be worn if needed to prevent accidents, but no diapers allowed for these classes). Our 2 Year old class is not required to be able to use the toilet; however teachers will be working toward potty-training as parents begin working with their child at home (diapers allowed in the 2 year old class only).
What is the student to teacher ratio?
  • Our classroom ratio varies by age. In the 2’s it is 1 teacher to 7 students; in the 3’s it is 1 teacher to 10 students and 4’s Pre-K and Young Fives it is 1 teacher to 12 students.  We have one dedicated teacher per classroom and one floater available to assist teachers as needed.
Do you have curriculum/objectives that you follow?
  • We have an academic and faith based curriculum for each class.  You will be given a list of our age specific objectives at Open House in the fall and then we do both mid-year and end-of-year assessments on each student for your review to measure your individual child’s progress against those objectives.
What do the fees cover?
  • A $155 registration fee is required upon enrollment for all new students.  This covers some of their initial classroom supplies and preparation as well as their school bag. Activities fees are a one time annual fee that covers all activities in the school year including on-site “field trips”, special holiday crafts/projects, special school events, etc.
Who governs your program?
  • We are a ministry of Freedom Tabernacle church and are governed as such.  We are also registered with Bright from the Start which is a State of Georgia agency that governs all childcare education facilities both public and private.  You do not have to be a church member to attend our preschool. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Goals and Objectives

At Grace Academy our goal is to reach and teach each child on their individual social and learning level.  We hope to represent the light and love of Jesus to each child and their family while working toward developing the child’s self confidence and independence while fostering a positive association with learning.  Our program and curriculum materials are emphasized around the knowledge that all children learn and comprehend differently and the “five senses” approach is used to effectively teach each child as well as to allow the staff to embrace each child as a unique creation.

Age Specific Objectives

2 Year Olds
At the end of the preschool year the child should be able to:
  • Play with toys properly
  • Know basic shapes and colors
  • Count to 10 with the class
  • Know the alphabet song from memory
  • Follow simple one-step directions
  • Be able to follow a schedule/routine and transition smoothly
  • Walk in a line with the class down the hallway
  • Self feed in a group of peers and follow basic table manners

3 Year Olds
At the end of the preschool year the child should be able to:
  • Hold a pencil and scissors properly
  • Say ABC’s by memory
  • Count to 20
  • Recognize their name in a group of names
  • Perform basic cutting and gluing
  • Have a basic understanding of calendar, seasons, weather, etc.
  • Know how to play and share with others
  • Memorize simple songs or nursery rhymes
  • Copy first name from a sample
  • Complete a simple puzzle with ease
  • Sort and stack with ease
4 Year Olds
At the end of the preschool year the child should be able to:
  • Write name with ease
  • Cut and glue with ease
  • Recite days of the week and months of the year
  • Recognize and write all letters, upper and lowercase
  • Know letters by sight and sound
  • Count to 30 and recognizes 1-10 out of sequence
  • Matches and recognizes patterns
  • Writes 1-10 from sample
  • Knows how to rhyme words
  • Knows left from right
  • Knows family members’ names
  • Knows basic body parts
  • Beginning to color within the lines

Registration Form

Registration Begins January 16th

Contact Information

Kerry Bennett, Director

2160 Freedom Parkway
Cumming, GA 30041