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The focus of the reading and language arts programs is word attack skills, vocabulary development, decoding skills, critical and inferential reading skills, the writing process and public speaking. Literature based basal readers are used through grade 5. Literature anthologies are utilized in grades 6, 7 and 8. Trade books supplement the reading program on all levels. Phonics texts, vocabulary texts, and spelling texts reinforce the skills being learned throughout the program.

The writing process is developed through the primary grades. Writing portfolios are maintained in grades 1 through 8 to assess growth and identify strengths and weaknesses.

Opportunities for the development of public speaking skills are provided at all grade levels through special programs, prayer services and performances. A Forensics Club available for students in grades 5 through 8 further enhances public speaking skills.