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Sweethaven Christian Academy

5000 West Norfolk Road
Portsmouth, VA 23703

(757) 484-4082


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Sweethaven Christian Academy is dedicated to the philosophy that Christian education is the only true education. This view holds that God is central and that everything else exists in relation to Him. The Bible says that the "fear of God" is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom. Therefore, any valid education must have this "reverence of God" as its starting point and "doing the will of God" as its goal.

It is our conviction that a Christian school should provide both an environment and a curriculum conducive to effective learning. Therefore, we believe quality education includes building strong spiritual character, patriotism, and discipline.

The basic objectives for which we strive are:
To provide sound academic training integrated with a Christian view of God and the world.
To uphold the Bible as specific in stating the principles which underlie Christian education.
To instill a solid belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
To build personal character.
To develop citizenship.
To retain good health and related habits.
To lay the foundation for a vocation.
To impart fundamental skills.
To maintain high academic standards.
To teach enduring patriotism.
To achieve discipline.
To maintain high moral standards."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"3 Year Old Kindergarten
Learn the alphabet
Learn colors
Learn short vowels and consonant sounds
Enjoy nursery rhymes, art, and singing
Learn to count
Enjoy Bible stories and games
Learn basic science
Receive practical training in manners, health and safety
Enjoy friends, playtime, lunch, and nap time

4 Year Old Kindergarten
Learn basic phonics including consonant and vowel sounds, blends, and one/two vowel words
Establish proper routines and classroom habits
Enjoy monthly units in art, music, poetry, nursery rhymes, and show and tell
Learn number concepts from 1-20, basic science, safety, and health
Learn to read from their own little readers in a reading circle.
When a book is completed they may take it home to read to Mom and Dad
Enjoy Bible stories and chapel
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up