Message from the Director
My name is Deb DeBisschop and I am the Director of the Lower School. I am passionate about honoring the Lord, caring for my family and helping children feel valued and successful in a Christian school setting. I love the fact that our students are receiving an excellent education from the perspective of a Christian worldview. When the Lord is infused into the curriculum and allowed to be part of a child's day, he or she begins to grow and change in remarkable ways!
I am pleased to share with you the outstanding program we provide at The Master's School. The Lower School serves children in early kindergarten through fifth grade. We provide an excellent academic program that is challenging, developmentally appropriate and tied to state and national standards. However, our program offers much more than a turn-the-page curriculum. We strive to make our curriculum come alive through many authentic and engaging activities. We encourage students to be inquisitive and "think" outside the box. We believe that "how" children learn is as important as "what" they learn. We know that the process of learning is vital to developing critical thinkers and problem solvers.
I am blessed to work with a very talented and dedicated group of people who love the Lord and excel at their jobs. The teachers at The Master's School are committed and supportive educators who continually search for ways to uncover God's unique design in each child. We realize that God has created us in many different ways and has given all of us special talents and gifts. We are individuals! The teachers at The Master's School differentiate the curriculum and adapt their teaching to meet each child's learning style.
The Lower School is home to an Interactive Science and Technology lab. The ISaT lab offers students a plethora of hands-on experiences which include robotics, digital cameras, SMART Board activities and other new technologies. Our comprehensive math program utilizes manipulatives like Digi-Blocks throughout all grade levels and is supported by a dedicated math specialist. We adhere to a balanced approach to teaching reading and writing and incorporate a Guided Reading series, literature circles, Jr.Great Books and the Write Traits writing program. Students are introduced to foreign languages during their Lower School tenure. The Lower School rounds out its curriculum with an exceptional fine arts program.
It brings me great JOY to see children thrive at The Master's School. I believe that children should love to learn and be given many opportunities to feel successful. For this reason, it is our desire to create a wonderful experience for each child who walks through our doors.
Lower School Educational Philosophy
- To establish a foundation of strong academic and social skills which students can utilize and apply with competency
- To nurture a positive sense of self-worth and a healthy respect for others
- To foster a love for learning in an environment which supports each child and allows them to thrive, grow and be risk takers
- To maximize students' critical thinking skills and promote problem solving
- To create an environment in which the process of learning is as valuable as its output
- To create an atmosphere in which children come to discover and experience God and express His love