ALL ABOUT THE ABEKA CURRICULUM

Abeka is committed to providing the finest educational resources for Christian schools and homeschool families. Accordingly, we routinely monitor educational trends in curriculum and assessment to evaluate them in light of traditional Christian values and objectives. Our goal is to continually improve Abeka materials by providing the most up-to-date content and best practices in textbooks and curriculum.

COMMON CORE ALIGNMENT

Many Christian school educators are inquiring about the sweeping national education standards known as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While CCSS have only been written for English language arts and mathematics, they have quickly been adopted by most state departments of education, and future standardized testing appears to be aligning with them. Meanwhile, there is much controversy over the imposition of national standards, the loss of local control over education, and undesirable philosophical implications.

 

Because Abeka has historically met or exceeded recommended content standards, it is not surprising that when compared to current CCSS, the Abeka language arts and mathematics objectives were found to already meet almost all Common Core content standards.

 

However, a few differences were found. For example, in English language arts, Abeka fulfills or exceeds many of the standards at an earlier grade level than outlined in CCSS. Further, in mathematics, Abeka has chosen a different sequence of topical representation because it is more logical in presentation than what Common Core proposes.

 

Standards in education are often very useful when they inform content in an effort to ensure that subject matter is age appropriate, sequentially meaningful, and academically rigorous. Unfortunately, some of Common Core goes beyond content and moves into the realm of teaching methodology. Since many of these techniques do not align with our traditional Christian approach, we have purposefully chosen not to add them, but rather to leave it up to the school or individual to make decisions for implementation in keeping with their philosophy and principles of teaching and learning. Proven Success of Abeka The academic integrity of Abeka has been validated by the success of hundreds of thousands of students over decades. Historically, students instructed under our curriculum consistently score above national averages on standardized tests and on college entrance tests.

 

Our skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks; they do primary research in every subject and look at the subject from the traditional Christian point of view. While it is healthy to be informed by educational trends and performance data, it is not the practice of Abeka to adjust or change its curriculum to align with each new reform that is presented in academia. We will continue our commitment to seek content and best practices that provide students with the tools they need for both academic and personal success. The Abeka Difference Abeka’s proven approach to teaching helps teachers teach and students learn. It begins with our traditional philosophy of education. This teacher-directed framework empowers teachers to focus students’ attention on the material they need to learn—in a context and sequence that will help them learn it best.

 

As students begin to grasp what’s being taught, newly acquired concepts and skills are fortified time and again using a method often referred to as spiral learning. Finally, students’ growing mastery of subject matter is strengthened because of the comprehensive design of our curriculum. Material taught in one subject is reinforced in other subjects. At every step of the way, students learn, apply, and master new concepts and skills. Since education shouldn’t end with a diploma, Abeka gives students a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Proven Success of Abeka

The academic integrity of Abeka has been validated by the success of hundreds of thousands of students over decades. Historically, students instructed under our curriculum consistently score above national averages on standardized tests and on college entrance tests. Our skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks; they do primary research in every subject and look at the subject from the traditional Christian point of view.

 

While it is healthy to be informed by educational trends and performance data, it is not the practice of Abeka to adjust or change its curriculum to align with each new reform that is presented in academia. We will continue our commitment to seek content and best practices that provide students with the tools they need for both academic and personal success.

The Abeka Difference

Abeka’s proven approach to teaching helps teachers teach and students learn.

 

It begins with our traditional philosophy of education. This teacher-directed framework empowers teachers to focus students’ attention on the material they need to learn—in a context and sequence that will help them learn it best.

 

As students begin to grasp what’s being taught, newly acquired concepts and skills are fortified time and again using a method often referred to as spiral learning.

 

Finally, students’ growing mastery of subject matter is strengthened because of the comprehensive design of our curriculum. Material taught in one subject is reinforced in other subjects. At every step of the way, students learn, apply, and master new concepts and skills.

 

Since education shouldn’t end with a diploma, Abeka gives students a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Objectives & Outcomes

What will students learn with Abeka? What kind of people will they become? Leading your children or your students down the path toward academic excellence and Christian character isn’t easy, but it will always be worth it. We're here to help.

 

Our aim is for each student—either at home or in a Christian school classroom—to grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually.