About Us

Developing the whole person for the Glory of God.

We believe that it is the God-given responsibility of parents to lead their children toward a relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must ensure that their educational experience directs them toward this goal. We view education as the process by which we establish that all truth is God's truth. Our school is an extension of the Christian home enabling the parents to provide a consistent Christian environment.

What is Golden Hills Christian School is About?

Spiritual Emphasis
Spiritual Emphasis
  • Develop self-discipline and responsibility based on respect for and submission to God and all other authority
  • Character traits
  • Scripture memorization
  • Biblical principles and application
  • Develop a desire to know and obey the will of God
  • Develop a Christian worldview
Academic Emphasis
Academic Emphasis
  • Character traits
  • Bible-based curriculum
  • Phonics-based reading program
  • Grammar and Literature
  • Science and History
  • Creative writing
  • Integrated learning
  • Hands-on approach to learning
  • Math manipulatives, learning for mastery
  • Music, art, and physical education

An Average Day For a GHCS Student

Kindergarten

Drop Off
Parents may drop off their student(s) no earlier than 8:00 AM. Classroom time begins at 8:15 AM. Early arrivals (before 8:15 AM & weather permitting) gather for play in the designated playground.

 

Opening
The elementary grades, K-5, participate in a daily opening exercise (except for Wednesday, our chapel day) of worshipping together, praying together and celebrating birthdays.

 

Class
Kindergarteners attend GHCS daily from 8:15 A.M. to 1:50 P.M. where they enjoy their own play yard and restrooms. The academic program is designed to fully prepare students for success in the elementary grades. The kindergarten curriculum emphasizes a strong phonics program in addition to writing, counting, scripture memorization, music, and art. GHCS encourages students to develop positive social skills and biblical character traits which are recognized monthly during chapel.

During the year, kindergarten students enjoy a variety of special holiday activities as well as celebrations for the 100thDay of School, Dr. Seuss Day, Kite Day, Dads and Doughnuts Day, Grandparents’ Day, and the Mother’s Day Tea.

 

Lunch
GHCS kindergarten students enjoy lunchtime on the kindergarten playground, consisting of 20 minutes to eat and 20 minutes to play. Students bring their own lunches each day as GHCS does not operate a cafeteria. Accommodations are made for students with food allergies. Parents/guardians may bring a hot lunch for their student by coming to the downstairs office and signing in. They may wait for their student to come downstairs for lunch, or they may drop it off for their student to pick up later.

 

Pickup
Our dismissal times are varied to provide optimum classroom time and efficiency in the pick-up line.

  • Kindergarten…. 1:50 PM
  • 1st-3rd grades…. 2:30 PM
  • 4th-5th grades…. 2:45 PM
  • 6th -8th grades…. 2:55 PM

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1st - 5th Grade

Drop Off
Parents may drop off their student(s) no earlier than 8:00 AM. Classroom time begins at 8:15 AM.

 

Opening
The elementary grades, K-5, participate in a daily opening exercise (except for Wednesday, our chapel day) which includes the pledge to the American flag, singing worship songs and recognizing birthdays.

 

Class
GHCS elementary students engage in a rigorous academic program, designed to build upon the skills and concepts acquired in the previous year. In the core subject of language, students progress from acquiring solid reading and writing skills to implementing those skills in researching topics and writing a variety of reports. In math, students first develop basic skills mastery and later learn to apply important math concepts.

The spiritual growth of students is a primary focus of GHCS. During Bible class, elementary students learn important spiritual truths, and Scripture memorization is an integral part of the Bible program. GHCS encourages students to develop positive social skills and biblical character traits which are recognized monthly during chapel.

An exciting highlight of the elementary program is the 4thgrade study of California history which includes building a model of a California mission, and participating in an overnight trip to 49’er Camp to study the California Gold Rush.

 

Lunch
GHCS elementary students enjoy a lunch time consisting of 15 to 20 minutes to eat and 20 minutes to play. Students bring their own lunches each day as GHCS does not operate a cafeteria. Accommodations are made for students with food allergies. Parents/guardians may bring a hot lunch for their student by coming to the downstairs office and signing in. They may wait for their student to come downstairs for lunch, or they may drop it off for their student to pick up later.

 

Pickup
Our dismissal times are varied to provide optimum classroom time and efficiency in the pick-up line.

  • Kindergarten…. 1:50 PM
  • 1st-3rd grades…. 2:30 PM
  • 4th-5th grades…. 2:45 PM
  • 6th -8th grades…. 2:55 PM

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Middle School

Drop Off
Parents may drop off their student(s) no earlier than 8:00 A.M. Classroom time begins at 8:10 A.M.

 

Class
It is our desire that GHCS Middle School students are prepared and equipped to be successful in all aspects of their future high school experience, and our curriculum reflects this desire. GHCS offers a well-rounded, biblically-based middle school education with students taking classes in Bible, English, math, science, history, and physical education. In addition to these core subjects, students engage in classes to learn computer skills, fine art, life skills, and foreign language. They also may choose to participate in such activities as the ACSI Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Speech Meet, and Creative Writing Festival. The academic achievements of our middle school students are recognized in a quarterly honor roll.

GHCS Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in some exciting and educational events. Students begin the year with a much-anticipated rafting trip on the American River in Sacramento. It is a valuable time of fellowship and connecting for the students, parents, and teachers. In the spring, our 6th grade students spend an enjoyable week away at Outdoor Education, and our 8thgrade students experience an exciting and inspiring trip to Washington, D.C.

GHCS Middle School also offers challenging and enjoyable extracurricular activities. Among these are beginning and advanced band, student leadership, and a variety of sports team opportunities through our sports program.

 

Lunch
GHCS middle school students enjoy a 35-minute lunchtime (15 minutes to eat and 20 minutes to play). Students bring their own lunches each day as GHCS does not operate a cafeteria. Accommodations are made for students with food allergies. Parents/guardians may bring a hot lunch for their student by coming to the downstairs office and signing in. They may wait for their student to come downstairs for lunch, or they may drop it off for their student to pick up later.

 

Pickup
Our dismissal times are varied to provide optimum classroom time and efficiency in the pick-up line.

  • Kindergarten…. 1:50 PM
  • 1st-3rd grades…. 2:30 PM
  • 4th-5th grades…. 2:45 PM
  • 6th -8th grades…. 2:55 PM

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Our Philosophy

Golden Hills Christian School is founded on the view of God, man, and his life as presented in the Holy Bible. We believe that the chief purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. However, because of man’s sinful nature, we can only come to know and glorify God through the redemptive work of Christ and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Golden Hills Christian School will seek to develop the whole child with a Christian worldview. We affirm that God’s Word makes clear that Christian education is primarily the parents’ responsibility (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). The school functions as an extension of both the church and the home, assisting those parents who so choose, in providing a Christian education for their children.

Golden Hills Christian School subscribes to a Christian philosophy of education, which is based upon the authenticity, authority, and reliability of the Bible as the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, trust, practice, and morality. The Christian educational process must present all truth as God’s truth and must interpret and integrate it in light of God’s Word. All subjects are based on God’s truth and will be taught from a Christian perspective. Such teaching is dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of the faculty, staff, and students alike.

Golden Hills Christian School endeavors to maintain the highest academic standards. Our aim is to foster spiritual and moral growth through awareness, commitment, and choosing; intellectual growth through knowledge, insight, and understanding; and creative growth through freedom, responsibility, and action.

Expected School-Wide Learning Results

High Academic Achiever
  1. Communicates Effectively
  2. Meets or exceeds academic standards for the average student
  3. Reads with comprehension and develops a love for reading
  4. Analyzes, interprets, and evaluates significant concepts
Christ-Centered
  1. Has accepted or has been challenged to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  2. Knows and applies God’s Word
  3. Has a servant’s heart both locally and globally through missions and Christian service
  4. Has a biblical worldview
Self-Disciplined
  1. Demonstrates personal responsibility, time management, and organization
  2. Follows instructions while maintaining a high level of productivity
  3. Understands healthy habits and how to stay physically fit
  4. Views himself/herself as uniquely made in God’s image, a temple of the Holy Spirit, and treats their bodies accordingly
  5. Works Independently
Good Citizen
  1. Respects authority, is considerate, well-mannered, and self-confident
  2. Demonstrates cooperation, works well with others
  3. Accepts consequences for his/her actions
  4. Understands the worth of each person as they are uniquely created by God for His purpose
  5. Understands God’s divine sovereignty throughout history and appreciates our country’s Christian heritage
  6. Desires to live a life pleasing to God and seeks to positively influence their community

Parent Testimonials

"The love and wisdom that have been poured upon our children has far exceeded any expectation of ours." -The King Family

"We have been impressed with GHCS from Day 1. All the teachers pour love, energy, commitment, and tutelage into the students, and witnessing it at times has brought me to tears." -The Baebler Family

"We absolutely love GHCS. We appreciate the hard work, transparent love, and care that the teachers and staff pour into all the kids. The only regret we have was not looking into GHCS sooner."-The Cottonham Family

"With a year full of challenges, Golden Hills has been our strength, our hope, and our path to keep our girls academically and spiritually strong. The staff is committed to the overall well-being of students and their families offering guidance, love, and prayer each day." -The Jimenez Family

"As a parent, you pray and hope that your child is listened to, encouraged, and believed. I feel like the teachers and staff go above and beyond to make sure every child is accepted and loved on."-The Riccomini Family

"When I leave my kids in class, I know they are taught the same values and beliefs as I teach them from the Bible at home. I know, no matter what questions they ask the teachers or what lessons the teachers are teaching, they will get a God-centered answer, whether it be regarding curriculum or life in general. I have seen these gentle, humble, God-centered, loving, patient, joyful, hard-working teachers in action time and time again with these character traits, and I can testify to that."-The Beckwith Family

"We find the administration very organized, easy to communicate with, dedicated, and very attentive to all the students. Our children love the learning environment, the teachers, and their friends, and for us parents, we've met some amazing families."-The Buford Family

"The curriculum is God-centered, academically challenging, and it cultivates both good disciplines as well as a sense of achievement for the students. The staff truly loves God, and that shines through in everything that they do."-The Anderson Family