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K5 Elementary

Southwestern Christian Elementary School (SWCS) consists of Kindergarten through fifth grade. 

Distinctly Christian Instruction

SWCS teaches Bible as a regular course in the school day.
The ABeka Bible curriculum is used in grades K-3, focusing on God’s love and offer of salvation.

  • Kindergarten through grade 2: Visualized Bible stories, songs, and memory verses
  • Grade 3: Parables, the Old Testament, Paul's journeys

 Grades 4 and 5 use BJU Press Bible for a more in-depth study of God’s Word.

Grades 4 and 5 > Bible Truths — God and His People

Language Arts

Our language arts program is inclusive of English language grammar, reading, writing, handwriting, listening, speaking and literature. 

Kindergarten > ABeka Reading and Language Series, as well as the D'nealian penmanship and creative writing program. Kindergarteners may also be given the opportunity to participate in Accelerated Reader once they have shown themselves to be a proficient and independent readers.

Grade 1 > ABeka Reading and Language Series, Phonics and Spelling, and Accelerated Reader 

Grades 2-5 > BJU Press Literature, grammar, and writing series. Also Accelerated Reader


Students are taught the concepts of numbers, math computation, and math applications.  Kindergarten through third grade use ABeka Mathematics Series.  Grades 4-8 use the Saxon Math series.

Social Sciences

Southwestern Christian School takes an integrated studies approach to the social sciences curriculum combining the subjects of history ( both world and United States ), geography, government / political science, economics, anthropology, and sociology. Through the use of ABeka, BJU Press, and interactive notebook for social science instruction, the students are introduced to these social science studies from a Christian perspective.


Southwestern Christian School also takes an integrated approach to the sciences curriculum combining the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and astronomy. Through the use of ABeka and BJU Press the students are introduced to these science studies from a Christian perspective.

Physical Education

Physical fitness skills and personal social skills are taught weekly in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  A wide variety of age appropriate team and individual activities are taught.


Grades K-5 participate in year round formal art instruction.  They gain knowledge on artists, technique, and produce original creations.


Students in Grades 1-8 are scheduled twice weekly with our computer instructor who works to develop students knowledge and understanding of the computer, its usage, and proper operation.  In addition, students gain skills in keyboarding, use of Microsoft's Windows operating system, browsers, and application programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. Emphasis is also placed on internet safety.  

Each classroom has a set of Chromebooks for student use.  These computers are primarily used for Renaissance Learning, research, and web based assessments. 

Special Programs 

Not limited to, but including > Weekly Chapel, Band, Orchestra, Intramural sports, Cooperative and Discovery Learning, Life Skills, Guest Speakers, Science Day, Talent Show, Track & Field, Thanksgiving Program, Outreach (Crossroads Mission, Yuma Community Food Bank, Tumaini Child Sponsorship in Africa, Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes), and the Yuma County Spelling Bee

Field Trips  

Not limited to, but including > State Capitol, Music Museum, Quartermaster Depot, Yuma Territorial Prison, Century House Museum, Ballet (Nutcracker, Ballet de Suess, Hansel & Gretel); Yuma Fire Department, AZ Science Center, Pumpkin Patch, American Heritage Festival, Pioneer Museum, Farm Smart, Body Walk, Hohokam Ruins, Wetlands Tour

** Students requiring specialized instruction may be referred to Yuma School District One Exceptional Student Services.