Elmwood’s Distinctives

On the surface, most schools look alike—buildings, personnel, curriculum, and budgets. Elmwood Baptist Academy and our approach to learning is different. For over 40 years, we hav been at the forefront in Biblical educational reform. Our philosophy is built on basic principles of the Word of God. Students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to walk in Godly wisdom and character. We use a comprehensive Bible-based program that serves our students and community very well.

Biblically Based Program Infused with Godly Character

Our purpose in providing a solid biblical education goes beyond simply helping students learn the academics required to enter college or get a good job. We desire to build in students a life-long burning passion to learn and grow spiritually. It is one thing to want children to be successful and quite another to provide the academic and character training to ensure this accomplishment.

Character Development

Godly character training is part of the learning experience, and it prepares students to welcome and accept challenges and future opportunities. Sixty character traits, such as kindness, loyalty, and honesty, are taught within the curriculum. Students can observe character development in the true-to-life character strips and then apply the Godly character lessons to their own lives.

Scriptural Foundation

Challenging and highly effective, our program is an extraordinary educational approach, Biblical in its core, that prepares students for tomorrow’s world while giving them traditional moral values that will last a lifetime.

The curriculum conveys Biblical values and concepts considered foundational to meaningful interpersonal relationships and productive learning in such a way as to become life-shaping influences.

We have adopted a unique program for this time in history. We are building Godly citizens and Christian leaders of tomorrow. Elmwood is your servant to meet the educational needs of today, with the traditional values of yesterday, and the technology of tomorrow.

With Elmwood’s concept of individualized, mastery-based learning, students don’t just get by—they get ahead! To God be the glory!

Mastery-Based Education

Individualization helps produce academic excellence. Students using our program continue to demonstrate above-average achievement. One reason is that they take responsibility for their own learning. Additionally, they receive character training in Biblical principles. Moreover, students using our program go on to higher education and into ministry and professional pursuits with confidence and a superb educational background.

Three Levels of Learning

Our staff wants children to be successful. But, more than this, we provide the tools for training children so they can have the opportunity to be productive. The life of each child is too precious to be left to chance. Consequently, Our program will equip children so they will know how to think, act, and live.

Our individualized, mastery-based program introduces children to concrete and abstract reasoning skills at appropriate age levels in conjunction with maturation stages. This Christian curriculum is structured to include all three levels of the learning process: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.


Before adolescence, children focus on each new concept from a mastery viewpoint—line upon line, precept upon precept; focus is on the who, what, where, and when of information. Educators refer to this information as the knowledge dimension. However, there is development from this stage of learning to cognitive learning.


With adolescence, students concentrate on concepts that expand to the abstract or cognitive level; the focus is on why and how. This is referred to as the understanding dimension of life. Students learn not only facts (knowledge) but also how those facts relate to culture, science, and history (understanding).


Another, and perhaps the chief distinctive is its focus on wisdom. Most curriculum publishers focus on knowledge (facts and information), and some publishers include understanding (relationship of information). Our program is distinctive in its inclusion of wisdom as a deliberate aspect of the learning process.

The special combination of academics and methodology, based on physiological development patterns and Biblical principles, provides mastery learning, critical analysis, conceptualization, cognitive reasoning, and life from God’s perspective.