Curriculum

Required Activites

Breadcrumbs

Enlightium Academy is proud to offer students the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and competitive events.

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, students in grades 1-12 are required to participate in an Enlightium Academy social event; the events available are broken down by grade level below. Participation in a student activity may be waived per written counselor permission.

Initial involvement in each student activity has no fees or additional costs. Some student activities, such as the Spelling Bee and the Speech Meet, have multiple rounds. In these cases, participation in early rounds would be required and have no costs, while participation in later rounds would be optional and the family may incur costs such as travel and lodging.

ACSI Math Olympics

Enlightium Academy is partnering with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) to provide students in grades 3–8 who have been recognized as top performers in mathematical computation and reasoning the opportunity to compete with their peers from around the nation. EA participants are nominated by their math teacher based on performance during the first semester. Nominated students will join a remote session with an EA math teacher during the first week of March and test their abilities in either Computation or Mathematical Reasoning.

The dates of the 2018–19 school year Math Olympics have yet to be determined. Students who are nominated will be contacted during the school year.

Step 1: Join the Q&A

Ms. Mittler will explain the Math Olympics process and answer any questions student or parents have. All students in the grades 3–8 are welcome to participate in the practice sessions before deciding if they would like to join the actual Math Olympics. Parents can email Ms. Mittler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to participate in the practice sessions (please include student's name and grade).

The Q&A will be on October 29th at 3:00 pm PT/6:00 pm ET.

Step 2: Practice Sessions

There two practice sessions prior to tryouts. Topics for the sessions include Computation and Mathematical Reasoning. Each practice sessions will be 30–45 minutes long. During the final session, students will decide if they would like to participate in the Computation or Mathematical Reasoning competition.

Students will be broken into three groups for the practice sessions:

  • Grades 3–4
  • Grades 5–6
  • Grades 7–8

The practice sessions will be led by a teacher and will discuss how the Math Olympics will be taken, practice their skills and prepare for the tryouts.

Step 3: Study

Participants are encouraged to study for the test. Each student will test in either Computation or Mathematical Reasoning, based on the teacher recommendation and as outlined in the email invitation. Practice problems will be emailed to the participants a couple weeks before the tryouts.

Step 4: Tryouts

Parents will be emailed an online tryout test. The top five scores in each grade level for both the Computation and Mathematical Reasoning will determine which students participate in the Math Olympics.

Step 5: Practice Days

Each grade will have 30-minute practice times with a teacher every other week in January and February. Students and parents will be notified of times and days via email.

Step 6: Math Olympics

Math Olympics will occur during the first week of March. All ten students from each grade will be assigned a teacher who will administer the test. Participants will be notified via email of the exact day and time of the test at least two weeks prior.

Student Requirements

Each student will be required to have:

  • An adult present. It will be the adult's responsibility to ensure that the student is not using a calculator, phone or any outside help.
  • A webcam. The testing teacher will need to monitor the student as well, as ACSI requires two adults to be monitoring the student while he/she is taking the test.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • A method to turn in the solutions. This can be done either by a scanner or simply by taking a picture with your phone. After the test, the solutions must be emailed to the testing teacher.
What Happens Next?

After the tests have been administered, teachers will score each student’s work and identify the top six performers (three students each for Computation and Mathematical Reasoning) from each participating grade. Those students’ tests will be sent to ACSI and will represent Enlightium Academy in the Math Olympics by Mail.

All participating students will receive a certificate of recognition from Enlightium Academy. Those students chosen to compete through ACSI will be recognized and will receive a certificate of participation from ACSI.

ACSI Speech Meet

Enlightium Academy, in partnership with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), provides students with the opportunity to compete in a speech meet with other EA students, as well as students from other schools. The ACSI Speech Meet seeks to teach students skills in speech, which includes not just what we say but how we say it.

Remote Event

Round 1: Video Submission

Eligible Participants: Any student in grades 1–6 can participate.

Entry Details: Students will submit video speeches during the first round. Enlightium teachers and staff will judge these entries to identify the top performers in each category and grade. Top performers from Round 1 will receive a certificate and an invite to compete on behalf of Enlightium Academy at the ACSI Speech Meet.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, December 23, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT

Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 20, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT

Cost: Free

On-site Event

Round 2: Speech Meet

Eligible Participants: The top 2 participants in each category from Round 1 for each grade level. In the event that a participant will not be able to attend, the runner-up will receive the invitation.

Cost: Free; families will need to need to pay for travel, lodging, and food for their student and attendees

Location: Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem, NC

Event Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Contact Information

Round 1 Information
Email Ms. Bunker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Round 2 Information
Email Mr. Lambert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Technical Issues
Call (866) 488-4818 // option 7

Important Details
  • Participants will receive an email prior to the event with a meeting location and Mr. Lambert’s contact information
  • All students must be accompanied by an adult for the event
Registration Steps
  1. Ensure you read and comprehend all the information on this page
  2. Submit the 2018–2019 EA Speech Meet Registration Form by the registration deadline: Sunday, December 23, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT
  3. Review the resources and regulations section
  4. Email the completed video to Mr. Lambert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the submission deadline: Sunday, January 20, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT

Basic Instructions & Category Options

Students must begin their speech by citing the reference material. Students should make their presentation come alive through facial and vocal expressions. Some gestures and body movements may be appropriate to enhance the presentation but are not required. When used, gestures and body movements should be for emphasis, not to draw “word pictures” with the hands or to act out a scene. Gestures should not be overdone—the face and voice should tell the story. The speech should be a natural interpretive presentation, with no excessive exaggeration (see Section A of Judge’s Evaluation form). Note: Body movement refers to shrugging shoulders, etc.; students do not walk about during the presentation.

Students may choose between various categories and topics, including: poetry, bible memorization, fable and folklore, patriotic oration, or dramatic bible prose.

Bible Memorization (Grades 1–6)

The student begins with a brief introduction that includes stating the Scripture reference and the Bible version. No other introduction is required. The student will then recite the Scripture, following it with a concluding explanation (in his or her own words) of one or two sentences. As the student prepares, adult help may be necessary to explain the passage, but the student must express the meaning in his or her own words, not those of the adult. Facial and vocal expressions and good speech techniques should be evident. Gestures are not required, and only minimal natural speaking gestures are appropriate. The presentation is not to be dramatized.

Bible memorization verses may be selected, per grade level, from the ACSI Elementary Speech Bible Memorization Sampler. Scripture passages must come from one of the following Bible versions. Students may select other passages as they wish.

  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
Poetry (Grades 1–6)

Students must begin their presentations by announcing the title and author. No further explanation is necessary. Students should make the poem come alive through facial and vocal expressions. The entire presentation must be memorized.

See the ACSI Elementary Speech Poetry Sampler for sample poems. Selections must be truth-telling (Philippians 4:8) and must be approved by the school coordinator. Comparable material may be chosen from other sources:

  • The Children’s Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett (1995, New York: Simon and Schuster)
  • Bedtime Hugs for Little Ones by Debby Boone (2004, Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers)
  • Christian text (such as language arts and reading) publishers as sources
  • Internet sources are permitted as long as required copyright policy is followed
Fable and Folklore (Grades 2–4)

Students must begin their presentations by announcing the title, author, or source of the story (Aesop, etc.), and moral application (can be given at the beginning or the end) or introductory information regarding the selection. The entire presentation must be memorized.

Note: See the ACSI Elementary Speech Fables and Folklore Sampler for sample pieces. Comparable material may be chosen from other sources if approved by school coordinator, and the teacher may compose a moral application for the student to present.

Dramatic Bible Prose (Grades 5–6)

All presentations must begin with an introduction. The introduction shall include the title and scripture address from which the story is found. This category is for the dramatic presentation of a Bible story, in the form of a speech or an interpretation, but it is not to be acted out as in a play. The student is not to walk about. The presentation is given by one student, working alone. No costume or prop is permitted. The student should make the selection come alive by mentally becoming a part of the story. The entire presentation, including an introduction of the title, must be memorized.

See the ACSI Elementary Speech Dramatic Bible Prose Sampler for sample selections. Comparable selections may be chosen from other published materials and must be approved by the school coordinator. Selections should be approximately 300–500 words in length. Students may also select passages out of The Message or the New Living Translation.

Original Speech (Grades 5–6)

Entries for the original speech category must be written and presented by one student. The speech should be at least 300 words and not more than 500 words in length. Three copies of each original speech must be submitted with the participation forms, and each judge must receive a copy well in advance of the student’s presentation. The student should announce both the speech topic and the speech title. An original speech entered in this category is a persuasive, informative, or inspirational essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion. The body should contain two to five points. While the speech is not intended to be a sermon, the speech must reflect Christian principles and/or Christian influence.

Note: The chairperson has the responsibility and authority to disqualify the original speech entry if the content is deemed inappropriate for the ACSI Elementary Speech Meet.

Quotations from the Bible or other sources (e.g., outstanding patriots of our nation, news sources, or commentaries) may be used to support the writer’s position, but no more than 60 words of quoted material may be used. Topics for the speech are limited to those listed. Students may select their own title (the examples given may be used for themes or titles).

Speech Topics and Sample Titles:

Christian Walk
  • A House Not Made with Hands
  • What Is a Disciple?
  • “Magnify the Lord with Me”
  • Character Without Compromise
Church
  • My Place in the Local Church
  • Is Regular Attendance Really Necessary?
  • The Church: Ministry or Social Registry?
Entertainment
  • Christians Can Have Fun
  • Finding Satisfaction in the Christian Life
  • Accent the Positive, Nix the Negative
Family
  • Family Communication
  • The Necessity of the Family
  • The Art of Listening
  • Love in Action
Friendship
  • Choosing the Right Leader to Follow
  • Choosing Who Will Control You
  • Somebody Is Out There
  • The Greatest Gift I Ever Received
Our Nation
  • Under God, In God We Trust
  • A Patriot I Admire
  • Freedom or Chains
  • Why I’m Proud of My Country
Patriotic Oration (Grades 5–6)

This category is for patriotic material written by or presented by famous persons. All presentations must begin with an introduction consisting of two to three sentences. The introduction should include the title and some background information regarding the time or circumstance surrounding the speech. The background does not have to be original material by the student. The ACSI Elementary Speech Patriotic Oration Sampler provides this background for several of the selections in the italicized paragraph prior to the body of the article. For those articles without such information, the background must be provided through knowledge or research (adult assistance permitted). The entire presentation must be memorized.

See the ACSI Elementary Speech Patriotic Oration Sampler for sample orations. Comparable material may be chosen from other sources, such as the Book of America Series I and II. Selections must not be controversial and must be approved by the school coordinator. If there is any question, please see the chairperson for approval. Length of selections should be approximately 300–500 words (patriotic poems are not appropriate for this category).

ACSI Spelling Bee

Enlightium Academy, in partnership with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), provides students with the opportunity to compete in a spelling bee with other EA students (grades 9–12), as well as students from other schools (grades 1–8). The ACSI Spelling Bee is not an exercise in memorization, but in spelling abilities.

Event Date and Time Participation Cost
Activities Week Registration September 16–20, 2019 N/A Free
Round 1 October 21–29, 2019 Required Free
Round 2 TBD; likely in January or February 2020 Optional Free (however, families are responsible for their own travel, food, and lodging).
Important Details

Ensure you read and comprehend all the information on this page. Additional information will be emailed to participating families, such as where and when to meet with Mr. Brooks. All students must be accompanied by an adult for the event.

Contact Information

Registration Questions:
Email Mr. Brooks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Questions:
Email Ms. Canner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Experiencing Technical Issues?
Call (866) 488-4818 // option 7

Previous Winners
  • 2017-2018 Round 1 Winner
    Mason R., Arizona
  • 2018-19 Round 1 Winner
    Eu-Jin H., Washington

Remote Event

Round 1: Remote Session

Eligible Participants: Students in grades 1–2; competing against other Enlightium students in their grade level
Event Location: Each student can participate from his/her home
Cost: Free

Competition Schedule
Grade Date Time + Duration
1–2 Monday, October 21st, 2019 4:30pm PT
7:30pm ET
(1-2 hours)
3–4 Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
5–6 Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
7–8 Thursday, October 24, 2019
9–10 Monday, October 28th, 2019
11–12 Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Important Details
  • EA will send study information to registered students on Monday, September 23rd
  • The day of the competition, EA will send an email with a link to join the competition remotely
  • A parent or guardian must be present to monitor the entire competition
  • Participants must have webcam capabilities so that the judges can view the students while they speak
  • Participants must have a phone available for clear audio
  • The top three performers for each grade level will be able to proceed to Round 2 and will be highlighted on EA’s website
ACSI Resources and Guidelines
  • The Spelling Bee study material will be emailed to registered families
    • Students need to study the material leading up to the tournament
    • The spelling word lists provided are designed to help students practice spelling those words common to their grade level as well as provide a pool of words for the ACSI Spelling Bee. Integrated with both writing and reading exercises, these word lists enhance the learning process for students
    • The official dictionary for the ACSI Spelling Bee is Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition
Day of Competition
  1. Ensure an adult is present and will remain present for the duration of the event (1–2 hours).
  2. Log in using the link provided via email (sent the day of the event):
    • Families should log in between 4-4:15 pm PT. Families should log in no later than 4:15 pm PT. The event begins at 4:30 PT. Late logins may result in being expelled from the Spelling Bee.
    • If families experience technical issues when logging in, please contact EA Technical Support at (866) 488-4818 // option 7.
  3. At 4:00 pm Pacific Time, EA will begin roll call. Both the student and the adult on the registration form will need to be present.
  4. At 4:30 pm PT, Mr. Brooks will explain the rules and begin the competition. There will be a practice run to ensure that participants are comfortable with the rules.
  5. Families should stay logged in for the duration of the student’s involvement. Families may silently leave the session if the student is no longer involved in the competition.
  6. The top three participants for each grade level may participate in Round 2.

On-site Event

Round 2: Final Competition

The top three participants from each grade level in Round 1 will advance to Round 2. If one of the top three participants is unable to attend, his or her spot will be offered to the runner-up.

Please note, a minimum of 10 students across grades 9–12 will need to attend in order for the event to take place. If less than 10 students can attend, Round 2 for grades 9–12 will be canceled.

Grades 1–8

Competition: Students will compete against students in other ACSI schools as well as, other Enlightium students.

Cost: Admission is free however, families are responsible for their own travel, food, and lodging.

Location: TBD

Event Date: Likely in January or February 2020

Event Duration: 3-4 hours

Grades 9–12

Competition: Students will compete against other Enlightium students.

Cost: Admission is free however, families are responsible for their own travel, food, and lodging.

Location: Spokane, Washington

Event Date: Likely in January or February 2020

Event Duration: 3-4 hours