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The Multigrade Classroom

Glossary of Terms

Alternation Plan

Multigrade classrooms in North American Division often combine classes to teach courses together. The Alternation Plan is the schedule for which curriculum will be used in specific years.  Depending on how many grades are taught together, some classes alternate on a two-year cycle and some on a 4-year cycle. All alternation cycles go by the odd or even number of the ending current school year.  For instance, in the 2017-2018 school year, the “Even Year” alternation plan would be used. In the 2018-2019 school year the “Odd Year” Alternation Cycle would be.



An acronym for Building Resources for Instructional Delivery of Great Education Connections — This resource provides an integrated curriculum for K-2 teachers combining Stepping Stones and Pathways.



The term ‘even/odd years’ refers to the year number at the end of the school year.  The multigrade curriculum is divided into 4 cycles.



It is a seamless curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12 that is intentional about exploring the Bible with the goal of making a difference for eternity. It focuses on equipping students with strong knowledge of the Bible, while also building a close, living relationship with Jesus. Encounter was initially developed by the Australian and New Zealand Adventist Education Departments but it has been updated and contextualized by NAD educators for use by North American Division students.


Key Learnings

Key Learnings are no longer used and have been replaced by NAD subject matter standards.

Key Learnings were a compilation of curriculum standards and provided an overview of the content that students should know and be able to do in each subject area and grade. They were aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides and national standards.


Textbook List

NAD Seventh-day Adventist schools make use of a coordinated curriculum employing specified learning materials. The Textbook List document explains the reasoning and process behind materials selection as well as specifying the textbooks and accompanying materials selection as well as specifying the textbooks and accompanying materials to be used each year at each level and instructions for ordering.



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Full Time Equivalent.


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