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Watersprings School Academics


atersprings School strives for excellence in academics. We provide an educational experience that engages our students in their academic level. This helps them learn to analyze, create and evaluate. As part of our mission to train our students academically, we focus on hiring quality teachers, utilizing curriculum with a Biblical worldview and academic rigor, and challenging our students to their fullest potential in every subject area.


Watersprings School is a member of ACSI. Our Jr. High/High School is accredited through ACSI and Advanced ED, the same organization that accredits our local public schools.


Our primary curriculum is published by Bob Jones University Press. This is a Christian curriculum that supports strong thinking skills. ABeka, ACSI, Purposeful Design, and Holt McDougal are also used selectively. Check out our Curriculum Overview here.

Bob Jones



Purposeful Design

Holt McDougal

Curriculum Overviews

Please check out our Curriculum Overviews per grade. Each overview includes curriculum, content taught, specialty classes, and opportunities for parent involvement throughout the year.

K3   |   K4   |   K5   |   First Grade   |   Second Grade   |   Third Grade   |   Fourth Grade   |   Fifth Grade   |   Sixth Grade

Standardized Testing

Annually we administer the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) to our 2nd through 8th grades, and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) to our 9th through 11th grades. These tests provide us with a diagnostic look at how our students are progressing in key academic areas. The tests also provide diagnostic data that can be used to drive curricular decisions and direct our approach to professional development for our teachers.

You can see the averages of each grade over the years by clicking on the links below:
2014-2015 Iowa Basics Averages Per Grade
2015-2016 Iowa Basics Averages Per Grade
2016-2017 Iowa Basics Averages Per Grade
2017-2018 Iowa Basics Averages Per Grade

College Entrance Testing: Our students participate in either the SAT or the ACT.


Using a trimester system, students must earn 61 credits to graduate. One credit is earned for each trimester class passed. The requirements for graduation from Watersprings School are as follows:

Core requirements:
11 credits English/Literature *
8 credits Math (two must be taken during student’s senior year)
11 credits Science
10 credits History (2 Geography, 3 US History, 2 US Govt, 2 World History, I Economics)
8 credits Bible (students must take Bible each trimester at Watersprings)
1 credit Health
1 credit Speech
1 credit Career Development

51 credits Total core requirements
10 credits Electives (minimum of 2 Foreign Language, 2 PE**)

61 credits Graduation Requirement
* PSAT prep during sophomore year of English. PSAT, SAT, and ACT prep during junior year of English.

**At Watersprings School, students who participate in sports are eligible to earn additional credits. These are reflected on the student’s transcript as a participation credit in the appropriate sport. While a student can potentially earn many PE credits for PE classes taken and sports played, only 4 of the required 10 elective credits can be physical education related. The remaining 6 credits must be received for taking non-PE classes.

Because of the emphasis on a Christian perspective in learning, and our mission statement of developing the whole person for Christ, students are expected to meet graduation requirements through Watersprings offered or approved courses. Therefore, all classes offered by Watersprings School must be taken on campus unless other arrangements are approved by the administration.

Elective Policy
We offer a variety of electives each trimester. Students are given the list of options and a chance to select their top three choices. Preferential distribution is given to the highest grade in order to meet graduation requirements, and then requests are filled from the higher grades down.

Parents are informed of the elective options and given a chance to discuss them with their children. After a student selects their elective and are assigned to a class, only extenuating circumstances will be considered for a change of class. Any changes must occur in the first week of the new trimester.

Summer Programs

Camp Warriors (for ages 3 and older)
We are very excited to share with you that this year we have merged our Summer Daycare/Day Camp with our Summer School Program! Parents will enjoy the option of flexible days and hours (campers can come one day or all five days a week) with simplified billing and the same low hourly rate.

This summer, your child will start the day off with a dynamic Bible lesson that will give them a solid understanding of biblical history and who Jesus is. They will also be encouraged to grow in their personal relationship with Him. Additionally, their days with be filled with engaging academic activities in the morning (8:30 to 12:00) and exciting field trips in the afternoons. Application here. Brochure here.
Watersprings Junior High/High School
Watersprings JH/HS Summer School Program offers several junior high and high school level classes in the areas of English and mathematics. These classes are designed to either a) aid the struggling student in building a strong foundation in a subject area that they feel weak, or struggle in, or, b) for students who wish to advance in either subject area to allow them credit flexibility in High School. If you have questions about what options are available, please see our application here, or call the JH/HS office at (208) 932-0210. Classes will be offered on Tracks, that will broken down into 3 weeks each.

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