Denette Dirkson » Elementary

Dear Families,

I would like to welcome you to Calvary Chapel Christian School’s Elementary web page.

As a Principal and Educator, I truly want people to find the joy in learning and through that learning, be able to share the love of Jesus.  My passion is to concentrate on teaching and guiding teachers through encouragement, new methods, materials, and by letting them share the joy of teaching.  Through this joy, they will impact the lives of our students, parents, and community.


Jonnie Miller

Elementary School Principal

Jonnie Miller

Elementary School Principal

Elementary General Information

The Elementary division of Calvary Chapel Christian School includes students in Kindergarten through the 5th Grade. There are generally two classes per grade level with approximately 200 students enrolled. There are approximately 300 students enrolled in the Elementary School. In addition to their primary curriculum, the students receive instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education and Computers. Chapel is normally held once a week in the sanctuary.  It is a time for students in Preschool through 5th grade to come together for worship and Biblical devotion.  Parents are always welcome to attend.

Elementary Office

Denette Dirkson

Elementary Librarian
Photo of Denette Dirkson


Education & Degree:

  • Certificate of Proficiency: Library Information Technology
  • Library Internship: Green Valley Public Library (1 Semester)
  • Associate in Science: Library Information Technology,

College: Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo

Professional Work Experience:

  • Bookkeeper/Office Manager: 14 years
  • Calvary Chapel Christian School: 15 + years


Related Volunteer Work:

  • Sunday School Teacher 3rd & 4th grades: 3 years
  • Elementary Library Volunteer: 2 years (CCSD) and 1 year at CCCS


Passion Description:

I love everything about libraries!  I am so blessed to serve here at Calvary Chapel Christian School and encourage our students to find joy in reading and in discovering information.  My passion is to nurture growth in their relationships with Jesus and teach them how to view everything they read and do through the eyes of our Creator.  I also enjoy working with our teachers providing additional resources to support their curriculum and classroom learning.  Every day is a new adventure in the Elementary Library!

Elementary Teachers

In selecting classroom textbooks, both Christian and secular publishers are considered. It is recognized that Christian publishers provide a distinctive Christian perspective, especially needed in the social and physical science areas that have been so strongly influenced by humanistic philosophy.

Publishers currently being used include Abeka, Bob Jones, Saxon, McDougal Littell, and Write Source. The NIV Bible is used in the elementary grades and the New King James Bible is use in grades 6-12. Trade books used in the reading and literature programs may not necessarily be written by Christian authors, but are taught from a Christian perspective.

Elementary Curriculum / Publishers

Bible • Bob Jones University: All Grades
Math • Purposeful Design: All Grades Abeka: K
Phonics • Abeka: K – 2nd
Reading  • Abeka: K – 2nd • Novels: 3rd  – 5th • Guided Reading and Accelerated Reader – All Grades English/Writing • Bob Jones University: 1 – 5th
Handwriting • A Reason for Handwriting: All Grades
Science • Bob Jones University: 1-5th
Social Studies • Bob Jones University 1-3rd and 5th. Nevada, Our Home 4th.