The curriculum will include strategies for students reading at grade level or higher, as well as for students who are reading below grade level. It is expected that students will master reading, writing, and verbal skills through continuous infusion of reading skills in all subject areas. Lessons will be based on broad topics covering the reading process, literary analysis, the writing process, communication, information and media literacy.
The Writing Process:All students will be required to write on a daily basis across the curriculum (i.e. Informative, Persuasive, Creative Writing). While incorporating the Writing Traits, the ongoing writing strategies such as Prewriting Drafting, Revising, Editing for Language Conventions, and Publishing will help develop effective writers and enhance student performance on state writing assessments. Writing will also be stressed throughout the curriculum through projects such as daily journal entries and a school newspaper. The use of technology in the writing process further enhances the program, as students publish their work. Writing before, during, and after the main story selection from the state adopted text will provide systematic, explicit writing instruction and ample practice in spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics daily.
At the completion of the course, students will have achieved a year’s worth of learning by mastering, at minimum, the objectives and concepts aligned to the Common Core Standards in Reading and Language Arts. The school will also include a strong language arts component with teachers using oral book lectures, poetry readings, roundtable discussions of novels, and creative and individualized writing instruction.
The Mathematics curriculum will be aligned with NCTM Principles and Common Core Standards for Mathematics by grade level for grades K-8. Mathematics activities will also include mental math, math stories, math games, and competitions.
The math program selected in grade K-8 was specifically selected due to its philosophy of inquiry and mathematical explanations required of all students. The curriculum is designed to support students and help them learn that they can be mathematical thinkers. There is an emphasis on reasoning and problem solving in all grades. Students will focus on computational fluency with whole numbers as a main goal in the elementary grades. Students will also have extensive work in the mathematical areas of rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, and early algebra. Math games are used as a tool for students to experience mathematics in fun and engaging activities. Ongoing assessments will be utilized to ensure students understand core mathematical concepts and enrichment/remediation will be provided to meet
The Science curriculum will prepare students to achieve the Common Core Standards by incorporating a hands-on approach to learning of the central science themes: matter and energy, force and motion, earth and space, processes of life, and the scientific method. In addition, supplemental materials such as Science Weekly will be used. Additionally, students will participate in monthly hands-on science experiments.
The Social Studies curriculum includes the study of related knowledge and modes of inquiry selected from history, the humanities, and the social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Thematic units will integrate the various subjects and address key areas of social studies in alignment with Common Core Standards. Character Education components (respect, honesty, responsibility, self-control, tolerance, kindness, citizenship and cooperation) will be emphasized individually through thematic lessons and group projects.
Social Studies education will promote loyalty and love of country and community, and it will prepare students to participate intelligently in public affairs. Its component disciplines foster in students the knowledge and skills needed to understand current political and social issues. Social studies education will provide students with an understanding of the democratic principles and ideals upon which good citizenship is founded and an understanding of the world beyond their borders.