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. Text which reflects the Common Core State Standards complexity bands will be used to teach reading skills and strategies. Lessons will support students by building a strong reading foundation, accessing complex text, finding and using text evidence, engaging in collaborative conversations, and writing to sources.
Reading will cover literature and informational texts. Students will read a variety of texts for a variety of audiences and purposes to examine how authors use evidence from the text to support their arguments, and analyze the strength of the author’s argument. They will read to determine a theme or central idea of a literary text and how it is conveyed through specific details used by the author.
Students will write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. Students will form an opinion, create a claim to support that opinion, research information to support their claim, and create essays that demonstrate their research. They will write narratives that develop real or imagined experiences or events using an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically. Students will also get the chance to compare and contrast thematically-based texts in different genres; for example, stories and poems/historical novels and fantasy stories. They will write routinely over short and extended time frames for a variety of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
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.
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The Mathematics curriculum will be aligned with NCTM Principles and Common Core Standards for Mathematics by grade level for grades 6-12. Mathematics activities will also include mental math, math stories, math games, and competitions. A major area of study is the development of perspective in mathematics. In other words, we want the student to see connections between seemingly unrelated areas. Another major area of study is cooperation and communication. The student must learn to speak the language of mathematics and translate that language into clear language for the benefit of those who are not proficient in mathematics.
The math program selected in grades 6-12 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: life, earth, physical, and process science. Students will be immersed in non-fiction text to connect other content areas into science. Additionally, students will visit the school’s science lab weekly to participate in hands-on science experiments while keeping science journals to extend their learning.
The Social Studies curriculum includes the study of related knowledge and modes of inquiry selected from history, the humanities, and the social sciences. 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.