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Mathematics: Understanding Concepts
During kindergarten through second grade, they focus on concepts and skills for addition and subtraction, emphasizing place value.
In third through fifth grade, they will focus on the concepts and skills for multiplication and division of whole numbers and understanding fractions.
By sixth grade, students will also incorporate geometry in solving real-world mathematical problems as well.
Science: Cause and Effect
Literacy: Building Blocks Journeys – A Path to Balanced Literacy
Journeys supports the Common Core State Standards into daily classroom instruction through high-quality literature, informational texts, and content that offers our students a wealth of opportunities to learn and fall in love with literature.
Our goal is to ensure all students are highly engaged in literacy and reading comprehension, and that all students are reading fluently by 3rd grade.
Health and Physical Education: Starting Good Habits
Fitness: Our younger students will demonstrate motor skills and movement patterns required to perform at a variety of physical activities, based on their age and level of development.
We teach what fitness is and why it is important to improve health and performance. Students participate in activities that are enjoyable and challenging and will be part of moderate to vigorous activity three to four days per week.
Social Studies: Introducing Our History
Elementary school students are introduced to the geographic and historical connections between the world today and the world long ago. We use the classroom as a reflection of our society and teach good sportsmanship and respect for the rights of others.
Students will also learn about historical figures who have shaped the world we live in today, and also the government’s role in both history and the modern day. They will explore the connections they have with the past, and also learn about the story of their home state.
Technology: Exposure To Tech
Art: Young Artists
Teachers always remain sensitive to students’ self-expression and include activities and projects that the students can relate to and are interested in. There should be a balance of student-created work, and art directly curated by the teacher.
Music: Young Musicians
Music instruction according to the five strands allows young students to use a variety of instructional resources in exploring music experiences: singing, moving, playing an instrument, listening, responding, and reflecting.
Included among the resources are age-appropriate musical instruments, written literature on music, CDs, computer software, Internet resources, audiotapes, videos, DVDs, and photographs, all of which are often obtained through the school library.
World Language: Early Introduction
Learning a foreign language is very important to our young learners because it can improve their education while also giving them the foundation for personal enrichment, academic achievement, and economic opportunities.
Mathematics: Reasoning for the Real World
Middle school students move from arithmetic on to algebra. Their curriculum focuses on ratios and proportional reasoning applied to real-world problems and quantitative relationships.
Eighth graders will have an understanding of functions, and will be expected to be fluent with calculations of positive and negative fractions and decimal numbers.
Science: Understanding and Explanation
- From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
- Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
- Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
- Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Literacy: Analyzing and Critical Thinking
By using new and modern technology we are more likely to keep our students engaged and interested in the materials they are reading. Students are more likely to retain content when it is combined with media, audio, and visuals.
Collections also provides students the tools they need to use critical thinking and expand their curiosity in order to take on challenging concepts and prepare for high-stakes assessments.
Health and Physical Education: Emerging Athletes
Social Studies: Analyzing Our Culture
Technology: STEM and STEAM
Art: Emerging Talent
Music: Exploring Ensembles
A standards-based program provides instruction for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of student participation. Through singing and playing, students are challenged to develop their performance skills as they receive subject-centered, standards-based music instruction.
World Language: Formal Training
Having this knowledge of additional languages will help out students grow both academically and personally. Being able to communicate with a wider variety of people will foster intellectual growth as well as professional opportunity.
Find out what your high school student will be learning to prepare them for college and beyond. From classroom curriculum to extracurriculars, and college test prep, we are here to encourage and motivate.
Math: Thinking Like Mathematicians
- We are making problem-solvers.
- No matter what your objectives, textbook, or grade level, the mathematical practice standards are a guide to good math instruction.
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
Science: Further Explanations
Literacy: Preparing for Higher Education
Health and Physical Education: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Social Studies: The Global View
Technology: Pathways In Tech
- Game Design
- Graphic Design
- Engineering Technology
Art: Advanced Expression
Music: Maturing Talents
World Language: Understanding and Fluency
Special Support Programs
Special Support Programs