Curriculum

Students in grades kindergarten through 4 are heterogeneously grouped by homeroom. However, homogeneous groups are formed for math. These students receive whole-group instruction in all subject areas with small cooperative groups formed for skill development and practice. Weekly schedules include: religion, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, physical education, computer, and library. Students are introduced to global cultures and early basics of the Spanish language. Service education is operational at all grade levels.

In grades 5 through 8 students are grouped heterogeneously by homeroom with whole group instruction in religion, language arts, social studies, science, music, art, physical education, computer, library, and basic Spanish language. Homogeneous math groups are formed at each grade level. In grades 6-8, there are homogeneous groups for language arts. The curriculum extends from basic computation to algebra. Concepts are reinforced through the use of manipulatives. Language arts is taught through a reading/writing workshop approach with literature, journal writing, and portfolios as the backbone of the curriculum. The highest performing students have an opportunity to participate in advanced language arts and math programs. In grades K-8, a science lab and campus wetlands provide the opportunity for a hands-on approach in the teaching of science providing vast opportunities to experience exploration and discovery. In a hands-on lab learning approach, students learn essential science concepts forming a solid base for science in high school. Students begin in the primary grades with simple equipment and advance to competency.  When advanced, they use quality scientific instruments such as oil immersion microscopes, oxygen meters, and spectrophotometers, as well as triple beam balances and a wide range of scientific glassware to perform experiments, analyze their results, make predictions, and test them.

“Power School” technology is utilized for administrative record keeping responsibilities and for student grades. Parents are provided with a password into the “Power School” database which enables continual access to their child/children’s current test marks and report card grades.

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