Academics

Academics

Overview

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy (Common Core State Standards Initiative).

English Language Arts

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The Common Core standards allow us to employ an integrated model of literacy. To be ready for higher learning and their future careers, students must be able to comprehend and analyze what they read.

In the early grades, we use a phonics-based approach to teaching the foundations of literacy skills. This approach not only teaches them how to read and write words but also builds their fluency and stamina as readers.

Math

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With the implementation of the Common Core standards for math, we take a conceptual based approach to math instruction. Students work independently and with their peers to construct their arguments and to model their work mathematically.

Science and Social Studies

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Science and Social Studies are part of our core program despite many years of the high-stakes testing environment which pushed many schools into focusing mainly on Language Arts and Math.

As students move on to higher learning, they not only need to know how to read and analyze the text associated with these subjects, but they need to have content area proficiency as well. Additionally, social studies are essential towards developing an active citizenry, a hallmark of our democratic society.

Physical Education

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Students in grades 1-6 receive formal PE instruction weekly. Students learn how to stay healthy through regular exercise, and they learn to enjoy being active through building foundational skills in common sports games and activities as aligned to the PE standards for their grade. Team work and good sportsmanship are emphasized.

Library and Computer Lab

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Thanks to the PTO, our library is stocked with more than 5,000 books ranging from beginning readers to advanced non-fiction. Students come to the library weekly as part of their class, during which time they check out books, do printed and/or online research, and hear books read aloud.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.