Word study is individualized. In kindergarten, Fundations is one of the instructional tools used to develop phonics, phonemic awareness, and word recognition strategies. The primary word study tool in first through fifth grade is the conceptual and pattern awareness approach to spelling and vocabulary offered by Words Their Way.
Our social studies curricular framework is the result of a collaborative effort with Dr. Kerri Ullucci, professor of Urban Education at Roger Williams University. Place-based investigations are the starting points from which students understanding and care is stretched to distant times and places.
The science curriculum includes hands-on experiences in earth, physical, and life sciences, which is accomplished through the use of FOSS kits. Just as it is with social studies, community connections and fieldwork enrich opportunities for inquiry.
Our math curriculum is based on EngageNY, which was created by the Department of Education of the State of New York in alignment with the Common Core. It contains modules that are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics, while integrating rigorous classroom reasoning, extending time in the classroom devoted to practice and thinking through extensive problem sets. The expectations for mastery are very high.