Elementary Curriculum

The core elementary curriculum program includes English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students also study areas in art, music, foreign language, and physical education.

The curriculum documents show what students are expected to learn in Grades  PreK-5.  In English Language Arts and mathematics, our students learn the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by the Michigan Department of Education.  In grades K-5, our students will learn from the Core Knowledge curriculum, a research-based curriculum designed to build content knowledge.  Why is this important?  Content knowledge is the number one factor for students in learning to read and understand - in any content area.

Elementary Curriculum

English Language Arts In English Language Arts, we use the Core Knowledge (CKLA) program in grades K-5. Core Knowledge is an integrated curriculum that provides ample opportunity in the earliest years of school for students to learn to read well. There is plenty of phonics and significant amounts of time devoted to read-alouds. Why is this important? As students are building their content knowledge, they do so through things they hear. Content knowledge is critical for developing good readers. The Core Knowledge program also integrates art and music into the curriculum and is proven to be one of the strongest curriculum programs available.
Mathematics In Mathematics, we'll be using Bridges, a special curriculum designed for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Remember, we are required by the Michigan Department of Education to teach the Common Core standards, and we searched far and wide for curriculum that would meet the needs of our students.
Science The district's last textbook purchase was in 2002, so in the 2014-2015 school year, we're bringing the science standards up-to-date. Students will learn a great deal of science content through the integrated Core Knowledge program, which is designed to build this content knowledge. Additionally, the district will be working to include the Next Generation Science Standards.
Social Studies Social studies content is integrated into the English Language Arts standards. Students will learn more than ever about social studies with our Core Knowledge program. We're emphasizing citizenship and studies about the Constitution as our students need a strong background in the exceptionalism of America.