Boys typically enter school 1-2 years behind their girl peers in language development. In addition, students from low income families typically enter school with significantly less robust vocabulary than their more affluent peers. Reading is the key skill students must master to be on the path to a college future. As a result of these realities, our program focuses first on accelerating the literacy development of our scholars.
In kindergarten through second grade, our scholars receive 180 minutes a day of literacy instruction, including time specifically for vocabulary development, guided reading, direct phonics instruction, and writer’s workshop.
In third through fifth grade, our scholars receive instruction from ELA teacher specialists. Shifting from the typical elementary model, our teachers in third through fifth grade teach specific subjects – ELA, math, history, science – so that they can be experts in that subject and focus their preparation time on providing outstanding instruction. Within these grades, scholars receive 160 minutes of daily literacy instruction for reading comprehension, text analysis, and writing.
In addition to ELA and math instruction, we believe a college preparatory education should include the breadth of a typical liberal arts experience. Our scholars receive daily instruction in science, history, visual arts, music, and physical education.
We provide our teachers with a range of curriculum and supplementary resources so that we can meet the needs of all our scholars. The list below is a partial list of curriculum resources we use:
ELA: Engage NY Common Core Modules; STEP, Guided Reading; Write Steps
Math: Engage NY Common Core Math Modules, Fast Math, Envisions
Science: Mystery Science Curriculum
Social Emotional Development: PATHS Curriculum
Title I, II and III Funds
- Title I, II and III are part of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act
- A law that exists to make sure that ALL students meet challenging state standards
- Additional money to our school based on the free/reduced lunch status of our students
- Helps scholars who are struggling to become proficient on the state tests and grow academically
- Helps proficient scholars that are at-risk of sliding accelerate their learning
Title I, II and III funds are used by our school to;
- Provide additional instructional RTI staff
- Provide an Instructional Coaches
Exemplary Instruction Outcomes
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