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 and History: Houghton Mifflin Science Series; Houghton Mifflin Social Studies Series
Social Emotional Development: PATHS Curriculum
Exemplary Instruction Outcomes
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