Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The Academy Charter School has a rich, rigorous curriculum that provides students with the necessary skills and learning experiences needed for sustained academic achievement.  The curriculum is responsible to the New York State Education Department’s guidelines and is fully aligned with the national Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. These standards are K-12 and provide grade-level expectations for achievement. 

The CCSS are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.

The Common Core State Standards are:
 
1. research and evidence based
2. aligned with college and work expectations
3. rigorous
4. internationally benchmarked.

A particular standard was included in the overall selection of Common Core State Standards only when the best available evidence indicated that its mastery was essential for college and career readiness in a twenty-first century, globally competitive society. The Standards are intended to be a living work: as new and better evidence emerges, the Standards will be revised accordingly.

The Standards set requirements not only for English language arts (ELA) but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the Standards specify the literacy skills and understandings required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.  Students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.
                                                                                                            (The CCSS Initiative, 06/2012)

      English Language Arts is taught for 120 minutes each day. The framework for the language arts block includes time for whole group, small group and individualized instruction. Teachers and assistant teachers utilize the following resources to teach reading: Scott Foresman Reading Street, Bookshop Phonics, Leveled Readers and the Waterford Early Reading Program. Teachers and assistant teachers create flexible groups based on the results of ongoing assessments. Reading groups are fluid. DIBELS and the TRC (Text Reading and Comprehension) are used to monitor student achievement in reading. Writing occurs across the curriculum and is taught for a minimum of thirty minutes each day.