As a community of learners, we have adopted the Nevada Academic Content Standards for ELA and Mathematics. Coral Academy of Science has a defined rigorous curriculum for our K-5 students.
Our reading program uses Harcourt StoryTown. StoryTown is a research-based, developmental reading and language arts program for kindergarten through fifth grade. The foundation of the program is its high-quality children’s literature, as well as informational texts.
Through the Student Editions, students are exposed to a variety of genres. StoryTown reflects current, confirmed research and prioritizes and sequences essential skills and strategies into a clear, organized model for instruction.
StoryTown features an organized, direct approach to teaching reading. The program emphasizes explicit, systematic instruction in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing.
To meet the needs of all learners, the teachers use supplemental materials such as high quality novels and little readers to enrich the learning.
Our math curriculum is Excel Math. Excel Math is a proven mathematics curriculum for Kindergarten through Sixth grade students. Used in classrooms for more than 35 years, Excel Math curriculum carefully presents math in a spiraling fashion. Students learn and review different concepts throughout the year while developing a solid foundation of math skills.
Excel Math works in the real world. It was developed by reviewing math curricula, observing classroom teachers, collecting suggestions from teachers, and considering requirements from all states. The program was conceived and developed by one author, preventing fragmentation seen in other products. It enhances existing skills, and gives students distributed practice and spaced repetition of each concept. Excel Math students develop a strong foundation in math!
Meeting our writing goals is achieved by teaching the principals of Lucy Calkins using the Writer’s Workshop method and Step Up to Writing®.
The Lucy Calkins method of instruction focuses on the goal of fostering lifelong writers. It is based upon four principles; students will write about their own lives, they will use a consistent writing process, they will work in authentic ways and it will foster independence.
Step up to Writing features research-based, validated strategies and activities that help students proficiently write narrative, personal narrative, persuasive, and expository pieces; actively engage in reading materials for improved comprehension; and demonstrate competent study skills.
For science, we are using the Next Generation Science Standards. Next Generation Science Standards identifies the science all K-12 students should know. These new standards are based on the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve have partnered to create standards through a collaborate state-led process. The standards are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.