Curriculum & Instructions
The instructional program at the Charter School of Educational Excellence is specifically designed to meet all of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. Our goal is for students to meet and exceed performance and assessment standards. Instruction is age/grade appropriate with strong emphasis on the development of students' social and academic skills through character building activities. See description of programs below.
Creative Thematic Enrichment
CSEE uses thematic units that combine reading, math, art, dance, music, computer skills, and field trips into enjoyable and informative lessons.
Balanced Literacy/Balanced Math
Our Balanced Literacy program uses authentic literature, independent reading, author studies, genre studies, and the writing process. Balanced Math incorporates many of these language elements into the math curriculum.
Hands-On Science & Technology
Our hands-on curriculum teaches the fundamentals of science while encouraging exploration and analysis. Technology and computer skills are incorporated into the curriculum in all grades.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
English Language Arts (ELA): Kindergarten to 5th Grade
CSEE utilizes Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journey’s Reading Program. Journey’s is a comprehensive integrated core reading program (grades PreK-5th). Journey’s supports the Common Core by emphasizing explicit, systematic instruction in the areas of reading, fluency, writing, speaking and listening, and language. The program provides ample practice and application of these skills, using a variety of meaningful resources and activities suited to different types of learners to reinforce instruction and learning. Journey’s is easy to navigate, both in print and within its vast online resources. Journey’s features a core reading book that integrates strong vocabulary and language arts instruction with incredible children's literature. The Journey’s supporting components include hundreds of leveled readers and leveled reader plans designed by Irene Fountas for excellent, research-based small group instruction. Our reading program is designed to teach every student how to read. Students read books at their independent reading level and share their thinking with their peers while teachers confer individually and in small groups to move students forward in the continuum of reading. While reading skills and strategies are tailored to the needs and level of each individual student, aligned with ongoing reading assessment and practice, areas in need of reinforcement are supported as needed.
English Language Arts (ELA): 6th to 8th Grade
CSEE utilizes Prentice Hall Literature Common Core Edition. Prentice Hall is designed to meet the rigors of the Common Core State Standards. Scaffolding and modeling ensure that all students can access increasingly complex material. Literary selections in the program include exemplar texts from the Common Core Framework. Throughout the program, students have opportunities to analyze text structures and literary elements in depth. Skills workshops and independent reading features give students a chance to develop and apply strategies with increased independence. Writing, speaking, and listening are also integrated throughout the program with rigorous skill instruction.
Mathematics: Kindergarten to 5th Grade
CSEE utilizes Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Go Math!. GO Math! is a focused program designed to meet the objectives and intent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The author team for GO Math! consists of mathematics educators and school district personnel and includes representation from the leadership of NCTM. The team’s balance between state and national perspectives as well as the team’s research expertise and practical experience makes GO Math! both accessible and mathematically sound. GO Math! was specifically written to provide thorough coverage of the CCSS with an emphasis on depth of instruction. Particular attention was given to providing support for teachers as they transition to a focused, rigorous curriculum. These efforts are apparent in the ways lessons begin with context-based situations and progress toward more abstract problems. Students and teachers are supported as they advance from concrete to abstract content through the use of models and math talk prompts presented in the Student Editions, and sample questions provided in the Teachers Editions.
Mathematics: 6th to 8th Grade
CSEE will be using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Big Ideas! The Big Ideas Math program promotes a deeper understanding of math concepts by use of a balanced approach of Discovery activities and Direct Instruction with examples that capture and hold students' attention. Students gain a deeper understanding of math concepts by narrowing their focus to fewer topics. They master concepts through fun and engaging activities, stepped-out, concise examples, and rich, thought-provoking exercises. It also promotes mastery as it follows each introduction with real-life examples. Students immediately recognize how Key Ideas relate to their everyday lives, making connections that deepen and solidify their understanding.
Science (Kindergarten to 8th Grade)
Our Science curriculum is a research-based, real-life, hands-on approach to learning science. The program consists of learning three units of studies in science aligned to the New York State Standards, which include:
- Life Science: an area of science that deals with living things and life processes
- Earth Science: any of the sciences (geology, meteorology, or oceanography) that deal with the earth or with one or more of its parts
- Physical Science: an area of the science that deals with materials that are not alive and the ways in which nonliving things work
Social Studies (Kindergarten to 8th Grade)
Students study a comprehensive history and geography curriculum, which is integrated with music and art. Some topics presented in social studies include the study of Black History, Ancient Egypt, Early Americans, The Middle Ages, WWI and WWII, the French Revolution, and current events in Latin America. Students learn and develop map skills, research techniques, awareness of cultures, and of the United States and abroad.
Music and Art
The music and art curriculum integrates social studies as its central theme, so that each history or geography unit is broadened and enhanced with related music and art experiences.
Languages Other Than English
The first goal of foreign language education is for students to communicate at a basic literacy level in one language other than English. One of the goals of our Spanish program is to promote the acquisition and proficiency of social language. Students will be able to understand basic commands and formulate simple phrases. The second goal of the program is for students to understand the interrelationship between language and culture. Students acquire an appreciation for the cultures that exist within our community and gain an understanding of gestures and perceptions, and learn about folklore. This will help students develop cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding.
- ROSETTA STONE - CSEE will be using the foreign language Rosetta Stone interactive technology program for grades 2-8
- Kindergarten to 1st Grade will be in a teacher’s supportive beginner’s foreign language program which combines teacher made lessons and Rosetta Stone technology
Physical Education and Health
The Physical Education Curriculum enables students to master fine and large gross motor skills. Students perform warm-up and cool-down exercises both indoors and outdoors. Students become competent in a variety of physical activities and especially skilled in a few.
The Health Curriculum program provides a setting in which students focus on health prevention concepts and practice life skills. Students will demonstrate an understanding of health promotion and disease prevention concepts to establish a foundation for leading healthy, productive lives. Students will also demonstrate the ability to identify and practice healthy enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks to live safer, healthier lives.
Through physical education exercises, the language arts skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are utilized in planning and organizing games and sports and in communicating to classmates and teachers. Students also use interpersonal and character skills in their discussions about games and sports.