Curriculum

Guiding Beliefs:

  • Children need a safe, encouraging and nurturing environment
  • Learning should be engaging and inspire children to be lifelong learners
  • Children have different learning needs and the curriculum and instruction must meet those needs
  • Fostering confidence is the key to success
  • Data will drive decision making

School Goals:

  • Student proficiency rates will increase by at least each year as indicated by student performance on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).
  • Standards-based practices will be used in each classroom.
  • Our curriculum and instructional methods will meet the academic, social, physical and emotional needs of all students.
  • Transition to the Common Core State Standards

Curicular Overview

Literacy/English Language Arts:

Literacy/English Language Arts at Kingston Hill Academy focuses on providing high-quality instruction, identifying reading difficulties and developing literacy skills so that students may become life-long readers. Descriptions of the programs we use are listed below.

EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Educaton Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. The agenda includes the implementation of the P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE), and Data-Driven Instruction (DDI). EngageNY.org is dedicated to providing educators with real-time, professional learning tools and resources to support educators in reaching a college and career ready education for all students.

Mathematics:

Every student needs and deserves a rich and rigorous mathematics curriculum that is focused on the development of concepts, the acquisition of basic and advanced skills and the integration of problem-solving experiences. Kingston Hill Academy encourages educators to provide such challenging mathematics opportunities to foster the growth of intelligent, thoughtful and mathematically-literate members of society. At Kingston Hill Academy, we use an integrated approach to mathematics outlined in the program description below.

EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. The agenda includes the implementation of the P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE), and Data-Driven Instruction (DDI). EngageNY.org is dedicated to providing educators with real-time, professional learning tools and resources to support educators in reaching a college and career ready education for all students.

Science:

A foundation in scientific literacy prepares students to be confident and capable life-long learners who are equipped with the skills needed to access, understand, evaluate and apply information in various contexts. Regardless of their academic standing, all students should have access to a rich and challenging science curriculum that will promote scientific literacy, while inspiring and supporting advanced study and science-related careers.

Kits in Teaching Elementary Science (KITES):

"KITES" is the East Bay Educational Collaborative's K-6 Science Curriculum. It stands for "Kits in Teaching Elementary Science." The KITES model is based on the premise that five areas must be addressed: top-notch standards-based curriculum materials, a system of replenishment and delivery to teachers, an ongoing program of professional development, a way to assess the program and its effectiveness with students, and a program to build community and administrative support. The KITES curriculum is based on the use of science curriculum materials in the form of kits that were developed through funding from the National Science Foundation supporting national standards for science. The KITES Program is part of a national movement that supports an inquiry-centered approach to learning science. There is a great deal of research that suggests that student achievement is enhanced with this kind of program. In addition, the connection is being made between improved reading and writing scores of students who engage in inquiry science experiences where these skills are emphasized.

Social Studies:

Social Studies at Kingston Hill Academy are taught with the primary focus being the development of language-based skills, like reading, writing, speaking and listening. A rich and diverse set of historical and modern-day content that is enhanced by our literacy program drives our curriculum and provides students with multiple opportunities to think critically, express their views and develop the necessary skills to participate in the modern world.

Physical Education:

The goal of physical education at Kingston Hill Academy is to verse students in the concepts associated with health and wellness and provide students with the tools to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students learn about various exercise and sports techniques, health issues, cooperation and self care.

NECAP Science:

The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science Assessment is designed to measure student performance on grade span expectations (GSEs) in science.  It is administered to students in grade 4 at KHA.

PARCC: 

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states and the District of Columbia that are working to create and deploy a standard set of K-12 assessments in mathematics and English.  PARCC is administered to students in grades 3, 4, and 5 at KHA.

Art:

Students at Kingston Hill Academy are offered the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the visual arts by receiving instruction focused on design and technique. Students are able to participate in activities that are of interest to them, create and express their perspectives, critically evaluate artistic pieces and develop an appreciation for various art forms - all while learning methods and techniques that artists use to create.

Music:

Each week, students receive music instruction. Music at KHA is intended to teach students about an art form based on creating, performing and responding. KHA believes that the more students understand the basic elements of music; the more they will enjoy the experience. Music class at KHA offers a variety of opportunities to explore methods of artistic expression and enhance personal creativity.

Methods of Instruction:

The Kingston Hill Academy curriculum encourages use of a variety of pedagogical methods to meet the diverse needs of our students. Teachers regularly evaluate students and make appropriate modifications to the curriculum based on individual needs. The wide range of student abilities makes this type of pedagogical responsiveness and differentiation necessary for student success. Kingston Hill Academy seeks to motivate students by creating relevant and meaningful learning experiences in which all students can experience success.

Kingston Hill Academy seeks to impart curriculum in a constructivist frame. That is, the students actively construct their understanding while interacting with the content, the teacher and each other. They are responsible for their learning. The staff is there to guide, to hold high expectations, to organize a series of relevant experiences and to present content and information. The staff models appropriately for students and provides multiple opportunities for students to practice new skills and demonstrate success.

This curriculum at Kingston Hill Academy is a living framework, changing and adapting to student needs and state standards, as required. Kingston Hill Academy believes that a curriculum must address the very real demands of the world we live in, and, we are systematically refining and improving the curriculum in purposeful and meaningful ways.

Reinforcement Programs and Assessment Tools :

IXL is a web-based program that targets MATH for all grades K-12 with problems based on the common core standards. The math problems have a wide variety of question types, from word problems to interactive graphing.  IXL

Lexia Core 5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.  Lexia

MobyMax is a personalized learning solution for K-8 Math and ELA (reading, vocabulary, language, and writing). All built from the Common Core.  MobyMax

STAR 360 is a comprehensive K12 assessment solution, allowing educators to screen and group students for targeted instruction, measure student growth, predict performance on Smarter Balanced exams, and monitor achievement on Common Core State Standards.  STAR 360

Symphony Math is web-enabled program with a visual and highly intuitive interface.  It helps students understand at a conceptual level. Instead of being overwhelmed by numbers, students move at their own speed and learn how math works. Through every stage of Symphony Math, students gain a strong foundation in underlying principles and become better equipped to take on basic and advanced subjects. Going far beyond rote math drills and practice tests, this special teaching solution illuminates the core of learning and produces confident, more capable students. Symphony Math

 

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