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Elementary School

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

At the heart of the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is a highly structured curriculum that sets high expectations and provides individualized monitoring to assist students in attaining ambitious goals.

Student Placement
Abby Kelley Foster welcomes parental involvement in a child's educational program. However, parent letters requesting a particular teacher can not be considered. Class lists are determined by the grade level team and the academic leadership team. Teachers and administrators consider a number of factors before final class lists are prepared, including gender distribution, achievement levels and special needs.

Direct Instruction in Elementary Reading and Language
In grades K-2, we use Direct Instruction (DI), a curriculum and teaching methodology specifically designed to teach sophisticated strategies in reading and language. The lessons are presented in a structured sequence, with each lesson building on concepts and skills developed previously in the series. Direct Instruction has been proven to yield strong results with all types of students, including academically advanced children, traditionally average performers, and those with special needs.

After completing Level IV of Reading mastery, students progress to Open Court. This program uses short stories and excerpts from literature to help students hone their reading comprehension skills.

Writing
Students use the Great Source Writing Series at the elementary level. Students write, revise, edit, and publish to become better writers in a variety of genres. They also practice their skills with Daily Oral Language, a structured program that teaches mechanics, grammar and usage skills.

Mathematics
Kindergarten through Grade 4 use Saxon Mathematics. Students learn through incremental development and continued practice and review. Saxon math has yielded good results with diverse student populations.

Proficiency Grouping
Students are grouped by performance level in reading and math. Instructional groups are created based on students' demonstrated competency in these areas. Students who perform below target will receive instruction to close any learning gaps quickly; this may include required after school help to respond to your child's needs. It is likely that the teachers and the administration will reassign your child to different reading and math groups throughout the year to better respond to your child's needs. The school reserves the right to make all academic placement decisions.

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