School Curriculum



Language Arts

We believe in the importance of teaching students to "learn to read" so that they can "read to learn." Literacy is not an end point, but a gateway, empowering students to seek, pursue, and discover independently. Cultivating this love of reading and expression begins with a school environment rich in language, stories, and books.

Our language arts curriculum follows an explicit and continuous pathway from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, fostering an appreciation of literature and expression, as well as teaching specific skills and strategies for reading and writing.

Arithmetic and Mathematics

We begin with the study of arithmetic (the mechanics of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) using a combination of written practice, manipulatives, rote memorization, and games. Once students have mastered these skills, they move on to mathematics, which applies arithmetic to real-world situations and includes geometry, measurement, time, fractions, word problems, and graphing.

We teach mathematics using workbooks, hands-on materials, and collaborative groups for problem solving. We do not allow the use of calculators.


 

In addition, our entire school follows the same rotating course of study for topics in American History, World History, Geography, and Science:

 
Four Year Rotation 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
World History and Literature Prehistory
(through 5000 BC)
Ancient Civilizations
(5000 BC – 450 AD)
Middle Ages
(450–1450)
Renaissance/Age of Exploration
(1450-1600)
American History and Literature The Birth of Our Country
(1600-1800)
Expansion of the Nation
(1800-1875)
The Rise of Industrialism
(1875-1935)
Modern History
(1935-present day)
Geography North Carolina
Antarctica
Australia
Middle East
Africa
Europe
Asia
United States
North, Central, & South America
Science Continents & Landforms
Evolution
Vertebrates
Weather
Structure of Matter
Biomes
Fungi
Simple Machines
Solar System
Agriculture
Humans
Plants
Forces & Energy
Rocks & Minerals
Chemistry
Kingdoms of Life
Invertebrates
Water Cycle
Oceans/Seas
Forestry