Curriculum and Assessments
Core Knowledge Sequence
The Charter School will follow all Colorado Model Content Standards. All teachers will adhere to the practice of standards-driven instruction, using the Core Knowledge Sequence aligned to the Colorado Model Content Standards. To deliver the content set forth in the Core Knowledge framework, the Charter School will use research-based, proven curricula for the academic areas.
CKLA Core Knowledge Language Arts
Building students’ knowledge and vocabulary while they are still learning to read is crucial for long-term success. At the heart of this strand are authentic fiction and nonfiction texts that teachers read aloud. These texts are grouped in knowledge domains that create interactive opportunities to question, discuss and share ideas centered on text. This strand ensures students are well prepared when they transition from learning to read to reading to learn.
Teach reading and writing in tandem. These lessons support reading and foundational skills through daily instruction in phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, decoding with engaging decodable texts, writing mechanics and writing structure and processes. The Skills Strand fully accords with the findings of the National Reading Panel and the Reading Foundational Skills section of the Common Core State Standards.
Inspire students to work harder and aim higher, and invigorate teachers with new ways to truly personalize learning. Our print and digital curriculum products engage and challenge students, and were developed specifically with college and career readiness in mind.
Captivate students with rich and vivid educational games that will keep them motivated to learn long after the lesson ends. Touch Press Games—formerly known as Amplify Games—is a suite of more than 30 games that help strengthen skills in ELA, math and science, along with an integrated digital library of more than 600 books.
Tailor instruction to meet each child’s precise needs. Our assessment solutions help teachers measure student progress and close learning gaps quickly, so that all students achieve proficiency.
Realms of Gold
All the shorter literary works – poems, stories, essays, speeches and autobiographical excerpts – specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence for Grades 6-8 are conveniently anthologized in three grade-level volumes. Each includes additional classic works in each genre, offering students handy supplemental texts from the world’s greatest writers. Key speeches from the 20th century make volumes 2 and 2 useful for history teachers.
Every student can become their most amazing self and discover a lifelong love of reading with the guidance of an expert teacher. Designed based on years of careful research to help teachers introduce students to the magic of books and reading, Accelerated Reader 360 is the most widely used K–12 reading practice program.
Accelerated Reader 360 is one of the most heavily researched programs in the world, with one of the largest databases of K–12 student reading information. This invaluable insight tells us what works for students and what doesn’t, so teachers can confidently focus on exactly what accelerates growth.
As part of the TIDES program, students receive real-life experiences in marine research and scientific diving. These place-based learning opportunities provide a window into the careers of marine scientists, technicians, and field researchers. Students will practice critical thinking and data analysis, which together introduce them to the process of asking questions, defining problems, and carrying out investigations into real-world settings.
The TIDES program passports students into the underwater world with Open Water Scuba Diver certification. This 35-hour course includes home study, classroom workshops, and pool and open water training. All classroom sessions can be done either at Ocean First’s award-winning facility in Boulder or onsite at the school campus. At Ocean First, all pool training is conducted in the comfort and safety of our 89°F indoor dive pool.
In the classroom, students begin by investigating the seven principles of Ocean Literacy. These fundamental concepts will provide the backbone to understanding how we are connected to the ocean and why it’s so important. Students will then learn about coral reefs and their amazing inhabitants and start to understand the many factors that affect their health. By the time they graduate from the TIDES program, students will have a developed and refined understanding of the marine environment and be well positioned to pursue a career in a number of related fields.
Foundations in Personal Finance – Dave Ramsey
Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Edition equips you to teach students how to avoid debt, budget with intention, invest early, and build wealth so they can live generously. With the Foundations team as the experts, our curriculum provides you with turnkey resources so you can focus on facilitating students’ learning and bringing this engaging curriculum to life.
This is a supplemental curriculum designed with all the flexibility you’ll need for a dynamic classroom experience. The engaging and relevant material is delivered via video by personal finance experts Rachel Cruze and Dave Ramsey, as well as dynamic youth speaker Anthony ONeal. The curriculum is hosted by acclaimed interviewer and broadcaster Ken Coleman. We’ve included complete lesson plans, activities, and a choice of delivery methods.
This is a Core Knowledge Foundation recommended resource. It is supplemental materials use to build lessons.
Discovery Education Streaming video
With thousands of standards-aligned resources, Discovery Education Streaming Plus provides you with the tools to teach your students to think critically about the content they use, see, and experience in their daily lives and to ask questions about the world around them.
Discovery Education Techbook™ Digital Textbooks
Lead with content. Engage with digital. That’s the hallmark of Discovery Education Techbook. Standards-based with content that is relevant and dynamic, Techbook helps teachers differentiate and improve achievement with easy-to-use tools and resources.
Odysseyware Lessons, Assessments and Instructional Tools are designed to equip learners with resources for academic success, incorporating a mix of grade-appropriate text, direct instruction videos, learning activities and games. Odysseyware lessons also integrate numerous instructional supports to address diverse learning styles and allow ongoing collaboration between learners and teachers.
Odysseyware empowers teachers with unprecedented flexibility to customize courses and the student learning experience. Teachers and Administrators can alter the instructional sequence of Odysseyware Courses, insert Units, Lessons, Projects or Quizzes from other Odysseyware courses, insert Teacher-Created, Custom Lessons, delete or skip lessons and set individual course levels for every student.
People have always used stories to teach and to remember. Welcome to myWorld Social Studies™ for Grades K-5. Learning comes alive through storytelling, literacy instruction, and flexible resources. Stories from our world engage students and help develop thoughtful, literate citizens. Lessons apply inquiry processes, practice reading and writing, and involve collaboration and communication skills. Blended learning experiences include an interactive Student Worktext and digital courseware. Share the story of our democratic ideals, communities, and people!
The research-based FOSS program is designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by advances in the understanding of how children think and learn.
Project Lead the Way
These are trimester enrichment courses that support math and science. This curriculum utilizes project based learning. PLTW Gateway sparks engagement and illuminates’ possibilities for students. Middle school is a time of exploration, a time when students are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow.
During this transitional time, PLTW Gateway’s 10 units empower students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. And as students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
PLTW has ten courses in total and we will start will three.
- Green Architecture
- Design and Modeling
PLTW aligns with Erie High School Engineering Program
In addition to the emphasis on rigorous core academics, Aspen Ridge Preparatory School offers enrichment classes for students to foster breadth of knowledge and a life-long love of learning. Enrichment classes include Music, Physical Education, Art, Drama/Theater (coming soon), and Spanish.
|PALS-PreK is a scientifically-based phonological awareness and literacy screening that measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children’s specific needs. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and measures name writing ability, upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness and nursery rhyme awareness. The assessment scores indicate children’s strengths and those areas that may require more direct attention. The assessment is designed to be administered to four-year-olds in the fall of PreK in order to guide instruction during the year. A second administration in the spring of PreK serves to evaluate progress.|
The authentic, ongoing, observation-based assessment system that helps teachers and administrators like you focus on what matters most for children’s success. Grounded in 38 research-based objectives for development and learning, GOLD® supports effective teaching and assessment, while providing you with more time to spend with the children in your program. GOLD® automatically links teaching and assessment, making it easier to connect the dots across the most important aspects of high-quality early childhood education.
The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) Form 6 measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.
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