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Developing Our Curriculum

Creating our proprietary curriculum was challenging. We required a framework that was solid and tested, but that could also be revised and improved year after year in accordance with data and feedback. We needed a curriculum that could address all of the state standards for each subject area and grade level that could also teach beyond the test to enable the highest possible student achievement.

In order to achieve this, we solicit feedback from every teacher in the school and measure our success and progress meticulously to ensure our own growth and improvement. This rigorous, data-based curriculum process furthers our mission of preparing each scholar to excel both in high school and beyond.

In the 2009-2010 academic year, our average pass rates were 50% in ELA and 82% in math. In the 2011-2012 academic year, one year after enacting our own curriculum, our average pass rates were 90% in ELA and 99% in math.

Why We Teach a Classical Curriculum

Developing Our Curriculum

 

Creating our proprietary curriculum was challenging. We required a framework that was solid and tested, but that could also be revised and improved year after year in accordance with data and feedback. We needed a curriculum that could address all of the state standards for each subject area and grade level that could also teach beyond the test to enable the highest possible student achievement. 

In order to achieve this, we solicit feedback from every teacher in the school and measure our success and progress meticulously to ensure our own growth and improvement. This rigorous, data-based curriculum process furthers our mission of preparing each scholar to excel both in high school and beyond.

In the 2009-2010 academic year, our average pass rates were 50% in ELA and 82% in math. In the 2011-2012 academic year, one year after enacting our own curriculum, our average pass rates were 90% in ELA and 99% in math.

Why We Teach a Classical Curriculum

 

Mastery of the standards, while essential, is itself only part of our standards-based curriculum. Critical thinking, creativity and character development are paramount to the scholar’s experience at Classical. 

We teach our scholars Latin starting in third grade to help facilitate English vocabulary acquisition and enhance grammar instruction. We teach our scholars debate to help nurture their skills in collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and critical analysis.  

As part of our mission to develop “liberated scholars and citizens of impeccable character,” Classical is committed to providing a rigorous character education program where scholars learn to become respectful, compassionate and productive citizens. These classes occur once a week and are administered by deans. We believe this prepares scholars to enter society with an eye for injustice as well as the means, confidence and desire to make social change.

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Teaching from a structured curriculum has helped me feel 100% confident in the rigor of the material the scholars receive each day. More importantly, it helps me stay grounded in why I am here in the first place: the kids! Specifically, it allows me to place my focus on creating lessons that are engaging, memorable, and effective in growing the mind of each and every student. As a teacher, having the ability to be successful in teaching fun and "sticky" academic material is the most rewarding experience (even in the craziness that is my first year).

Kelly Henderson
First Grade Teacher, South Bronx Classical II

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