Educational programs in the two elementary schools provide all students with a solid academic and social foundation. In addition, specialists are employed to provide students with valuable experiences in special subject areas. All levels of curriculum incorporate manipulatives and resource materials.
The middle level curriculum utilizes the team teaching approach and flexible grouping emphasizing Language Arts, Reading, Science, Math and Social Studies. In addition, all students receive instruction in Music, Art, Family & Consumer Science, Technology Education, Wellness & Fitness, and Career Explorations.
The senior high school offers a wide selection of courses. Individuals can choose from programs in college preparation, business education, agricultural science and vocational-technical education. The high school program includes courses in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, Business Education, Art, Music, Industrial Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Wellness & Fitness, Agricultural Science, and Computer Applications. Accelerated / Honors Courses are available across the curriculum for students seeking further academic challenges. In addition, students have the option to enroll in Advanced Placement Courses in Language Arts, Calculus, Chemistry, Art, Physics, Environmental Ed., History and Government.
What is Curriculum?
Curriculum refers to the overall course of study offered in an educational institution, including the core subject areas as well as encore subjects (art, music, etc.) and electives. However, you will also hear the term used to describe the planned course in any one subject area or class.
What is the Difference between Curriculum and Standards?
Standards define what students should know and be able to do as a result of the learning experiences in a particular subject area and grade level. They do not define how content is to be taught, what materials to use, or how they will be assessed.
Every district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is required to use the PA Standards and PA Core Standards (Pennsylvania's version of the Common Core State Standards) as per Title 22, Chapter 4 of the PA School Code. However, how we prepare our students to be proficient in the standards is the decision of each district in Pennsylvania. You can learn more about the Standards at the Standards Aligned System web portal.
The curriculum is how we will deliver the content that results in the outcomes required by the standards. It includes the Big Ideas and Essential Questions that provide focus and clarity, that answer the question asked for centuries by students around the world, Why do we have to learn this?
Curriculum breaks down the standards into the content (knowledge and concepts) as well as the skills that students will demonstrate as a result of instruction. Curriculum also details the ways we will assess student learning and from what materials and resources we will choose to immerse our students in learning.
Click on the links to the left to access the curriculum.
Assessment is an integral part of instruction and takes many forms. Throughout the day, teachers are constantly conducting checks for understanding and using that information to inform their teaching. Throughout the year, certain summative assessments are given to determine how well students are mastering content. Click on the links to the left to view the district assessment maps as well as the Student Achievement Report given during the Student Achievement Committee meeting in November of each year.