English Language Arts encompasses reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It builds in complexity and difficulty as a student moves from grade to grade so that the student will be ready for the demands of college- and career- level reading.
The National Academy of Science defines science as the “use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process.”
Our world is shaped, largely, by discoveries in science, and so it is important that our students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to fully understand and form opinions about these discoveries.
During the elementary years, instruction in mathematics seeks to build a solid foundation in the students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics as well as their procedural skills. This strong base provides the underpinnings for students as they move into higher levels of mathematics, where they will be applying their knowledge of math to real-world situations.
Social Studies has been defined as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence” by the National Council for Social Studies. Social Studies instruction is a systematic study designed to develop individuals capable of making informed, reasonable decisions so that they can take their places as contributing members of a diverse, democratic society.