English Language Arts
The ELA curriculum is based on California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, along with the Reading / Language Arts Framework; A Look At Kindergarten Through Grade Six in California Public Schools; and A Look at Grades Seven and Eight in California Public Schools: Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. ELA instruction emphasizes the development of skills and strategies students need to thrive as readers, writers, speakers and listeners in post-secondary education and in life. The ELA curriculum is designed as a “building block” approach to develop, hone and expand on English language skills, conventions, and usage. Instructional strategies to develop these skills include direct skills instruction, spoken and written engagement with age-appropriate literature, application of student skills in projects and assignments. Our goal is to ensure that all students graduate from Equitas Academy #4 reading at or above grade level as a critical component in their ability to master all other subjects and succeed in high school and college.
To complement our ELA program we have decided to take a radical approach to history. By using historical facts and primary resources we have created a new type of history class. Our non-fiction class is dedicated to the rigors of the typical ELA class ensuring that scholars have the ability to compile a number of writings including free response, essay, and argumentative writing while incorporating the fun of a typical history class. Our approach to history displays our dedication to scholars college readiness by exposing them to the rigors of writing in a number of capacities.
Our approach to Math education is in alignment with our mission to achieve college graduation for all of our scholars. By the end of middle school we want our scholars to progress through Algebra 1 so that they have the ability to make it through calculus in high school. Our focus is to build with the established mathematical practices and common core standards. We believe in frequent and aggressive monitoring of student progress so that we can institute remediation plans as necessary. We are looking for scholars to grow a strong foundation and love for math as our scholars are looking toward being innovators in tomorrow's math careers.
Science instruction combines student mastery of core vocabulary and conceptual knowledge with the application of scientific principles in laboratory settings. Using both the hands-on FOSS science curriculum with CA Common Core Standards ensure students have access to an engaging and challenging curriculum. Science assessments, for example, include sections that focus on the key terms and ideas of a unit as well as a performance task component that require students to synthesize and analyze data from laboratory experiments. Science teachers also actively work to reinforce key mathematical concepts, especially graphing and measurement skills.