Curriculum

We will realize our instructional vision through the following building blocks of excellent instruction:

  • Literacy and Communication Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education and healthy living
  • Music and Art
  • Curriculum Development and Teacher Input

We believe in an inquiry-based approach that allows students to explore the content deeply, often in small groups or independently. Kids have time to ask questions, problem-solve, and work through mistakes.

 

Literacy and Communication Arts:

Students experiences a balanced-literacy approach to reading and writing. Each child is assessed through Fountas and Pinnel and NWEA to determine their areas of strength and growth. Then, teachers create small-group learning opportunities including guided reading, reader’s workshop, and writer’s workshop. Students work together to solve problems and build comprehension skills. Phonemic awareness and phonics instruction form the building blocks for our great readers! Programs such as Benchmark Phonics, Making Meaning, and Handwriting without Tears support student learning.

Mathematics:

Award-winning, highly rigorous math program Singapore math is the core of our mathematics curriculum. Students in all grades work through the Singapore math program, originally developed in Singapore. Math concepts are taught using a 3-step process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. By building each skill using this process, students access mathematical information tangibly and build out to the abstract. By the end of Kindergarten, students will have the skills in place they need to multiply!

Science:

Our Science curriculum is designed at LPA by our teachers and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The program is project-oriented and developed from the Next Generation Science Standards. With our focus on inquiry learning, Science is often our students’ favorite part of the day!

Social Studies:

Like Science, our Social Studies curriculum is designed in-house. Because LPA is a school with community as its cornerstone, our Social Studies curriculum takes this idea and utilizes the National Themes of Social Studies.  It begins in Kindergarten with students learning about their classroom, families, and school as communities. In First grade, students learn about St. Louis as a community past and present. Second graders learn about world communities. In Third grade, they learn about ancient civilizations (communities). Our fourth and fifth graders then take a look at national history and government.

Physical Education and Health Living:

Maintaining a healthy mind and body is critical for success for every child. At LPA, our students take Physical Education for 30 to 60 minutes, two to three times each week. They also enjoy one or two recesses to play and run! Students learn skills (such a running, jumping, dribbling) and practice team-work and good sportsmanship. Every spring, the entire LPA community engages with the curriculum Our Whole Lives to explore human development through the lens of changing bodies, growing up and sexual health.

Art:

Students at LPA take Art two to three times each week. Art takes students through many techniques celebrated throughout history and around the world. Students make connections between art and literacy and produce pieces for display each week.

Technology:

Students take a technology-based Project Learning Course two to four times each week where they integrate their learning from each class to design a unique project. This program utilizes hands-on exploration and various forms of technology to directly tie grade-level content to the class’ interests. Projects such as circuit-building, bicycle design and computer coding all make up this one-of-a-kind class.

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Curriculum and Development:

Please see our page on Teacher Development for more information.