Literacy and Communication Arts
At LPA, students experience a balanced-literacy approach to reading and writing. Each child is assessed through Fountas & Pinnel and iReady to determine areas of strength and growth. With students’ areas of strength and need for growth in mind, 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.
The award-winning, highly rigorous math program Singapore Math is the core of our mathematics curriculum for students in elementary school. Math concepts are taught using a 3-step process: concrete, pictorial and abstract. With this process, students start with tangible information (a picture, for example) and learn to think abstractly about it. The approach is so successful that—by the end of kindergarten—students have the skills to do multiplication! Our middle school math students are more than ready by sixth grade to engage with the Open Up math program, which requires students to solve complex equations and relates to real-world experiences.