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Curriculum at Roxborough

A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

At Roxborough, we are committed to Kindergarten-6th grade alignment, which means that we want our students to receive instruction that uses similar strategies, format and language as they progress through each grade level.  This way, students can focus on learning concepts, applying those concepts in new situations and integrating them to other content areas in creative ways.  

You'll hear us use words like "rigor" and "critical thinking" because that is always our aim: We want to give our students a strong, challenging academic curriculum that foster students ability to critically think, evaluate and analyze.  

All of our instruction is framed by the Douglas County Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP).  Each grade level organizes their year into 6 Units of Inquiry that provide authentic, global opportunities for higher level learning in each of the 4 components of the GVC.  

We use the following resources to help us instruct our students in each of the content areas listed below.

 

 

Literacy

Balanced Literacy Framework
Roxborough’s literacy program is based upon a three-block literacy framework.  All three blocks are implemented throughout the week in all classrooms. 
 
Wilson Fundations (K-3)/Word Savvy & Words Their Way (4-6)
The word study block includes instruction and practice in phonics, spelling, and vocabulary.  Phonics, spelling, and vocabulary development occur both in-context and out-of-context.  Instruction includes: Phonological Awareness, Print Awareness, Sound/Symbol Association, Structural Analysis, Conventional Use of Written Language, Spelling, Interactive Language/Literacy, and Word Study.  CLICK HERE for more information about Wilson Fundations.
 
Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader is a research-based, reading resource based in three essential components of reading instruction: Demonstrated Reading, Differentiated Reading, and Directed Reading.  Students develop skills, which help them identify words, develop fluency, and increase comprehension.  Genre and literature studies help develop students’ understanding of the elements of literature and establish a purpose for reading. CLICK HERE to find out more!
 
Every Child a Writer
The opportunity to write daily is critical to developing literacy.  Young writers not only need opportunities to express their ideas, they must also learn to do this with clarity and accuracy.  Every Child A Writer emphasizes both process and skills.  Modeling of targeted skills, strategies, and the craft of writing is critical to the development of proficient writers.  Instruction includes: Demonstrated Writing, Differentiated Writing, and Independent Writing. CLICK HERE to find out more!
 
Numeracy
 
Everyday Math
The University of Chicago Mathematics Project developed the Everyday Math program through a partnership with mathematicians and mathematics teachers.  Based on over 20 years of testing, research, and implementation, the program provides a strong standards-based framework for teaching math.  Everyday Math emphasizes a problem-solving approach, mathematical communication, critical thinking, and practice of basic skills.  CLICK HERE to find out more!
 
Science
 
Full Option Science System (F.O.S.S.)
Science instruction is integrated into transdisciplanary units with other subjects including reading, writing, math, and social studies.  F.O.S.S. is often used as a resource to create hands on, inquiry based learning opportinities for children.  The Full Option Science System® (FOSS) has evolved from a philosophy of teaching and learning at the Lawrence Hall of Science that has guided the development of successful active-learning science curricula for more than 40 years. The FOSS Program bridges research and practice by providing tools and strategies to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed worlds.
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Social Studies
 
Social Studies is integrated into transdisciplanary units with other subjects including reading, writing, math, and science.  We use varied authentic and engaging resources for Social Studies throughout our school that are dependant on the concepts and skills being studied.
 
Social and Emotional Wellness
 
The IB Learner Profile
The IB program aims to develop "inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."  This is the mission of the IB program, and it translates into a set of learning outcomes referred to as the IB Learner Profile.  The ten attributes of the Learner Profile express the values of an IB education, a set of ideals toward which both students and adults can strive.  The Learner Profile states that all IB learners strive to be: caring, principled, balanced, reflective, inquirers, open-minded, risk-takers, communicators, knowledgeable, and thinkers.
 
“The Rattler Way”
Roxborough is a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) school.  Students follow a common set of expectations called “The Rattler Way” in all areas of the school and in all activities.  These expectations fall under the rules “RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and SAFETY.”  Positive behavior is modeled, explicitly taught, and rewarded on a consistent basis.  Click Here to find out more!