Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School implements a rigorous curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards that provides differentiated access points for all learners.
Our day school curriculum motivates students to make connections between their own lives and the important economic, social, and political forces that shape the world and empowers them to influence those forces through individual and collective action.
Curricular-aligned field trips take advantage of the rich arts and cultural experiences in New York City, and students travel to other cities to see sites important to American history and visit college campuses.
Our 2014-2015 academic goals are focused on
1) curriculum development and implementation,
2) writing, and
3) complex problem-solving.
Curriculum Development and Implementation
At Girls Prep Lower East Side, we provide an engaging curriculum in all subject areas. Over the next two years, we are undergoing a process to revise our curriculum in order to establish a vertically-aligned, interdisciplinary Pre-K-8 curriculum. This year, we are focused on developing and implementing a content-rich and vertically-aligned science curriculum. To learn more, click here.
Teachers also develop "lesson arcs," which are five-to-ten day cycles of instruction that feature a complex text, guiding questions, and writing assessments and activities.
We provide extensive supports for students with special needs. To learn more, click here.
We also provide extensive supports for English Language Learners. To learn more, click here.
The demands of the Common Core, college, the 21st Century workplace, and American citizenship all necessitate that we prepare our students to communicate clearly and effectively through writing. It is our belief that reading and writing are reciprocal tasks and that a strong writing program is the best way to assess students’ comprehension and analysis.
We provide multiple opportunities for our students to write in all grade levels and evaluate student writing based on a Common Core-aligned writing rubric.
Complex Problem Solving
The Common Core State Standards and the demands of the 21st Century workplace require that we shift our focus away from teaching procedures and mnemonics to students. Rather, we should empower students to use multiple pathways to make sense of complex problems with more than one right answer.
Our goal is to build students’ ability to grapple with and solve complex problems across the disciplines. Complex problems contain multiple entry and exit points, can be approached using a variety of possible strategies, and connect to content within and across grade levels. Students will encounter complex problems in our formative and summative assessments. Students will be required to use close reading and critical thinking to solve them.
In mathematics, we will incorporate Cognitively Guided Instruction during a 30-minute block dedicated to problem solving.