Academics

When students enter our school, we take extensive time collecting data on where students are academically to tailor instruction to their needs. We utilize NWEA MAP and Aimsweb as our district assessments. These assessments help us target skills needed for student growth and enrichment to move students beyond their grade level.

English/Language Arts

Being a Reader (grades K–2) combines systematic and explicit foundational skills instruction with fully articulated lessons that support whole-class and small-group instruction and independent work. Integrated assessments, student-teacher conferences, and embedded professional learning help teachers make informed instructional decisions, ensuring all readers advance at their appropriate pace. 

Making Meaning (grades 3–6) provides research-based, whole-class reading comprehension and vocabulary instruction using increasingly complex texts across a wide range of genres. The program also offers complete support for daily independent reading, the development of social skills, and regular student-teacher conferences.  Learn more about both of these programs at https://www.collaborativeclassroom.org/programs/collaborative-literacy/

TACS has partnered with Churchill Center and School to provide Wilson Fundations. Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students in grades K-3 receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics/ word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Reading fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension strategies 
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling

The instruction aligns with states’ rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Learn more at https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/programs/fundations/.

Reading Horizons-Discovery/Elevate

Provides students in each RTI tier with the right depth of targeted reading instruction. Each teacher’s manual includes detailed instructional guides and activities for meeting the needs of students below, on, or above level for each reading skill. By implementing the Reading Horizons Discovery® program across all three tiers, you give teachers a common language and simplify differentiation and individualization for intervention students with robust technology tools. Learn more at https://www.readinghorizons.com/.

Math

Eureka Math helps students gain a complete body of math knowledge, not just a discrete set of skills. They use the same models and problem-solving methods from grade to grade, so math concepts stay with them, year after year.  Learn more at https://greatminds.org/math.

Science

MySci

As a part of a grant received by Bayer, MySci is a signature program of the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis. mySci is dedicated to creating equity in science learning through hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that nurtures critical thinking and creativity. Learn more at https://myscipartners.com/.

Social/Emotional Growth

Our staff understands that social/emotional wellness is equally important for improved student academic performance. We created a handbook which outlines the various interventions to be used as we help students navigate how to deal with hte daily challenges that occur with learning and communicating with peers and teachers.