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Core Curriculum Philosophy

Through home and school collaboration, Weston Preparatory Academy (WPA) will successfully educate students so they can effectively, efficiently and successfully communicate (read, write and speak) and solve complex mathematical challenges. WPA’s curriculum places a strong emphasis on math and communication skills. All other subjects such as science, social studies, art, music, physical education, and technology are supported by a solid foundation of literacy and mathematics. 

CORE CURRICULUM

Weston Preparatory Academy provides a challenging and rigorous curriculum that is aligned to state standards and prepares students for the 21st century. Standards-based units of study have been designed to ensure that every student will achieve at high levels. Teachers are supported in their instructional responsibilities by way of professional development, use of best teaching practices, technology, and assessment information. Classroom instruction is delivered through a variety of technological means and a variety of online programs. We use data to drive instruction and create focused and targeted small group instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

Our Curriculum

CURRICULUM GUIDE

Weston Preparatory Academy’s curriculum has been aligned to the Common Core State standards. Through the use of resources, lesson plans, pacing guides, and common assessments, teachers are able to deliver high quality instruction. Teachers are trained to analyze student data and plan for individualized instruction. 

 

PRE & POST ASSESSMENTS

Students in grades 1-8 are assessed in math at the beginning of the year based on their current grade level standards. The purpose of this pre-assessment is to determine student readiness for current grade level. This same test is used as a post-assessment at the end of the year to measure growth and determine individual success of math standards.

Students in grades 6-8 are also given a pre/post assessment in reading. The elementary reading program provides a pre-assessment for students to determine reading placement. 

 

MATH

All of the math units and assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students are assessed after every unit and the data from these units are used to pinpoint students’ strengths and weaknesses.  Some resources include: Go Math!, Everyday Mathematics, Houghton Mifflin Math, Prentice Hall Math.

 

READING

The Success For All Reading program (K-5) is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students are assessed every eight weeks and placed into reading groups based on their reading level. Students receive 90 minutes of reading instruction daily. Students are tutored during the school day for intervention.

Middle school reading curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students are taught through novel-based units and are assessed after every unit

 

SCIENCE

K-5 science curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and provides hands-on activities and experiments for students. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s dynamic science program, Science: A Closer Look, offers students exciting and accessible standards-based lessons. Engaging activities promote curiosity and foster the development of science inquiry skills. Through a consistent and structured learning cycle, students confidently build upon their experiences to develop a lifelong understanding of science concepts.

Middle school science curriculum is aligned to the Michigan State Standards and students are assessed after every unit. Students are engaged in hands-on activities, experiments, and projects to enhance learning in physical, earth, and life sciences.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Harcourt Social Studies is a comprehensive K–5 curriculum solution designed to engage and motivate every student. Through the stories of the intriguing people, exciting places, and fascinating events that make social studies relevant to their lives, students gain a global perspective. They also learn the social studies themes and skills they need to become informed, participating citizens who consider diverse points-of-view, use critical thinking skills, and are active in their communities. Completely aligned to the national standards, the program’s research-proven content provides rigor and depth in an easy-to-read, highly visual format that instantly connects with all types of learners. Reading Skill development and reinforcement organized around a Big Idea and What to Know Essential Questions is core to the pedagogy. Because students also learn through interaction, the engaging hands-on activities and technology explorations in the Harcourt Social Studies program provide the high-interest level tools to foster that connection.

Grade 6:

Sixth grade students will explore the tools and mental constructs used by historians and geographers. They will develop an understanding of Ancient World History, Eras 1 – 3, of the Western Hemisphere and will study contemporary geography of the Western Hemisphere. Contemporary civics/government and economics content is integrated throughout the year. As a capstone, the students will conduct investigations about past and present global issues. Using significant content knowledge, research, and inquiry, they will analyze an issue and propose a plan for the future. As part of the inquiry, they compose civic, persuasive essays using reasoned argument.

Grade 7:

Seventh grade students will review the tools and mental constructs used by historians and geographers. They will develop an understanding of Ancient World History, Eras 1 – 3, of the Eastern Hemisphere and will study contemporary geography of the Eastern Hemisphere. Contemporary civics/government and economics content is integrated throughout the year. As a capstone, the students will conduct investigations about past and present global issues. Using significant content knowledge, research, and inquiry, they will analyze the issue and propose a plan for the future. As part of the inquiry, they compose civic, persuasive essays using reasoned argument.

Grade 8:

Eighth grade students continue their study of United States History from the writing of the Constitution through Reconstruction. Geographic, civics/government, and economics content is integrated within the historical context. Using significant content knowledge, research, and inquiry, the students analyze an issue and propose a plan for civic action. They develop reasoned arguments and write a persuasive civic essay addressing issues from the past within a historical context. Where appropriate, they make comparisons to relevant contemporary issues.

 

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22930 Chippewa, Detroit, MI 48219   |   Phone (313) 387-6038   |   Fax (313) 387-6180

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