All AQS elementary schools utilize the Core Knowledge Sequence, which is aligned with state standards for each grade level in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science, Physical Development and Health, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language. The Core Knowledge Sequence goes beyond state standards by allowing students to be challenged by a rigorous, sequentially structured curriculum, which simultaneously enhances skill development and critical thinking, as well as content mastery. Core Knowledge serves as the foundation for college preparatory work.
Paideia (pronounced py-dee-a) represents a philosophy and strategy for structuring the school organization and utilizing various teaching strategies and methodologies. www.paideia.org
Today's children face a complex and troubling world sometimes filled with uncertainties. The traits that we hope to instill are neither readily apparent nor easy to grasp and put into practice. Therefore, our challenge is to provide young people with the self-esteem, energy, and knowledge necessary to survive, be successful and develop into strong, competent, caring, and responsible citizens. The "Character Counts" program along with AQS developed materials are used to teach Character Education. CharacterCounts.org
Plato Learning Academy is using Engage NY as a foundation for their math curriculum. This program aligns perfectly with both the NWEA MAP as well as the supplemental online site Khan Academy. Combining a variety of instructional resources including YouTube videos, rigorous classwork, and relevant activities, Engage NY has proven successful as a pilot program during the last two years. Additional math materials include Pearson's "EnVision" and McGraw Hill's "My Math."
Plato Learning Academy is using Engage NY and the 6+1 Traits for Writing as a foundation for their ELA curriculum. These two programs ensure that students are both reading and analyzing complex texts as well as responding with structured writing pieces. Additional ELA materials include Pearon's "Perspective" and "Reading Street."