Elementary Curriculum & Instruction
Our elementary schools are proud to offer a variety of educational opportunities and support programs to our students. Our rigorous core curriculum is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards, which incorporate the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
The elementary instructional program includes the following subject areas:
- Language Arts/Literacy (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
- Social Studies
- Comprehensive Music—Students in full-day Kindergarten through Grade 6 receive two 30-minute music classes each week. Half-day Kindergarten students have music instruction for one 30-minute period per week.
- Comprehensive Health
- Physical Education—Two 30-minute physical education classes per week are scheduled for students in Grades 1-6.
- Visual Arts—Students in Grades 1-6 participate in one 60-minute art class every week.
The following resources are available in support of or in addition to the instructional programs listed above:
- Learning Resource Center (Library)
- Student Services Team, School Social Worker, School Psychologist, School Nurse
- Technology in the Classroom
- Video/Broadcast Studio
- Instrumental Music: Band/Orchestra—Fifth- and sixth-grade students may join band or orchestra.
- Chorus—Chorus is a school-sponsored club that may be available for students in Grades 5 and 6.
- Intramurals—Fifth- and sixth-grade students are eligible to participate in intramurals.
- Spelling Bees—Grades 4-6
Student support programs include:
- Academically Talented and Gifted Services
- Accelerated Placement (Early Entrance, Grade Skipping, or Accelerated Placement)
- Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching
- Erin's Law - Personal Safety
- Reading Interventions
- Special Education Programs
- Multilingual Programs
- Special Olympics
Homework extends and reinforces concepts being taught in class, provides time to practice new skills, and helps students prepare for quizzes and/or tests.
We encourage families to identify a specific time and place for children to complete homework. If any concerns arise regarding homework, please contact the classroom teacher.
The following guidelines for suggested amounts of time to be spent on homework may be helpful:
Helping our students develop a life-long love of reading is important to us. That is why we recommend children set aside time for recreational reading each day.