Project-Based / Hands-on learning is integral to ACSA’s thematic approach to curriculum. The theme for the 2023-2024 school year is Around the World. Although some content and skills are taught separately, for the most part, students acquire knowledge and skills through learning that makes connections among varying disciplines. All project-based studies culminate with exhibitions or final products that must meet high standards. These products are the vehicles for students to synthesize what they have learned and to demonstrate how they can use it.
Much of the curriculum for the year will be designed around a theme. As such, the projects and assignments for Social Studies vary depending on the unit of study. Research skills and study techniques are developed through various types of projects, assignments, and tests. As often as possible, a student is given a choice of topics and methods for demonstrating proficiency. Students will research daily geography or current event warm ups to continually increase their awareness of the world. Click on the link below for details about the 2022-2023 Social Studies curriculum.
The reading program is literature based. Students have continual choice in reading for fiction and non-fiction literature. Students are directed to select materials that focus on the themes that are being studied school-wide.
The Accelerated Reader computer program addresses the diverse reading abilities of ACSA students. Along with thirty minutes of sustained silent reading each day, we ask parents to monitor additional reading at home. Students will also learn to answer interpretive questions, analyze text and look for meaning in word choice. All of these skills are reinforced during literature discussions. Skills in reading and writing are essential for students to excel in math, science, and social studies. Click on the link below for details about the 2022-2023 Reading curriculum.
Art class will be driven by the thematic approach to learning. Students are given the opportunity to express themselves in several different ways, depending on the medium being used or studied. Concepts such as balance and texture and as well as technique are taught repeatedly throughout the year on all projects. Students are expected to give their best effort to learn these things and work towards achieving true "mastery" of the selected medium.