Curriculum

Our Core Curriculum

We believe that a joyful and empowered child learns best today, and is inspired to learn for a lifetime.

At Serendipity School, our mission is to encourage, engage, and empower students on their journey toward academic and personal excellence in a nurturing community that promotes discovery, inquiry, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning. IMG_2086We believe in challenging each individual child to be the very best he or she can be. We also help students to set and reach goals by providing a well balanced curriculum that supports the achievement of high academic standards, while at the same time fostering a true love of learning.

We promote high levels of achievement and effort as children acquire the academic and personal skills that will ensure their future success. We push the boundaries beyond a mere acquisition of knowledge: we want children to develop the confidence to investigate and enquire, to confidently solve problems, and to take responsibility for their own learning. We aim to enrich their learning experiences, strengthen their emotional confidence, and broaden their social horizons and cultural interests.

The core classes offered at Serendipity School include Language Arts (Reading, Comprehension, Writing, Grammar, Spelling, Penmanship, and Public Speaking), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. IMG_5495The teachers use a multifaceted curriculum for the core subjects, drawing from a number of different programs and educational resources.  Our challenging and enriched curricular programs were carefully selected for their strengths and ability to support the teachers in utilizing differentiated instruction.

 

Instructional Strategies
Our talented and creative teachers undergo significant professional development to remain well versed in current pedagogical practices. Our school’s hands-on approach engages every student in the learning process and encourages each individual to strive for his or her personal best.

Serendipity School’s teachers are committed to getting to know each child through the careful and attentive processes of observing, assessing, and guiding students in different forums of learning. IMG_5448Our teachers engage and educate students in whole classroom units, individually, and through flexible grouping that is typically based on the lesson and the specific learning intentions.The teachers at Serendipity School utilize a variety of instructional strategies to engage each child throughout his or her educational journey including discovery/inquiry-based learning, questioning and critical thinking, cooperative and collaborative learning, discussion and debate, hands-on and project-based learning, and creative learning through modeling, music/dance/song, art, and role play/simulations/drama, and adaptive processes for differing learning styles/multiple intelligences.

Differentiated Instruction
As a progressive model of Kindergarten and Elementary education, Serendipity School believes that it must focus on education that addresses the individual needs of each student. All students come to our school with vastly different personalities, interests, backgrounds, strengths, and weaknesses. kylie 20161110_112321Learning abilities are dynamic and vary significantly from child to child. An optimal approach to teaching our students rests in our ability to recognize their differences and to find the means to address and meet these unique characteristics. We therefore endeavor to access and implement a differentiated curriculum, for which our teachers have undergone significant training. Differentiated instruction maximizes academic growth and individual success by accessing and educating the whole child.

EXPECTED SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING RESULTS (ESLRs)

The goals and expectations for Serendipity School students are evidenced in the school’s Expected Schoolwide Learning Results, referenced by the acronym CLEAR.

Serendipity Students are CLEAR Thinkers

Serendipity Students are Creative and Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Think as individuals
  • Formulate creative and innovative solutions to problems
  • Think critically by formulating personal ideas and implementing effective solutions

Serendipity Students are Lifelong Learners who:

  • Are enthusiastic and engaged learners
  • Have an interest in the world around them
  • Are able to utilize individual gifts, talents, and skills to consistently learn about new things, show deep understanding, and challenge assumptions

Serendipity Students are Effective Communicators who:

  • Confidently express their voices in speaking, writing, and listeni20161006_143215_001ng
  • Have the ability to write informatively and creatively
  • Develop and employ appropriate communication techniques

Serendipity Students are Academically Enriched Individuals who:

  • Endeavor to produce quality work in all areas
  • Demonstrate intellectual, creative, and artistic skills
  • Have an understanding of what it means to be the best they can be and embrace the learning process

Serendipity Students are Respectful Community Members who:

  • Interact within their school and community as productive and responsible citizens
  • Act with honesty, integrity, compassion, and kindness
  • Show respect for and embrace cultural and individual diversity

 

 

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