CKACS has been providing its students with an educational curriculum of excellence for more than 30 years. To learn more about our curriculum, click one of the tabs.
Splash Into PreKindergarten – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
PreK are immersed in a setting where literacy skills, mathematics, social/emotional growth activities are part of their daily routine. Our program uses the Houghton Mifflin ‘Splash into PreKindergarten’ curriculum. It is consistent with our philosophy that addresses central aspects of child development. It provides a coherent focus for planning children’s experiences. It allows for adaptations and modifications to ensure access to the curriculum for all children. The curriculum guides teachers; development and intentional implementation of learning opportunities consistent with the program’s goals and objectives. Our curriculum can be implemented in a manner that reflects responsiveness to family home values, beliefs, experiences and language. The goals and objectives of the curriculum guide teachers’ ongoing assessment of children’s progress. The curriculum guides teachers to integrate assessment information with curriculum goals to support individualized learning.
The complete curriculum is geared to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of California.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “California Excursions”
This program is a complete reading and language arts program based on these areas: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension (includes writing, language conventions, listening and speaking). It gives teachers tools for struggling and gifted students. It is organized in an explicit, systematic, comprehensive and coherent instructional path for the teacher. It gives teachers access for instruction, practice, application and diagnostic support. K-Third grades build foundational literacy skills. Fourth-Sixth graders become thoughtful, appreciative, independent readers and writers. The curriculum provides technology that engages students in meaningful productive learning and practice.
HM Harcourt “Go Math”, incorporates mathematical practices in every lesson so students develop the mathematical thinking they need. It features exploration driven lessons that begin with problem-based situations and build to more abstract problems. It also elevates the depth of understanding so students are ready for the rigor the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Harcourt “California Science”
Develops and maintains investigation skills that are integral in the scientific inquiry methods, both directed and independent.
This curriculum promotes school success by teaching about school connectedness, a safe and respectful school climate, and directly teaching students the skills to strengthen their ability to: learn, have empathy, manage emotions and solve problems. The Bullying Prevention portion is designed to change the climate of the school and classroom, and reduce the peer rewards that can reinforce behavior of aggressive children. It educates the student in what bullying is, how to respond to it effectively and who the support staff is to go to when it happens. In addition, units on Good Nutrition, Physical Exercise and the need for plentiful sleep are taught.
HM Harcourt “Reflections”
Teaches the core knowledge in history and social science. It encourages the development of related skills that enhance students’ ability to understand core knowledge such as analysis (chronological, spatial thinking skills, research and evidence and point of view skills, and historical interpretation skills), summarization, identification of cause and effect, comparing, making generalizations, etc. It integrates history with math, science, language arts and visual and performing arts.
Topics vary each semester. First-Sixth graders meet for 30 minutes each Friday to learn about the life of Jesus, the parables of Jesus, the Ten Commandments, etc.
At CKACS, K - 6th graders have 50 minutes of Armenian language per day. The Pre-Kindergarten classes use a dual immersion approach in their classrooms with both Armenian and English languages in use all day.
Students learn about culture and history. Once per week the students have choral music and instrumental music lessons with a qualified music teacher, learning Armenian songs and playing Armenian folk melodies with their instruments. A monthly assembly highlights famous Armenian writers, which gives students the opportunity to read and perform pieces from the authors’ bodies of work.