Curriculum and Standards

Curriculum Overview

CKACS Front of SchoolCKACS 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.

 

 

 

PreKindergarten
Splash Into PreKindergarten – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012)
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.
Kindergarten - Sixth Grades
The complete curriculum is geared to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of California.

Language Arts
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.

Math
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.

Science
Harcourt “California Science”
Develops and maintains investigation skills that are integral in the scientific inquiry methods, both directed and independent.

Health
Second Step/Bullying
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.

Social Studies
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.

Christian Education
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.

Physical Education
All K-Sixth grade students have PE for 60 - 90 minutes per week. High quality instruction in PE leads to good health, develops fundamentals and advanced motor skills for increased levels of physical fitness that are associated with high academic achievement.

Armenian Language and Culture Studies at CKACS

Hantes December 2015

Armenian Curriculum (English)

Armenian Curriculum (Armenian)

At CKACS, 4th - 6th graders have one hour of Armenian language per day, and K - 3rd graders have 45 minutes per day with an Armenian instructor. The Pre-Kindergarten classes use a dual immersion approach in their classrooms with both Armenian and English languages in use all day.

During their daily instruction with the Armenian specialist, the 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.

October is Cultural Heritage Month when the students learn about many authors, poets, musicians and leaders of the Armenian nation.  In April the students will, grade appropriately, learn about the Genocide of 1915 and the aftermath of this catastrophic event. They will trace their family roots and become familiar with the story of their own family.  Our Armenian History and Culture Competition is held once per year to showcase the students' scholarship in this area.

Christian Education 2015-16 School Year

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Christian Ed Fall 2016

Christian Ed Spring 2016