Academics at Hope Partnership School
English Language Arts at Hope
Book-Led Curriculum - At Hope, students learn grade-level standards by reading and engaging with novels. Novels provide access to complex and interesting stories, provide numerous opportunities for discussion, and build multiple reading and SEL skills.
Scholastic Scope - Using our subscription to Scholastic Scope, we introduce shorter stories and reading and writing activities to students. As scholastic states, “Every Scope text is carefully crafted for students' interests and abilities and is packaged with rich multimodal support tools for joyful teaching and learning.”
100 Book Challenge - Independent reading is critical to building student reading ability and encouraging children to read for enjoyment. Students engage in up to an hour of independent reading each day, during and after school, on books that they get to choose themselves.
Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop - Building students vocabulary is very important as they encounter more challenging texts and seek to enhance their writing. The Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop program explicitly builds student vocabulary.
Writeshop - Students engage in Writeshop lessons for a hands-on, interactive way to build their foundational writing skills. Building off of this curriculum, students engage in writing through research projects, book reports, and texted-based responses.
Mathematics at Hope
Illustrative Mathematics - Illustrative Mathematics is a comprehensive math curriculum that is focused on real-life applications of grade-level skills. It engages students in critical mathematical skills, including discourse and problem solving, while building their conceptual understanding and fluency skills. This is a rigorous curriculum that should challenge students in a way that shows them how math affects their everyday lives. IXL also aligns with our mathematics curriculum, making it easy for students to practice the skills that they are learning in class.
Social Studies at Hope
This year is our first year using IXL to guide our standards-based social studies instruction. In addition, students watch CNN10 news each day and complete a reflection. This encourages habits that make engaged and informed citizens who are the future leaders of our world. Using Scholastic magazines, students are able to read and engage in activities around social studies topics. It is also a great opportunity for students to engage with non-fiction texts. Throughout the year, students engage in projects that build their understanding of critical social studies concepts. For example, students engage in a full Student Council election that focuses on elements of our political system including voting procedures. Another major project is our Black History Month Wax Museum where students research and create presentations on a Black historical figure and role model so that our whole community can learn from them.
Science at Hope
This year is our first year using IXL to guide our standards-based science instruction. In addition, students learn through hands-on explorations of the content relevant to their grades science standards. For example, students have created replicas of real-life volcanoes in the world, engineered and tested marble runs, and created indoor gardens. All students engage in our science fair project in the Spring, where they build their scientific inquiry skills. Students learn and implement the scientific process and then present their final project with results for the whole school community.
Interventions at Hope
IXL - All students engage with our intervention program IXL. Each week, students complete a diagnostic that allows us to see where they are at and where there may be unfinished learning. This progress monitoring informs interventions, classroom instruction and the skills they are practicing in the program. Students practice skills on IXL that meet them where they are at, as well as grade-level content.
Wilson Reading Intervention - Students who fall below the 30th percentile in their reading abilities participate in small group or one-on-one Wilson Reading Interventions. This program is focused on the science of reading, teaching students the phonological and decoding skills necessary to be successful readers. The program also provides writing and comprehension support.
TEACH LLC - Students who are assessing below grade level in mathematics participate in small group or one-one math interventions with TEACH. These trained tutors support students with foundational skills that they have not mastered and with the grade level content from classes.