Our curriculum follows the New Mexico Common Core State Standards for each grade level. Our experienced and savvy teachers incorporate enhanced and creative teaching methods to ensure student engagement and high-academic achievement. Our school also utilizes Differentiated Instruction Groups (DIG), which ensure that students are being taught at their current academic level, regardless of their age or grade. Teachers identify a student’s current academic level utilizing a variety of objective and subjective evaluation tools; short-cycle assessments (objective), classwork (objective), and personal interaction with the student and parents (subjective). For students in 4th through 8th grades, teachers also utilize individual results form the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment, currently named TAMELA.
Our classroom teachers teach the following core subjects:
Students also attend related arts/"specials" for at least one-hour each week.
Each “special” has has a dedicated related arts teacher.
The related arts are:
Ask your child or child's classroom teacher when they attend "specials", so you can start a conversation about what they do in school each day. It helps to start the conversation with specific questions instead of just asking, "what did you do in school today?" and hearing "nothing" from your child. You'd be surprised how much they will open-up and engage if you ask specific questions that vary each day.
The ultimate goal is to ensure that your child is learning at the best of their ability. Please speak with your child’s teacher if you think your child could benefit from additional academic support. Your child’s teacher can give them extra help in the classroom or refer them to another teacher for extra help. The same applies for students performing above grade level. A variety of these extra services may be provided by a resource teacher, a reading interventionist, or the gifted education teacher. Students must be screened and meet certain criteria to qualify for the extra support. Again, start the conversation with your child’s teacher.
Please visit the following links for more information on what your child is learning and how you can support the classroom at home.
Common Core standards provide a road map for teachers and parents of academic standards that must be taught and ideally learned during the school year. Common Core standards were developed to ensure that all students from across the United States graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship. All public schools in the United States are required to teach the Common Core standards. As you click on the links below, you’ll notice that there are specific topics that must be covered each school year. How the topics are taught is entirely up to your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher develops their own creative and engaging lesson plans based on the Common Core standards. SFPS also provides teachers with curriculum maps that provide resources to ensure the standards are being covered each year.
Based on the following example, you’ll note that during the four quarters of the school year, 7th-grade teachers will teach the following Math standards:
Operations with Rational Numbers and the Number System
Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Expressions and Equations
Statistics and Probability