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Elementary (K-5) Curriculum and Standards

The language arts curriculum encompasses the areas of literature, informative texts, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy and language skills. The core curriculum for elementary students is grounded in the state standards with a focus on Math, Science, Social Studies, and English-Language Arts / Literacy. Integrated Units of Study contain both literature units and informational text units.  The literature units include the following for each grade K-5:  A Community Unit (character development), Author Unit and Illustrator Unit.  The informational text units integrate non-fiction reading with science and social studies content, allowing students to research (read, write and publish).  The math curriculum emphasizes key state benchmarks for each trimester as students work towards mastery.  Curriculum for specialist areas beyond the core classroom is also aligned to state and national standards.

Elementary Units of Study

Core content


English language arts (ELA) are all of the communication and language skills and processes people use every day to receive and send information. We receive information through listening, viewing, and reading, and we send information through speaking, non-verbal expression, and auditory, visual, and written representations. The ability to use and understand language is critical to every aspect of students’ lives and their future college and career readiness.- Minnesota Department of Education




Connecting mathematical experiences to the world around them, children are challenged to become increasingly sophisticated in dealing with mathematical concepts. The mathematics curriculum builds on students’ math understanding, skills, and proficiency at each grade level, as appropriate, by integrating concepts such as number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. Students also engage in problem solving, reasoning, and communicating ideas while making connections to the world around them.


Social Studies

We are committed to developing  future citizens who are informed and able to contribute to our democratic system.  The social studies curriculum provides the opportunity for each student to acquire knowledge; gain a deeper appreciation of the commonalities and the diversity which makes our national and world societies culturally unique, and develop skills necessary for responsible social, political and economic participation in a diverse, interdependent and changing world.  A variety of integrated experiences drawing on such disciplines as history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology and anthropology enables students to function effectively and contribute constructively within society.




Science is the active study of the natural and man-made world, including processes, structures, designs, and systems. Science students use their senses and tools to observe, record and analyze data about the world and make conclusions based on evidence. Scientifically literate young people can understand basic science concepts, use skills for doing scientific investigations, solve technical problems, and design technologies for today’s world. – Minnesota Department of Education 

Science Curriculum Belief Statements and Goals



Physical Education

We believe that physical education is an integral component of a student’s education.  Our physical education curriculum is designed to contribute to the lifelong development of the student by providing opportunities that positively impact and increase the intellectual, social, emotional and physical fitness of the student.  It enhances social development by emphasizing personal achievement, character, and integrity through individual and team activities and sports.  Physical education promotes respect for the uniqueness and dignity of self and others through physical activities.

Physical Education Curriculum Beliefs and Goals



Our visual arts curriculum makes valuable connections to the individual, to society, and to culture.  The growing complexity of our contemporary culture requires of every individual a capacity for visual analysis and critique.  In the production and in the contemplation of artworks, we are helped to understand ourselves and the world around us.  Learning through the visual arts develops creative problem-solving skills as students face problems which often have multiple solutions.  Art brings individuals together to share feelings, beliefs and values and develop a sense of community.

Arts (Visual) Curriculum Beliefs and Goals



Our music curriculum is a critical component of our performing arts program that contributes to the lifelong development of the whole student – intellectual, physical, social, and emotional.  Music provides sequential experiences in creating, analyzing, and performing that are an integral component of a quality, comprehensive education.  Music gives students the opportunity to develop their own creative potential while exploring world cultures and one another’s diverse backgrounds.  Music serves as an important form of communication that reflects and affects society, culture, and history.

Performing Arts Curriculum (Music, Dance and Theater) Beliefs and Goals



Media- Elementary

We believe library media education is essential for teaching the whole child. Our elementary media curriculum prepares students to be lifelong learners by developing skills of thinking critically and creatively, collaborating while taking into account a variety of perspectives, collecting, organizing, evaluating and communicating information, and becoming responsible digital citizens. We believe that reading is the foundation for all learning. Media specialists play a vital role in helping to develop literacy competencies in all students and foster the development of lifelong readers.

Media Curriculum Beliefs and Goals


National School Library Standards

World Language

We believe the study of world languages provides students is an important part of a comprehensive education and provides students with the worldwide perspective necessary to become global citizens.  High-quality language learning uses of a variety of technologies that expose students to resources aimed at developing their listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural awareness skills.  Language learning is interdisciplinary by nature and supports success in other academic areas.  Learning another language increases awareness of other cultures, promotes creativity and critical thinking skills, and fosters the learner’s overall development and growth.  The study of world languages enhances personal enrichment and increases opportunities in education and employment.