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Core Academic Programs

Language Arts

California Treasures

The program is aligned to national and state standards and offers data driven lessons that meets the needs of all students; English learners, on grade level, approaching and beyond.

 

In addition to that all teachers will be continuing to:

  • Teach the Thinking Maps to organize ideas and break down concepts
  • Differentiate instruction using the Depth and Complexity Icons

DIBELS: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through grade three. They are designed to be short (one minute) measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. These skills predict later reading success.

 

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

DIBELS has three benchmark assessments throughout the school year. The first benchmark is given in the beginning of the year (BOY). The second benchmark assessment is given in the middle of the ear (MOY) and the third benchmark assessment is given at the end of the year (EOY). 

 

Write ... from the Beginning

This writing curriculum is new to Colfax for the 2016 - 2017 school year.  It is a developmental writing program for Kindergarten through 5th Grade focused on those criteria necessary for successful writing achievement beyond the elementary years.

The program includes both narrative and expository writing, each utilizing the Thinking Maps. Teachers build upon and extend the instruction of previous grades by using Modeled Instruction, Improvement Rubrics, and Focused Mini-Lessons. The resultant effect is a common, targeted focus and school-wide accountability which creates an expectation of high student writing achievement on state and local writing tests.

 

Student Benefits:

  • Students will become familiar with the terminology and concepts related to effective writing
  • Students will be able to self-assess their writing performance and articulate a plan for improvement
  • Students will use Thinking Maps cooperatively and independently to organize and plan for writing

Mathematics

My Math, ST Math, Singapore Math, Eureka Math

At Colfax Charter, our mathematics program seeks to immerse students in solid math principals based in real world situations. A variety of innovative programs make our math curriculum engaging for all students across the grade levels. 

 

Using the new My Math series, students access the California Common Core Mathematics Standards in interactive learning modules meant to engage, assess, and reinforce skills in a variety of modalities.  Technology components bring math concepts to life through interactive games and videos, and allow teachers to differentiate instruction based on the needs of each student.  

 

Additionally, through the generous support of our parent organizations, 2nd-5th graders participate in the ST Math Mind program; a research-based, comprehensive, supplemental math program that uses math games to reinforce problem solving skills. 

Science

All Colfax students have the opportunity to utilize our Science Lab!  Classes go to the science lab with their teachers to conduct experiments, engage in the scientific method and access the FOSS materials.  We have a full time science lab assistant that assists the teachers in lesson preparation and execution.  

 

Colfax is also lucky to have a full functioning farm and garden.  This allows for unique, hands on learning experiences in science related activities. 

 

As we transition into the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), student have more opportunity to explore the disciplinary core ideas (content), scientific and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts.