What curriculum do we teach?
New Vision Charter School is a Core Knowledge School that also teaches the Colorado state standards in math, reading, writing and science. (Standards can be found here.) However, our curriculum does not align to the Colorado state standards in social studies, except for fourth grade Colorado History. This means that while our students will learn the state assessed social studies content during their K-8 education, they may not learn it in the same grade level as the state test expects them to. We specifically follow the Core Knowledge Sequence (download available) for social studies, in accordance with our Charter School application and implementation guidelines.
Colorado State assessments are designed to test the Colorado State standards, which encompass the Common Core Standards. Please review the assessment tab to understand more about testing requirements.
- Colorado State Standards– searchable standards tab.
- Core Knowledge alignment to State Standards
- Core Knowledge Foundation– link to Core Knowledge Curriculum Sequence as free download
Classroom Curriculum Maps- Curriculum maps are updated regularly and are expected to reflect what is being taught in the classroom month by month.
K-2 Phonics: RIGGS Phonics
K-6 Reading: Four Blocks (Guided Reading using book sets and Houghton Mifflin Anthologies, Independent Reading with Conferencing, Word Work/Phonics, Writer’s Workshop) Follow the Core Knowledge content expectations and State Standard skills expectations.
7-8 Reading: Follow the Core Knowledge content expectations and State Standard skills expectations.
K-5 Spelling: Month by Month Phonics following the Four Blocks Word Work model.
6-8 Spelling/Morphology: Greek and Latin Roots morphology according to the Core Knowledge Sequence.
K-5 Grammar: DLI (Daily Language Instruction) and Colorado State Standard’s expectations.
K-8 Writing: Writer’s Workshop model supported through the Six +1 Traits of Writing and Step Up to Writing Programs. Every grade level teacher has a minimum of three focused writing pieces aligned to Colorado State Standards and Core Knowledge expectations. These writing pieces are assessed through six-trait rubrics aligned to the standards.
Accelerated Reader- Renaissance Learning
At NVCS, we recognize that parents appreciate the ease of finding AR leveled books. The public library has AR leveled books and our school library also has most of their books leveled according to AR. However, we strive to emphasize that students should be reading “good fit books” rather than “leveled books.” Sometimes a student can read high interest books above their reading level and sometimes they will struggle with books that are not of high interest to the student. Therefor, we conference with students weekly about choosing books that are accessible to them and encourage them to chose books that are a “good fit.” A good fit book is a book that a student can read where the majority of the text is not a struggle to decode. More importantly, a “good fit” book is a book from which a student can carry a meaningful conversation with a peer or the teacher. If either of these important reading skills breaks down, then teachers encourage students to ask their parents to read difficult books to them, rather than allowing the student to read the book during independent reading time. Independent reading time requires that the student be able to access the text independently and be able to discuss the content of what they are reading with the teacher. If you are interested in what your child is reading at school, please ask your child’s classroom teacher to share their conferencing notes with you! We love to brag about what our kids are reading.
New Vision Charter School does not assess students using Accelerated Reader, but since AR levels are easy to understand, below are some links to AR that you may find helpful in finding “good fit books” for your child.
- AR Basic Information
- AR Book Finder
- AR Reading Levels Correlated to Lexile and DRA2
- Loveland Library
Social Studies and History
K-6 History: Pearson Geography and History and text sets to support the curriculum.
K-6 Math: Singapore Math
Pre-Algebra: Holt McDougal Pre-Algebra
Algebra and Geometry: CPM