The Academic Program is comprised of standards pulled from the Massachusetts Frameworks Incorporating the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, the Massachusetts Frameworks for Science and Social Studies and the Core Knowledge Sequence. Teachers use these standards to create and implement dynamic, hands on learning experiences for their students.
In kindergarten through second grade, our students are taught the four content area subjects (Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies) by one classroom teacher. In third and fourth grade students are taught Math and English Language Arts as well as one additional content, Science or Social Studies, by their homeroom teacher. The remaining content area subject is taught by a partner teacher at that same grade level. Teachers use these standards to create and implement dynamic, hands on learning experiences for their students.
Students participate in a daily 90-minute literacy block using the Wonders reading program by McGraw Hill. Each literacy block includes whole class instruction as well as small readiness-based reading groups. Students receive the benefit of both individualized and small group reading support to work on specific skills, as well as whole group instruction aligned to the Common Core.
Eureka presents mathematics as a coherent body of knowledge and follows a learning progression that develops true math fluency in students. It instills deep, conceptual understanding that builds as students advance through grade-levels and allows them to become strategic and flexible problem solvers.
The BFCCPS science curriculum is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Next Generation Science Standards. Through this hands-on curriculum, students become experimenters, investigators, problem solvers, and engineers within the life, physical and Earth sciences.
Social Studies Curriculum:
Students participate in thematic units of study built on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Through the grade levels the curriculum progresses from basic concepts of community and citizenship, expands outward to Massachusetts state history and then North American geography, finally culminating with the historical study of the United States including the American Revolution and Civil War. Hands on projects are used as opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding on these topics to the school community.
In fifth grade students are taught Math and English Language Arts as well as one additional content, Science or Social Studies, by their homeroom teacher. The remaining content area subject is taught by a partner teacher at that same grade level.
In sixth grade, students are taught on a team of two teachers with one that teaches math and science and another that teaches ELA and social studies.
In seventh and eighth grades, the students are taught on a team of four teachers, each specializing in a content area. They rotate among the four teachers on a daily basis, and have the same four teachers for both grades.
English Language Arts:
Students participate in lessons of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking and research skills. Teachers choose a variety of reading materials that align with the Common Core State Standards. Students have experience with novels, short stories, poetry, and various forms of non-fiction texts as well, including primary sources whenever available. Writing is integral to the success of our students, and takes place in every class that is taught at the school, from ELA to math, to French, art and music. It is expected that our eighth grade students will be able to independently complete various research projects utilizing a solid foundation of writing skills, including appropriately citing sources.
Our students in fifth and sixth grades continue with the Eureka Math program. Eureka presents mathematics as a coherent body of knowledge and follows a learning progression that develops true math fluency in students. It instills deep, conceptual understanding that builds as students advance through grade-levels and allows them to become strategic and flexible problem solvers.
Pre-Algebra and Algebra are offered for our seventh and eighth graders, respectively using the Big Ideas program. We have also begun offering an elective course in geometry for those students who qualify to take the extra math class. Students who enroll in Geometry take this class concurrently with their Algebra class.
Our students participate in general science classes. The curriculum is designed to foster the scientific method, and allow for our students to participate in hands on, investigative activities in the areas of: biology, chemistry, physics, Earth and Space, genetics, and life sciences. Students participate in the BFCCPS Science Fair yearly, and each year are faced with unique challenges such as building a Rube Goldberg type machine that will turn the page of a book, or designing and building their own Roller Coaster. These projects foster an understanding of the scientific method as well as a student’s creativity.
Social Studies Curriculum:
Students participate in thematic units of study for social studies topics based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In sixth and seventh grades they learn the basics of world geography and the ancient civilizations that occupied the different regions over a two-year course of study. In eighth grade students study the roots and foundations of democratic government that supports them in upholding their civic responsibilities as they enter adulthood.