Preparing Our Scholars for College and Career Readiness
“With students, parents, and teachers all on the same page and working together toward shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.” — Common Core Standards, 2009
English Language Arts
UHCS utilizes the Houghton Mifflin Holt Journeys and Collections English Language Arts Curriculum for Grades K-8. It is a comprehensive curriculum which provides instruction and practice for all strands of ELA instruction: close reading of authentic, complex text; writing to sources; process writing; speaking and listening activities; academic vocabulary development; and grammar lessons. Assessments inform instruction, providing intervention and enrichment opportunities for all students to learn and grow. During the 2018-2019, the IReady Reading and Writing program will be used to supplement the Journeys/Collections curriculum.
University Heights has adopted the Singapore Primary Math, Common Core Edition curriculum to develop critical thinking and mathematical mastery in the Lower School (Grades K-2). Scaffolding and problem solving are used to convey math concepts progressively from introduction to understanding to fluency. It is where content meets pedagogy. Assessments inform instruction, providing intervention and enrichment opportunities for all students to learn and grow. During the 2018-2019, the IReady math program will be used to supplement the Singapore math curriculum.
STAR Reading, Early Literacy and Math K-8
The STAR Assessment is used to measure students’ reading and math skills across the Lower School (K-2). This provides teachers and administration with helpful information on the individual ability, progress, and growth of each child that can guide their instruction and assessment accordingly. Teachers can also gather resources to support student learning in areas where students can be enriched or strengthened. For grades K-2, students take the STAR diagnostic assessment at the beginning of each year, and then at the end of each grading quarter. Student performance on the assessments are used to measure growth in reading and math skills and informs instructional enrichment or skill building groups and activities.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers PARCC Information (Grades 3-11)
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is an assessment for students in Grades 3-8. Students are assessed in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. The computer-based assessments give teachers, schools, students, and parents for whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school. The assessments also give teachers tools to better customize learning to meet the individualized needs of their students
Instructional Technology Grades K-2