Curriculum provides elementary schools with a strong academic foundation. The focus at the elementary schools, which serve students from preschool to grade five, is to provide a strong foundation in early literacy skill development, as well as opportunities for creative expression, artistic growth, and physical and social development. To support these objectives, the teaching staff at each elementary school includes full-time art and music teachers, reading coaches, and counselors. A physical education teacher provides instruction 1 ½ - 2 days per week.
In grades K-5, a research-based core reading program, Savvas, formerly known as Pearson, has been adopted. A three-tier model of intervention is implemented to help a range of learners. The first tier involves all students receiving on-grade level instruction for at least 90 minutes daily. Fundations have also been introduced to our preschool-2nd grade students to focus on the foundations of reading and writing with daily 30 minute lessons.
Tier I allows teachers to also differentiate instruction for various levels of learning through flexible, guided reading and writing groups. Therefore, high-ability students are challenged while working in a group with the teacher, as well as average and below level learners successfully working with the teacher at their learning level. In addition to the 90-minute core instruction, students who need a little more support receive an additional 30 minutes of strategic, small group instruction in Tier 2. A small percentage of students, approximately 5%, will also need more intensive intervention and will receive an additional 30 minutes of literacy instruction. Elementary students are supported through a variety of methods, with intervention lessons.
GO Math! is used for math instruction. Guided math groups are conducted daily to meet the individual levels of students. Students have access to IXL math and language arts for any extra needed practice driven by Indiana state standards. If elementary parents would like to learn more about curricular programming, please contact the Instructional Coach or Principal at each school.
North Montgomery measures student progress with a standards-based report card. The purpose of reporting this way is to specifically communicate student progress toward mastery of Indiana Academic Standards for a particular grade level. This is valuable information for parents because it shows exactly where a student is doing well and where the student might need additional instruction. Standards-based report cards list the most important skills students should learn in language arts and mathematics within a specific grade level.
Indiana Academic Standards: https://www.in.gov/doe/students/indiana-academic-standards/