George Washington Academy Curriculum

George Washington Academy uses the research based, academically rigorous Core Knowledge Sequence (www.coreknowledge.org) to ensure that students meet and exceed the Utah State Core Curriculum. Core Knowledge is a solid, sequential, and specific curriculum, based on the principles of establishing a national cultural literacy, or broad common knowledge base.

The Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30-4:30PM. In the 2020-2021 School Year this committee will be reviewing the GWA Math Curriculum. If you are interested in joining this committee as a Parent Representative please email LaNessa Stevens the committee chair and the GWA Instructional Coach at lstevens@gwacademy.org

 

2020-2021  DATES

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tuesday, Decemeber 1, 2020

Tuesday, February 2, 2020

Tuesday, March 2, 2020

Tuesday, April 6, 2020

Tuesday, May 4, 2020

Members:

The Curriculum Committee includes, but is not limited to:  grade level representatives for each grade level, a school specialist, a member of the administrative team, a member of the Board of Directors, and a parent representative.

Purpose:

The Curriculum Committee’s primary purpose is to continuously improve the educational programs offered to the students at George Washington Academy.  The committee ensures all decisions align with George Washington Academy’s overall mission and vision statements.  In-depth discussions regarding curriculum development, curriculum and/or primary learning materials, and policies related to the improvement/management of curriculum-related topics should be based on research and the expertise of the committee.  After approval by the Curriculum Committee, curricular changes are to be communicated to the staff, community, and Board of Directors.

Guidelines:

Members are expected to abide by the following guidelines:

Bring necessary materials in order to participate and engage in conversations.

Accurately reflect the opinions and ideas of the grade level/committee/group he/she is representing.

Take notes throughout the meeting, to accurately recall/reiterate/convey the information accurately to team members and reflect the tone in which the decisions/discussions were made.

Follow the outlined voting procedures.

Conduct conversation in a professional and constructive manner. 

 

Core Knowledge is used to teach science, social studies, health, history, geography, music, and visual arts. Core Knowledge’s best attributes can be summed up in the three S’s: solid, sequential, and specific. Each academic year builds upon information attained during the previous years, avoiding heavy repetition and gaps. By clearly specifying important information in the core areas, teachers, parents, and students will have well defined academic goals for each grade level. Core Knowledge is research based and proven to be effective at meeting and exceeding Utah and National Standards.

To download the full Core Knowledge Sequence for grades K- 7, click here.

George Washington Academy uses Saxon math, an accelerated math program that relies heavily on incremental learning. Students systematically practice attained skills, through paper and pencil activities, as well as math games and the use of manipulatives. Daily practice continues until a skill is mastered and assessed, and then a greater incremental skill is introduced. On a typical day, students are instructed as a group, then guided through practice sessions, complete independent practice activities, and reinforce the lessons through appropriate homework, with assessment occurring formally and informally throughout the process.

GWA uses the Core Knowledge reading program in conjunction with many other resources. If parents wish to prepare their children for enrollment in George Washington Academy , we suggest selecting from the following booklist, according to the PREVIOUS grade level of the student. The booklist is not comprehensive, but is helpful to acquaint families with appropriate reading expectations. We strongly advise that parents read with their student daily, and encourage him/her also to read independently.

1st Grade:

  • Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne

2nd Grade:

  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  • Charlotte ‘s Web, E.B. White
  • Peter Pan, James M. Barrie

3rd grade:

  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
  • Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  • The Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum

4th Grade:

  • Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
  • The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving
  • Pollyanna, Eleanor H. Porter
  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  • Treasure Island , Robert Louis Stevenson

5th grade:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  • Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Young People (ed. Diane Davis)

6th grade:

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
  • Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
  • Julius Caesar for Young People, (ed. Diane Davis)
  • The Secret Garden , Frances Hodgson Burnett

7th Grade:

  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Short Stories:
    • "The Gift of the Magi", O. Henry
    • "The Necklace", Guy de Maupassant
    • "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", James Thurber
    • "The Tell-Tale Heart"; "the Purloined Letter", Edgar Allen Poe

 

ENROLL Today

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available for students entering Kindergarten through 7th grade. These applications are valid for students turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020.

The lottery for the 2021-2022 school year will take place on February 1, 2021. All applications received after January 31st will be added to the waitlist and applicants will be contacted as open spots become available.