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KIPP STRIVE Primary believes in a balance of academics and fun. Below is an outline of our proposed academic program, calendar and a sample schedule.
Our Academic Program
KIPP STRIVE Primary will implement a balanced literacy framework across content areas to ensure all students have frequent access to literacy instruction in a myriad of modalities and applications. The extended literacy block each day will afford students no fewer than 180 minutes of literacy instruction daily. Literacy instruction will include distinct blocks to focus on specific aspects of literacy, such as phonics, shared reading, guided reading, reading aloud, independent reading and writing. KSP will utilize Reading Street, Imagine It and Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop curricular programs to plan for and enhance our literacy instruction and to build students’ love of reading through exposure to a variety of engaging literature genres.
KIPP STRIVE Primary believes that conceptual math encourages students to view math as a tool rather than a procedure. In this way, math grows beyond being numbers on a page into being a creative means of thinking. In order to achieve this aim, conceptual math instruction follows a concrete to representational to abstract progression. Using manipulative models, pictorial representations and hands-on experiences students will grow to fully understand and ultimately apply procedural math skills. This approach recognizes, incorporates and builds upon students’ background knowledge in order to engage all students in the development of conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Math instruction will be integrated into homeroom morning meetings through Calendar Math and numeracy activities. Instruction in math includes no fewer than 60 minutes for kindergarten and increases to 90 minutes by second grade. KSP will utilize Everyday Math and Kathy Richardson’s Conceptual Math as curricular resources.
The science curriculum at KSP will be inquiry-based and will utilize a hands-on, lab-centered approach. Students will be encouraged to discover and explore in order to practice the scientific method and master science standards, even as early as kindergarten. The focus will be on both what is known (content) and how students come to know it (process). The best way for students to learn scientific concepts and develop critical thinking skills is through student-led investigations and analyses. Curriculum such as the FOSS program, which is designed to engage students in these processes as they explore the natural world, will be adopted for science. As in all other subjects taught at KSP, literacy skill-building will be integrated into all science instruction.
Social studies curriculum will be integrated into KSP’s writing block. This integration affords additional instructional time for literacy. Social studies curriculum will also be tied to KSP’s character development program, utilizing values-based thematic units.
Summary of the Academic Calendar
KIPP STRIVE Primary students will benefit from additional instructional time through a longer school day, week, and year. Students will attend KSP for approximately 9.5 hours per day, with three additional hours one Saturday each month and an additional two weeks of summer school. This schedule offers over 500 hours of instructional time to KSP students than what they would receive at their traditional district school. Although not all of this time will be spent in explicit skills instruction, KSP students will be immersed in a college-going culture that is building the character and academic skills, which will serve as the foundation for KSP’s students’ success throughout their educational path. The extended day and year will afford KSP families a safe, supportive environment that, for most families, will eliminate the need for after care or other child care during the work day.
Students at KIPP STRIVE Primary might follow a schedule that looks similar to the below sample: