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ACADEMICS

High expectations drive the work we do daily.  The Indiana State Standards are the foundation of teaching and learning to ensure our young people are prepared for the rigor of state and national assessments.  Our teachers promote a culture of achievement and implement instructional strategies that are proven to have the greatest positive impact on scholar achievement.

LANGUAGE ARTS

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In general, the aim of reading instruction at The PATH School is to meet the needs of each scholar.  The focus of young readers is to: 

  1. learn the foundational skills of reading. 

  2. appreciate, value the importance of and develop a passion for reading and the craft of writing across all genres and through multiple mediums; 

  3. think and respond critically to a multitude of texts as new information is sought through evaluation, analysis, and synthesis considering multiple viewpoints, and 

  4. engage in meaningful scholar-to-scholar discourse respecting a variety of diverse perspectives. 

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Grade 4 - Grade 5

Grade 6 - Grade 8

Tutoring

EARLY LITERACY

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In February of 2022, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) published Indiana’s Priorities for Early Literacy, which presented a rigorous analysis and set of goals to address the concern of literacy rates for Hoosier students. This plan presented a vision and mission for the future of Indiana’s literacy accomplishments, which include an emphasis on science of reading, a term used to describe the body of research on reading, its development, and best practices for its instruction.

Science of reading describes research about “reading, reading development, and best practices for reading instruction” (Petscher et al., 2020). Researchers, particularly scientists who study the brain, have determined that carefully-ordered instruction in the essential components of reading: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension works best in reading instruction. The focus of Indiana’s Priorities for Early Literacy is to help educators better understand science of reading to identify and implement effective instructional practices that can prevent reading difficulties and support literacy progress.

The PATH School Reading Plan for 2024-2025

MATHEMATICS

The general aim of mathematics instruction is to develop the ability to perform number operations with skill and understanding. The program recognizes the individual differences in children, and provides learning situations to meet these individual differences. Emphasis in the mathematics program is placed on problem solving, reasoning skills, geometry, probability, and statistics, as well as the use of calculators and computers. Computational skills are important at all levels. Manipulatives are used to build basic (foundational) understandings that are vital to concept development.

Kindergarten - Grade 5

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SOCIAL STUDIES / HUMANITIES

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Through inquiry in social studies, The PATH School strives for scholars to be involved in meaningful experiences that they will retain and apply throughout life to be a contributing member of society. Scholars will acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and mindset to make informed decisions in a global environment while understanding others’ perspectives. In social studies, scholars inquire about topics and intentionally use 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Scholars make connections to their learning in relation to self, the world and their ability to make an impact. Scholars also use technology as a tool to access information and support their inquiries about past, present and future.

Grade 5 

  • IMPACT Social Studies, McGraw-Hill 

 

Grade 6 

 

Grade 7 

 

Grade 8 

SCIENCE

Through inquiry in science, The PATH School seeks to create an appreciation of the wonders of the world in which we live and an understanding of the methods and importance of science and the scientist in our culture. Science instruction should enable learners to apply what they learn. Science instruction should allow scholars to participate in hands-on and inquiry-based learning that supports what they learn in the content area.

Grade 4 

 

Grade 6 - Grade 8 

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HIGH ABILITY

The High Ability Program is designed for scholars recognized for their exceptional capabilities, specifically targeting rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. This program aims to foster intellectual growth, creativity, and critical thinking skills in young learners who demonstrate exceptional academic potential.

OUR HIGH ABILITY PROGRAM OFFERS A RIGOROUS AND ENRICHED CURRICULUM DESIGNED TO CHALLENGE AND ENGAGE YOUNG SCHOLARS.

English Language Arts (ELA): Advanced literacy skills, critical analysis, and creative expression.

Mathematics: In-depth exploration of mathematical concepts and problem-solving techniques.

Our self-contained class, with a maximum of 20 scholars, provides a comprehensive curriculum covering ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The classroom features flexible seating arrangements, small group instruction, and dedicated independent work time to cater to diverse learning styles and promote academic excellence.

Science: Hands-on experiments and inquiry-based learning to foster scientific thinking.

Social Studies: Comprehensive study of history, geography, and cultural awareness.

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