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Curriculum

The Center for Advanced Learning’s curriculum is based on the California content standards specifying what students must master each academic year. The curriculum is aligned with the academic performance and content standards of the California State Board of Education and supplemented by proven research-based curriculum models. Where appropriate and practical, the curriculum is project-based. These elements ensure that the Center for Advanced Learning offers a highly focused curriculum for all students coupled with a creative, stimulating, learning environment.

Our curriculum gives children the opportunity to become natural learners. We believe that growth is developmental and the Center for Advanced Learning is prepared to assist students at different developmental levels socially and emotionally. We understand that children learn best when they are engaged in activities and studies of interest to them. In addition to meeting California state-mandated curriculum standards, the Center for Advanced Learning provides students with the opportunity to learn a second language, experience other cultures, and understand the challenges that they face in a global society.

The school encourages students to use problem-solving and critical-thinking skills not only in the classroom but in social engagements as well. The school fosters a learning community in which students experience respect for their sustained efforts as well as their immediate successes.

The curriculum is developmentally appropriate as it is based on a developmental model that holds that children have identifiable stages of development and their education must be appropriate to the specific stages of development. The school has specific standards-based curriculum for each grade level. The curriculum outcome standard of the school is that all students function at or above grade level in areas of reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The core curriculum consists of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition students participate in physical education, and technology.

The curriculum is designed to allow each child the opportunity to communicate and to develop an interest in culturally diverse literature and other reading materials. Emphasis is on acquiring basic skills using sequential learning standards. Through the utilization of cooperative and flexible learning strategies, participation in small group activities promotes positive social development, responsibility, and academic interaction.

Innovative teaching plans provide activities to build visual, auditory, and kinesthetic skills for students who learn best through seeing, hearing and movement. These activities employ one or more modalities to build sound-symbol association skills and provide lively and engaging ways to capitalize on children’s individual intellectual strengths and learning styles.