English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science in PK - 8th Grade
Using the EL Education Curriculum, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to English Language Arts, using expedition modules based on a relevant Science or Social Studies topics.
In Grades PK - 2, students engage in the EL Education Skills Block Curriculum to learn systematic phonics concepts that will prepare them to be proficient readers who can navigate complex texts as they head into upper elementary school. In addition to the EL Education Curriculum, students are assigned Associated Press articles differentiated to their specific reading levels to engage current events related to their expedition and other topics of interest. Additionally, our PK - 2 students have access to Smarty Ants, a phonics practice program, differentiated for each student's individual needs.
In Grades 3 - 5, students engage in the EL Education Additional Language and Literacy Block Curriculum to ensure students solidify foundational literacy skills before middle school and increase their voice through learning to engage with academic vocabulary and dive deeply into complex texts. Additionally, our upper elementary students are assigned Associated Press articles that are aligned perfectly with their individualized reading levels through the Achieve 3000 program.
In Grades 6 - 8, students continue to use the Achieve 3000 program to read about current events that relate to their expeditions and other topics of interest. This ensures that their ability to engage complex texts continue to strengthen as they prepare for high school level material. During the middle school years, Inspire Academy students also continue to hone the writing skills developed in elementary school to build more independence into their writing that cites evidence and engages multiple perspectives.
At the elementary and middle school levels, it is most important that students become scientific thinkers who learn to engage the research practices of the social sciences and the scientific method of the physical and biological sciences. Our approach is focused on developing the way students process material, as opposed telling them what to think about various topics.
Mathematics in PK - 5th Grade
Using the Math Learning Center Curriculum, our students engage in daily practice of mathematical foundations through Number Corner. Just like students need to develop fluency in reading, they also need to develop fluency in numbers and numerical concepts. Our students then work to solve deeper, inquiry-based mathematical problems through Bridges in Mathematics. This portion of the curriculum focuses on building mathematical thinkers! When appropriate, math is incorporated into our multi-disciplinary expeditions so that students understand the real-world application of mathematics in every day life.
Physical Education & Fine Arts in K - 8
At Inspire Academy students participate in comprehensive art classes, but more importantly, art is incorporated into their multi-disciplinary expeditions. Our core content teachers and our art teacher work together to identify ways that students can use art to further process and represent the concepts they are learning in the general education classroom. Students learn scientific drawing processes that focus on representing detail of animal and plant life with accuracy and precision.
Students also participate in routine physical education classes that encourage healthy, active lifestyles through the use of conditioning, games, and skills practice. Our PE teacher uses the Indiana State Standards to guide lessons for a comprehensive foundation of developing physical agility and coordination in our students.
In preschool, PE and Art are incorporated by the classroom teacher.