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Preschool through 8th Grade

Elementary Curriculum


LCCDS offers a fundamental academic curriculum in a supportive environment. Our curriculum is designed to meet the individual levels of each student, encouraging and challenging their academic growth.

LCCDS offers a balanced literacy program with equal emphasis on reading and writing. Reading is taught using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys, which is a literacy program designed around the NCTE Standards. By integrating the standards into every lesson, the program enables educators to engage and educate students effectively and efficiently and ensures learner success. Writing is a critical part of the balanced literacy curriculum from kindergarten through fourth grade. It is taught through TCRWP Writing Workshop. Spelling is taught through Journeys, as well as through the students’ Writing Workshop writing. Grammar is taught through the writing process, as well as through Journeys in grade K-3 and Sadlier–Oxfords’ Grammar Workshop in fourth grade.

Mathematics is taught using a manipulative-based program called Everyday Mathematics by the University of Chicago. This is a hands-on approach to learning math, which allows for the individual progress of each child and challenges that child at his or her level. By using manipulatives, children gain a stronger foundation of the number of concepts being taught than by rote memorization. The Everyday Mathematics program is constantly being reviewed and revised with the real classroom teacher and student input.

The curriculum is designed with an integrated thematic approach, which allows the study of science and social studies to be incorporated into other areas of the curriculum.

Science is divided into three areas: Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Each year students investigate these areas building upon their prior knowledge. The fourth and fifth-grade science textbook is ScienceFusion from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing.

Social Studies is divided into the following areas: geography, history, citizenship, economics, and cultures. Students explore these areas in greater detail each year. Kindergarten and first grade study various Native American tribes. A history timeline begins in second grade with the study of Jamestown and the Pilgrims. Third grade studies American History of the 1700s including the American Revolution. Fourth grade continues the timeline by studying the 1800’s, including the Civil War and the Western Movement. The study is supplemented with The United States: Making a New Nation by Harcourt Publishing. This timeline continues into Middle School, as fifth grade studies the 1900’s from the Industrial Revolution through current world events. The textbook for this study is The United States: Civil War to Present by Harcourt Publishing.

LCCDS is known for its well-rounded academic program which also includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and 21st Century Learning.

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