Curriculum includes everything that goes into the content of teaching various subjects to students. The core curriculum at Salem includes religion, math, science, social studies, language arts (reading, writing, listening and speaking), foreign language, technology, physical education, art and music.
- Curriculum is assessed in the classroom by the outcomes of student work,
quarterly benchmarks and annual national standardized testing. Students
are benchmarked three times a year using Dibels to monitor individual
and classroom progress in math and language arts. Based on the results
of testing, adjustments to the standard curriculum are made as needed,
sometimes within the five year cycle to best meet the needs of the
- The standard curriculum is differentiated for those students needing more
challenging programs through academic competitions and
- High school credit can be earned for Spanish 1, Art 1, Business Information Management and Communications Application. These courses offer more depth and breadth of curriculum and require more intense study.
- Middle school math courses are determined by
individual math placement testing and include pre algebra, algebra and
- The standard curriculum is also differentiated and modified for those students with professional diagnoses necessitating IEP’s.
THE ART OF TEACHING
Research has shown that a student-centric, experience-based approach to education results in students performing above gradel level expectations. The instruction of curriculum includes research-based strategies that are proven to be successful. Understanding each child’s learning style and their motivational factors involves students in their own learning process. Our teachers are trained extensively in the successful delivery of the curriculum material. They are encouraged to be creative and use their unique abilities to meet student needs and interests.
WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION
Skills such as conversation, responsive listening, handshakes and eye contact are taught along with math, reading and spelling. Students are taught life skills such as prioritzing tasks, staying organized, working with a group and problem solving. Instructional strategies include collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, project learning, focus and writing.