We have used the Core Knowledge Sequence as our core curriculum for over 11 years. The idea behind Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. This insight, well-established by cognitive science (click here for the research) has profound implications for teaching and learning. Thinking critically, our nation’s most important goal for education, is a function of the depth and breadth of our knowledge.
By outlining the content that every child should learn in language arts and literature, history, geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual arts, the Core Knowledge Sequence identifies the foundational knowledge every child needs to reach these goals and teach it, grade-by-grade, year-by-year, in a coherent, age-appropriate sequence. You can download the entire sequence for free here. Research concerning the effectiveness of the sequence is here.
St. Paul curriculum exceeds the requirements established by the Common Core Standard, and the State of California, through the use of Core Knowledge Curriculum. This curriculum provides the foundation for academic excellence and a progression of knowledge from grade to grade. The Core Knowledge, when combined with Common Core mandated skills provides educators with a well rounded curriculum. Art history, classic literature, world civilization, music, proverbs, math and science are a few of the strands students will study as they move from grade to grade.
Core Virtue Curriculum is a literature base moral development program in grades K-5. The program goal is the cultivation of character through the promotion of basic moral, civic and intellectual virtues. We employ a three year rotation of virtues in order to add variety and to stress the breadth of moral vision that we want all children to make their own.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS): Starting in the 2006-2007 school year, all St. Paul students took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). From its beginning in 1935, the emphasis in the program has been on the use of ITBS results for instructional purposes. To that end, a vast number of school districts – both public and private – have voluntarily participated in this program annually since its inception. Over 70 years, the assessment has been known for its validity, reliability, and consistency. This allows St. Paul’s parents and teachers to have a high level of confidence in its effectiveness in evaluating students’ progress allowing the school to continually improve teaching methods.