The core of the instructional program is made up of the following:
Our language arts program takes a guided reading approach where students are supported via leveled materials, skills, strategies and practice that scaffold the core instruction. Students also engage in the 100 Book Challenge for independent reading practice, at a minimum of 30 minutes a day, both in school and at home. Whenever it is appropriate, reading is combined with writing and other subjects to develop an integrated approach. All ELA instruction is based on the Common Core State Standards.
SpringBoard Pre-AP English Common Core Edition is utilized at these grade levels. Students also engage in the 100 Book Challenge for independent reading practice, at a minimum of 30 minutes a day, both in school and at home. Whenever it is appropriate, reading is combined with writing and other subjects to develop an integrated approach.
The math program used is the Engage NY Common Core Curriculum. Math skills are taught and built upon between grade levels. Math instruction in kindergarten and first grade includes using concrete manipulatives to achieve understanding of concepts. As the students progress through the grades, they apply the skills by solving problems with paper and pencil.
SpringBoard Pre-AP Mathematics with Meaning Common Core Edition is utilized. The program uses a structured approach to a variety of topics such as ratios, percents, equations, inequalities, geometry, graphing and probability to name a few. Algebra is also offered to eligible 8th grade students.
Thomas A Edison Charter School is a member of the Delaware Science Coalition and uses the FOSS (Full Option Science System) Kits. The Science Curriculum is standards-based and stresses the importance of inquiry through the hands-on experience provided by the science kits. Each year, students receive instruction in life science, earth science, and physical science. Students are exposed to the nature of science and the procedures that all scientists follow in their daily work.
Social Studies (K-8)
Thomas A. Edison Charter School is a Delaware Department of Education Social Studies Recommended Curriculum Pilot.
In addition to the core subjects we offer instruction in: Art, Music, Technology, Library, Spanish, and Physical Education.
Reading support is designed for children who are experiencing difficulty learning to read. A reading tutor works with individuals or small groups of children supplementing general classroom instruction.
Thomas Edison Charter School offers special education services to all students who are identified as needing specially designed instruction. A team of professionals discuss, problem solve and recommend intervention necessary to help students be as successful as possible. The interventions may be directed toward the classroom environment, the curriculum, behavior management or the coordination of the home and school’s approach to the student’s leaning process. The trial of interventions is an important part of the screening of students for their need for therapy.