High Point Academy’s elementary program consists of kindergarten through fifth-grade. Teachers use hands-on learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) lessons and classroom projects to engage students. Teachers will implement the current adopted SC Standards with clear expectations for each student and grade level. To help support the mastery of these standards, we utilize Great Mind's Eureka curriculum for Mathematics and follow a Balanced Literacy approach for ELA instruction.
Each elementary student will use an online program (i-Ready
) to help reduce gaps in knowledge and state expectations. The Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment (F&P) is also used to determine a student’s instructional level in reading. The F&P is administered individually to students by teachers or the reading interventionists. Students read a selection (or selections) and then retell what they have read to the examiner. As the levels increase, so does the difficulty level for each selection. This information is used to guide instruction during Reader's Workshop.
In 3rd-5th grades, students will take the SC PASS
and SC READY
state standardized tests. These tests will help to track the progress of each child, as well as teacher performance, for specific grades. High Point Academy will use the data for every student to target their strengths and weaknesses and help them be more successful.
Students receive additional instruction from Academic Arts teachers in music, piano, physical education, dance, art, library, and STEAM Lab. These Academic Arts classes are built into their daily schedule. The goal in elementary academic arts class is to expose students to a variety of arts. Once they enter middle school, students can select academic arts classes that best suit their interests.