At SRA, we are committed to the academic achievement of our students. Our curriculum addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. They graduate well-prepared for success in high school and beyond.
Core Knowledge Curriculum
SRA's curriculum, the Core Knowledge Sequence, encompasses language arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, fine arts, and physical education. The curriculum is characterized by knowledge that is:
- Solid—lasting, unchanging knowledge such as important events of world history
- Sequenced—a planned progression building on students' previous knowledge and eliminating excessive repetition and gaps
- Specific—clearly defined knowledge at each grade level ensuring fairness for all students
- Shared—providing all students, regardless of background, with the shared knowledge they need to be included in our national literate culture
Spalding Language Arts
We teach the Spalding method, which provides "explicit, sequential, multisensory instruction in spelling (including phonics and handwriting), writing, and listening/reading comprehension." Our investigation of Spalding suggests that it is the best and most cost-effective research-based systematic phonics instruction program.
Spalding integrates instruction in spelling, writing, comprehension, and literature. At the higher grade levels, emphasis shifts to literature, writing, and advanced reading, study, and comprehension skills.
Accelerated Saxon Math
The Saxon philosophy believes that "people learn by doing." The two most important aspects of the Saxon program are the "incremental development of mathematics and continuous practice." Many mathematics skills take a long time to develop. With Saxon, we give our students the opportunity to develop and to master these skills with the practice the problem sets provide.
At SRA, we consider these "specials" an integral part of our students' education. We closely integrate character education, technology, library, Spanish, art, and music with the Core Knowledge curriculum. We also integrate physical education, based on age-appropriate learning of "lifelong" skills.
Because we recognize the value of second-language learning at an early age, we teach Spanish, beginning in kindergarten and continuing on a regular basis through every grade.