The Center City PCS Curriculum
Center City Public Charter School provides students with a liberal arts education that is designed to foster the growth and development of the whole child. By taking a whole child approach, we envisioned our curriculum to encompass the following competencies:
- Core Content
- Character Education
- Community Exploration
- Service Learning
- Authentic Experiences
Our liberal arts education provides scholars with rich and authentic learning experiences in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education and a variety of enrichment classes, including visual arts, music, dance, STEM, and foreign language. Scholars receive character education through morning meetings, as well as a school-wide focus or study of one of our ten core values each month. This year, we adopted the Every Child Ready (ECR) curriculum to provide our PreK scholars with a literacy-rich education designed to meet their unique developmental needs.
Curriculum at a Glance
The K-8 curriculum at Center City Public Charter Schools is designed to intentionally drive student achievement and to engage, challenge and meet the diverse needs of all of our scholars. Driven by our mission to not only set scholars up for success on the rigorous PARCC assessment, but to also equip them with the critical thinking skills of 21st century learners. We want our students to thrive in college and beyond, so we designed our curriculum to bridge the gap between our current student achievement data and the high expectations for student outcomes driven by the Common Core State Standards.
K-8 English Language Arts
Our ELA curriculum is deeply rooted in two simple beliefs: first, that scholars need significant “time in text” and second, that a true love of reading must be at the core of each and every classroom. Driven by these beliefs, we designed a curriculum that prioritizes the major shifts in instruction driven by the adaptation of the Common Core State Standards – scholars will spend a significant amount of time reading the right texts closely and analytically, as well as identifying the most effective evidence from texts to form strong analyses and arguments. In grades K-2, scholars are securing foundational skills and engaging in text-based discussions through the Core Knowledge Language Arts program (CKLA), while scholars in grades 3-8 will meet the demands of the Common Core by engaging with authentic, high-interest literature that increases in complexity across the year. The ELA curriculum is complemented by the Write Steps Writing program in grades K-5, which provides scholars with an additional 45 minutes each day to explicitly learn and apply the best practices of a writer.
The Center City curriculum draws heavily on the Engage NY/Eureka mathematics curriculum for grades K-8. The Engage NY curriculum prioritizes the major work of each grade level, as designated by the PARCC Model Content Framework, thus allowing significant time for scholars to engage in higher levels of mathematical performance – to persevere in problem solving, to reason using various mathematical strategies, and to reflect on mistakes, processes and solutions. Each unit includes opportunities for students to develop procedural skills and fluency while building a solid, conceptual understanding of foundational mathematics content. With a deep conceptual understanding of the content and daily opportunities to apply the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices, scholars are empowered to engage in mathematical discussions and to build a level of mathematical literacy that will follow them to high school. The Center City curriculum is supplemented in grades K-5 with My Math and in grades 6-8 with Glencoe Math.
We designed a science curriculum that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and embodies the dual nature of science: a body of deep content knowledge and the processes and practices used to add to that body of knowledge. In middle school, scholars learn the key components of Earth, Life, and Physical sciences while being challenged to solve real world problems, analyze data in context and share their findings with their peers. These particular areas of focus are sufficiently rich to allow scholars to understand systems and subsystems, the nature of interactions, and how humans interact with the living and nonliving world for positive and negative outcomes, while also building their literacy, mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills. Scholars learn early about the scientific process and are asked to apply this process of disciplined inquiry and experimentation to a science project of their choosing. All students in Pre-K through 2nd grade will work on whole class science projects and students in 3rd through 8th grade will work on group or individual science projects. These projects are showcased for parents and visitors at the annual Center City PCS Science Fair.
MS Social Studies
Our social studies curriculum is built around the Core Knowledge Sequence in grades K-5, which describes the content students should know at each grade level throughout the course of their education. In middle school, the curriculum is designed with the focus on complex primary and secondary sources which require accurate citation of visual and textual evidence. Our curriculum emphasizes the determination of central ideas, summarization, citation, inferencing, and analysis in order to build the critical thinking skills necessary for scholars to develop and defend historically accurate arguments in both written and oral response format.
1st Grade ELA
1st Grade Math
2nd and 3rd Grades ELA
2nd and 3rd Grades Math
4th and 5th Grade Science and Social Studies
4th and 5th Grades Math
Middle School (6th, 7th and 8th grades) ELA and Social Studies
Middle School (6th, 7th and 8th grades) Science
Middle School (6th, 7th and 8th grades) Math