Elementary curriculum


Core Knowledge Sequence

All AQS elementary schools utilize the Core Knowledge Sequence, which is aligned with state standards for each grade level in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science, Physical Development and Health, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language. The Core Knowledge Sequence goes beyond state standards by allowing students to be challenged by a rigorous, sequentially structured curriculum, which simultaneously enhances skill development and critical thinking, as well as content mastery. Core Knowledge serves as the foundation for college preparatory work.

Paideia Method

Paideia (pronounced py-dee-a) represents a philosophy and strategy for structuring the school organization and utilizing various teaching strategies and methodologies.

Character Education

Today's children face a complex and troubling world sometimes filled with uncertainties. The traits that we hope to instill are neither readily apparent nor easy to grasp and put into practice. Therefore, our challenge is to provide young people with the self-esteem, energy, and knowledge necessary to survive, be successful and develop into strong, competent, caring, and responsible citizens. The "Character Counts" program along with AQS developed materials are used to teach Character Education.


AQS believes that teaching elementary school students to be successful readers is our most fundamental and highest priority. Each day in all AQS managed schools every teacher and teacher aide becomes a reading teacher/aide for 1.5 hours. Schools currently use "Imagine It", Houghton Mifflin Reading, Balanced Literacy, or McDougall Littell.


Also fundamental to the AQS curriculum is the math program. We use the Saxon Mathematics Series or Everyday Mathematics series which are also supplemented by AQS teacher developed materials.

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