The goal of IDEA Academy schools is to prepare students for success in our rigorous College Prep environment beginning in 6th grade. To achieve this ambitious goal, IDEA Public Schools provides our students with a rigorous and holistic curriculum approach in all subjects.
English Language Arts (ELA) in grades K-5 at IDEA is composed of a few different curriculum components: a knowledge-building ELAR curriculum; Direct Instruction- Reading Mastering Transformations; and explicit writing instruction. With these resources combined, IDEA uses our ELA programming to ensure that our Academy students are prepared to be successful college graduates who will be culturally responsive citizens who excel in collaboration, critical and creative thinking, and communication. See below for details for our ELA curriculum:
IDEA is dedicated to preparing students to get to and through college-level mathematics through a rigorous, vertically aligned mathematics program. This ambitious goal requires a conceptual approach to mathematics that often extends beyond the state’s requirements and standards. To ensure this begins with our earliest learners, our K-5 students will utilize Eureka Math, please see below for details.
IDEA’s Social Studies programming in grades K-5 prepares our students to analyze complex moments in human history to deepen our students understanding of today’s society and their own identities. Students engage with social studies content through an expanding environments approach anchored in read aloud texts, close reading, writing opportunities, and projects. In K-2, students study their own identity, their families and families around the world, and communities near, far, past, and present. In 3-5, students follow state-specific social studies course sequences. While the content of these courses varies with focus on a combination of state history, United States history, world history, geography, and civics, courses are designed to meet state requirements and be a pathway toward our college preparatory social studies course sequence.
IDEA’s Science programming in grades K-5 ensures that our students are prepared to study for and succeed in a STEM field and contribute as a scientifically literate citizen. Our Academy courses are geared towards building student’s love of science through engaging labs while ensuring rigorous student practice and individualized support. Please see the details below of what our students learn throughout their IDEA Academy experience.