Science: Our strong science program utilizes a hands-on, in lab, get dirty, make mistakes approach that allows our students to learn at the highest levels. Students work lab experiments as well as receive instruction through the classroom. IB units of inquiry focus a great deal on science objectives and our teachers use a number of supplemental materials, including hands-on science kits to teach more isolated skills.
Reading & Language Arts: Foster Elementary implements a guided reading program that is based on the idea that students should be instructed based at their current reading level. After assessments are done, staff members communicate to parents the level of the student in the area of independent and instructional reading, considering fluency and comprehension, as well as accuracy and expanded vocabulary. Our approach to spelling is also developmental and differentiated for instructional levels.
Math: Foster Elementary has chosen to utilize Go Math as the primary instructional math program. This program includes time for whole-group instruction as well as small group, partner, or individual activities. These activities balance teacher-directed instruction with opportunities for open-ended, hands-on explorations, long-term projects and on-going practice. Teachers provide additional supplements such as Everyday Counts, Envision, and others as needed by individual students. Technological support comes through Go Math, First in Math, and a variety of educational math websites. Common formative and summative assessments help guide teachers in their instructional practice and allow parents to be informed of student progress.
: Our students learn much in the area of social studies through PYP unit planners. In addition, objectives not covered in IB planners are taught in each grade level based on our district and state guidelines. American History, Global Geography, and connections to current local, national and world events are easily viewed at our school!
Supplemental Curriculum: All students attend P.E. and Computer Technology classes each day. Physical activity on other days is a minimum of 30 minutes per day. In addition, students have on-going access to laptops via multiple mobile labs, itouchs, ipads, and classroom computers. Students also have the support of a school counselor, literacy coaches, Special Education faculty and instructional specialists.