In the Elementary School, students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 accomplish increasingly complex tasks and deepen their conceptual understanding in all areas of our curriculum. Our comprehensive curriculum includes English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology (including a Maker Space and the Design Thinking Process), Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Modern Languages, and Physical and Health Education. Equally important is the social and emotional development of our students, which is an integral part of teaching and learning at NYA.
The way in which we engage students in learning is as important as what we teach. Our pedagogy emphasizes inquiry- and project-based instruction and learning. We organize our curriculum into interdisciplinary units of study that integrate multiple subject areas, thereby enriching the learning experience for our students. Through project-based learning, children actively investigate their interests, discover new ideas and develop their own theories. In keeping with our mission and values, teachers encourage and support each child’s unique style of learning, interests and talents.
Our Curriculum is framed by the AERO Standards (American Education Reaches Out), Curriculum Maps, and Units of Study. We are committed to research-evidence best practice, which includes pedagogy that instructs, guides, and facilitates engaged learning as opposed to teaching. We take a “show, don’t tell” approach by modeling the authentic act of thinking and doing for our leaners, and then coaching and conferencing with students to help them build and shape understanding.
English Language Arts
New York Academy employs the Balanced Literacy Approach, including Word Study, the Readers’ Workshop, the Writer’s Workshop, the Traits of Conversation, and the Traits of Presentation. We place exceptional importance on growing our students’ pillars of literacy for lifelong learning so that they become readers who make meaning, writers who convey ideas, conversationalists who actively listen and effectively express themselves, and presenters who inform, educate, and entertain. We differentiate and individualize learning with data-driven instruction gained by a range of language formative assessments: Phonological Awareness Skills Test (P.A.S.T), Developmental Spelling Inventory (D.S.I.), Developmental Reading Assessment 2(DRA2), On-Demand Writing (6 Traits of Writing Rubric)
New York Academy employs the Singapore Math program, which spirals the learning of core concepts and skills. We place exceptional importance on growing our students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics, while mastering basic facts and skills to solve problems efficiently and effectively. Students engage with hands-on resources to build and shape the understanding of concepts (declarative knowledge), while practicing skills throughout the year to gain mastery of skills and facts with automaticity (procedural knowledge). We differentiate and individualize learning with data-driven instruction gained by a range of language formative assessments.
Science and Social Studies
New York Academy employs problem solving approach In science and social studies; our students master the scientific process and research skills as they are guided to engage in project-based learning. They are guided and coached to generate essential questions and apply enduring understandings.
In Science, students are guided to master content knowledge and skill sets in the subject areas of Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science.
In Social Studies, students are guided to master content knowledge and skill sets in the subject areas of communities, cultures, history, and government.
21st Century Technology, a Maker Space, and the Design Thinking Process
New York Academy employs a 21st Century technology curriculum that isan integrated approach where each student engages in learning with a one-to-one device (iPad or MacBook). Our purpose-designed learning environment includes a “Makerspace” with the Design Thinking Process; we are explicit and intentional at growing our students’ capacity to produce innovative solutions to problems to better our world.
Visual and Performing Arts
New York Academy employs a dynamic visual arts program, which grows students’ creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. Students learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. Students begin to understand color, shape, space, pattern and texture and use them to represent their ideas and feelings.Students come to know the art masters in order gain inspiration and find their own originality.
New York Academy employs a dynamic performing arts program, which grows students’creative presentation talents. Students are encouraged to express themselves through dramatic play. They dramatize situations and actions to go along with the roles they chose to play. We also organize theatrical performances in which students are assigned roles and learn to play their parts, including our two annual performances that integrate music, dance, drama, and the visual arts.
New York Academy employs an experiential and theory based approach to music. Students learn to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They explore playing different instruments. We teach our students to create with sounds. We engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.
Modern Languages – French and Spanish
New York Academy employs an experiential to language. Students develop an appreciation for modern languages through activities that grow their phonological awareness, speaking, and writing. learn basic sounds and words be. Students learn correct pronunciation and intonation.
Physical and Health Education
New York Academy employs a knowledge-based and fundamental skill-set approach physical and health education. Students build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They learn teamwork with their classmates in pairs, small groups, and teams. By watching, listening and experimenting, they develop their skills in movement and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations. Students develop competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. They learn and apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance. Students learn responsible social behavior that respects self and others. Further, our students learn to make healthy choices with diet, exercise, and being mindful.