|| Global Passport Program
Schmitz Park School is committed to academic excellence for every child. Our data demonstrate our success in academic achievement, but that only tells a part of the story. The real heart of our academic excellence is found in a blend of taking a balanced academic approach, committing to each individual child and motivating all students to meet high standards. Our commitment ensures that students experience hands-on integrated learning with solid development of foundational skills
For fouryears, the faculty at Schmitz Park have been deeply committed to developing their elementary math program based on the principles and design of Singapore Math. We are committed to the highly effective mastery-based structure for developing number sense and mental math strategies as well as problem solving skills. All Singapore Math lessons follow a clear progression for students from concrete, to pictorial, to abstract thinking. Schmitz Park teachers carefully follow a K-5 continuum of math skills that we have developed to meet state standards and ensure a highly level of math performance in middle school.
Resources: The New York Times, Educational Leadership
The Writer’s Workshop model focuses on individual student growth and ownership of the writing process. Lessons typically start with a whole group mini-lesson in which the teacher frequently shares his or her own writing as they model the daily writing focus (which could be a writing convention, a writing strategy, etc.). Students work as “writers” from selecting their topics, prewriting, drafting, editing, revising to publishing their work. Classes (frequently an entire grade level) will hold a writing celebration to recognize the students’ “published” work. Typically, over the course of the year, students will work through the following units of study: personal narrative, fiction, poetry, and expository writing (such as an “All About…” book or a persuasive essay). Literacy also includes “word work” which is the time for vocabulary development and spelling. Our writers have the opportunity to write on a variety of topics, and for many audiences and purposes--skills they will use throughout their life to explain, to create, and to communicate in the world.