Curriculum & Instruction

At Atlantic Community Charter School (ACCS), academic achievement in all areas is based on a strong foundation of reading and literacy skills. Teachers at ACCS implement daily mini-lessons that support whole class goals while also utilizing individualized conferences, small group work, and assessments that meet each child’s individual learning needs.

Curricula at ACCS is designed to promote student success in achieving the Common Core State Standards, a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) that outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

The Common Core State Standards build on existing standards and reflect the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in college, career, and life. Understanding how the standards differ from previous standards—and the necessary ‘shifts’ they call for—is essential to implementing the standards. The following are key shifts called for by the Common Core:

  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts
  • Reading and writing grounded in evidence from text
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary

The standards define the knowledge and skills students should gain throughout their K-12 education in order to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in entry-level careers, introductory college courses, and workforce training programs.

At ACCS, students will prove themselves to be active learners, successful students, and high-achievers. The skills they learn will help them succeed in high school and beyond.