Our Curriculum at OnePurpose School
The curriculum at OP has been carefully tailored to create academic programs across ALL subjects that is research-based and intentionally more "hands-on" for students, consistent with our focus at OP on Project Based Learning (PBL). Our science program at OP, for example, includes project based learning modules in each unit. All our programs at OP also include online professional development modules for staff and ongoing coaching of teachers at least once a week.
We believe these elements set us apart from other public school programs using more standardized, large scale programs (like Wonders or Benchmark for Language Arts, Pearson or Houghton Mifflin for Math for example).
OnePurpose School utilizes the following curriculum across grade levels:
English/Language Arts -- Bookworms is designed with best practices from literacy research to generate impressive results for improving student achievement. Bookworms consists of three 45 minute blocks of English Language Arts instruction focused on modeling differential thinking, comprehension strategies, vocabulary comprehension, focused grammar instruction and written responses. This curriculum also includes differentiated instruction allowing teachers to provide targeted instruction to each student to help them excel.
Math -- Eureka Math equates mathematical concepts to stories with the aim of developing conceptual understanding and encourages students to use various mental strategies to solve problems. It is a comprehensive curriculum that instills persistence in problem solving and allows students to focus on the process instead of the answer and memorizing facts and formulas.
Science -- Mystery Science nurtures children's curiosity by explaining how we know things not just what we know. Every lesson involves a combination of a question (ie. If i dug a hole down into the earth what would I find?), short videos, classroom discussion topics and hands-on projects. This curriculum pushes students to provide good explanations and verbal reasoning to explain their project.
Social Studies -- Studies Weekly presents lessons on history, government, community and society in a newspaper format. Lesson plans include rigorous and relevant assessments, word study, writing prompts, and reading strategies. This curriculum fosters critical thinking skills, helping develop a new generation of responsible decision makers.
Social-Emotional -- The Toolbox is a school-wide social-emotional curriculum that is well-integrated that is used on a daily basis in the classroom, cafeteria and at recess. There are 12 different tools to help students regulate difficult emotions (ie. anger, frustration, and sadness).
Project-Based Learning -- Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working to investigate and respond to an authentic engaging complex question problem or challenge. Our students work on their projects for an extended period of time, from a week to a couple months, and present their work to families and parents at our end of semester student exhibition night.