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Curriculum

Curriculum

Young Audiences Charter School is committed to providing your creative learner with the highest levels of instructional quality and ensuring that the teachers have the resources to do so. Young Audiences focuses on "Academic Excellence with an Artistic Edge." We have various resources and curricula that aid us in the educational success of your child. Below is a brief description of the core subjects taught and the Common Core-aligned curricula used to implement them.
 


Math

Eureka Math is our primary resource in regards to math instruction for grades PK4-8. This program promotes real-world connections and rigor and calls for students to explain their reasoning throughout every lesson. Eureka Math builds students' knowledge logically and thoroughly to help them achieve deep understanding. Thoughtfully constructed and designed like a story, Eureka Math is meticulously coherent, with an intense focus on key concepts that layer over time, creating enduring knowledge. Students gain a complete body of math knowledge, not just a discrete set of skills. They use the same models and problem-solving methods from grade to grade, so math concepts stay with them, year after year. For more information please click here.
High school creative learners use Illustrative Mathematics as their primary curriculum. Illustrative Mathematics helps teachers catalyze mathematical proficiency with an engaging and inclusive approach that lifts students up to the skills, understandings, and practices that will stay with them for a lifetime. This curriculum encourages the problem-solving skills students need to better understand the real world. The story of each course is told in units; each unit has a narrative that describes the mathematical work that will unfold in that unit. For more information please click here.
 


English Language Arts

Our PK4-8 creative learners use an English Language Arts curriculum called Wit and Wisdom. Wit and Wisdom integrates reading, writing, fluency, vocabulary, art, and discussion all through real books in the hands of students, books which are chosen to both engage and challenge those students. Above all, Wit and Wisdom aims to foster a love of learning. Modules are organized by theme, such as "Cinderella Stories" (1st Grade, Module 4), "Extreme Settings" (4th Grade, Module 2) and "Teens as Change Agents" (8th Grade, Module 4). Students complete End-of-Module Tasks to demonstrate their mastery of both Common Core ELA standards as well as mastery of that module's specific content knowledge. Students read a variety of fictional and non-fictional texts and write for a variety of audiences. Wit and Wisdom is a rigorous curriculum which will build strong habits of thinking, reading, and writing throughout a creative learner's career at YACS and beyond.
 
Lower school learners use Fundations as their phonics curricula. As a recognized leader in multisensory, structured language programs, Fundations brings more than a decade of systematic and explicit instruction to the PK-K classroom. Based on the Wilson Reading System® principles, Wilson Fundations® provides research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program. Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. For more information please click here.
 


Science

Discovery Education is a digital and interactive textbook that uses an inquiry-based format. All grade levels, K-5th, have access to hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, as well as data analysis activities. These features encourage students to read, write, and think like scientists. For more information please visit discoveryeducation.com.
 
Middle School creative learners use STEMscopes 3D in science class. This digital curriculum is brought to life through exploratory hands-on kits that promote inquiry and excitement as your students engage in real-world scientific connections. Built on the research-based 5E lesson model and aligned to state standards, STEMscopes Science ignites learners’ passion for STEM. Learn more by clicking here.
In high school, creative learners utilize McGraw-Hill Inspire Science. Inspire Science sparks students’ curiosity through fascinating real-world phenomena. Students investigate, problem-solve, argue, and discuss scientific phenomena to make sense of the world from their perspective. The Inspire Science experience is organized around the 5E Instructional Framework. The compelling resources housed in this familiar framework empower educators to provide equitable science experiences for all learners through flexible approaches and research-based best practices. For more information click here.
 


Social Studies

We utilize various resources that are directly aligned to the Louisiana Grade Level Expectations into our Social Studies instruction. The vision for our learners are to be productive members of society, students must be critical consumers of the information they read, hear, and observe. To develop and express informed opinions, they need to build knowledge of the world by examining and evaluating information from an array of sources. The goal in social studies is to prepare students for civic life by helping them to become knowledgeable about the world, able to express reasoned arguments, and equipped to take informed action.
 
We look forward to an extraordinary year of learning with you and your creative learner. If you have any questions in regards to YACS curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact Brandon House, the School Leader, at brandon@yacharterschool.org.