Curriculum & Standards

Academic Information

The 4K (four-year-old kindergarten) program is intended to prepare children for the kindergarten experience. We focus on learning colors, shapes, our ABC's, and appropriate behavior in a school environment.

In Kindergarten (K5) students learn concepts of written language while listening, reading and writing throughout the year. Math skills are taught using objects for hands-on-learning. Learning through play is used to introduce, teach and learn academic and social skills. Kindergarten is the foundation for future learning experiences.

First graders begin to use reading strategies to become fluent readers, use art and music to reinforce skills, and grow as young writers and young scientists. Guided reading groups are used to teach each child at their own level and insure progress. Math skills are based on Common Core Standards and delve deeply in number concepts.

In second grade, the curriculum is based on the South Carolina academic standards. The students enjoy reading chapter books and taking Accelerated Reader tests on the computer. In math, the students learn to add and subtract with regrouping, count money, tell time and measure length, weight and volume. The science standards include study of magnetism, matter, weather and life cycles. The social studies standards include maps, communities and local government.

Third graders learn and practice more advanced writing techniques, learn multiplication facts, read chapter books, discover South Carolina's state history, and perform science experiments to address South Carolina standards. Reading, language arts, writing, math, science and social studies are assessed using standardized state testing in the spring as well as MAP testing three times during the year.
Fourth Grade students work within Reading and Writing Workshop standards for Language Arts. Students learn to read more independently and expand their vocabulary through word study.

Fourth grade Science begins with Scientific Inquiry and Process Skills followed by a study of Life Science. Later, students study about Weather and Astronomy. The year is concluded with a study of Physical Science to include: Electricity, Magnets, and Light.

Fourth grade Math begins by studying Data Analysis and Probability. Other topics include: Geometry, Measurement, Whole Numbers, Place Value, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals, and Algebra. In order to be successful, a thorough knowledge of multiplication facts from third grade is essential.

Fourth grade Social Studies Standards focus on Early World Exploration and Colonial Settlement of America. Research projects are incorporated into the course work for The American Revolution and the formation of American Government. Additionally, the study of Westward Expansion will pave the way for the introduction of the Civil War.

Fifth Grade Core Subjects

Students in grade five read four major types of literary texts: fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Students also read informational texts such as essays, historical documents, trade books, and reviews. Emphasis is on building vocabulary for oral and written communication. Students create written works that have a clear focus, sufficient detail, organization, and correct use of conventions. Technology use is integrated throughout subject areas with presentations and research projects.

Fifth Grade Science: The units of study in fifth grade science include: Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Ecosystems, The Scientific Method, and Cells and the Microscope. Emphasis is on "working like a scientist" through scientific inquiry.

Fifth Grade Social Studies: Students continue their study from fourth grade of the history of the United States focusing on the time period from the 1870's to present day. The units of study in fifth grade social studies include: Reconstruction, Westward Expansion, Immigration and Reforms, the Industrial Revolution, the U.S. Rise to Power, World War 2 Era, the Cold Years, and 1980's to present.

Fifth Grade Mathematics: Highlights of new learning for grade-five students are
-applying an algorithm to divide whole numbers fluently,
-understanding the concept of prime and composite numbers,
-generating strategies to add and subtract fractions,
-applying an algorithm to add and subtract decimals through thousandths,
-classifying shapes as congruent,
-translating between two-dimensional representations and three-dimensional objects,
-predicting results of combined multiple transformations,
-analyzing shapes for line and/or rotational symmetry,
-using a protractor to measure angles,
-using equivalencies to convert units of measure within the metric system,
-applying formulas to determine perimeter and area,
-applying strategies and formulas to determine volume,
-applying procedures to determine elapsed time within a 24-hour period,
-applying procedures to calculate the measures of central tendency, and
-concluding why sum of the probabilities of outcomes of an experiment must equal 1.

Gifted and Talented Program: The program goals for the gifted and talented program are to facilitate high ability learners in developing:
• Literary analysis and interpretation skills
• Persuasive writing skills
• Linguistic competency
• Listening and oral communication skills
• Reasoning skills
• Understanding of the concept of change
• Algebraic Linear Equations and Spatial Reasoning
• Latin stems and derivatives 

General Music K-5: General Music is a National Standards for the Arts based curriculum with the following learning and development goals:
• Students will experience music from a variety of genres and cultures
• Students will practice musical skills on variety of classroom instruments
• Students will create by improvising and composing their own music using learned musical skills
• Students will share music by teaching and performing their musical skills for others

Physical Education: Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade attend two physical education classes each week. Physical education instruction covers health related and sports related skills and information that will prepare students to be physically educated and active throughout their lives. Students learn about the advantages of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through movement, proper nutrition, and preventing illness and disease. The curriculum is developed from the South Carolina State Standards for Physical Education.

Visual Arts: Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are served in the visual arts once weekly. Students have the opportunity to view art through visuals of fine arts prints and images shown through PowerPoint presentations. Students explore art from different cultures as well as recognized artists in all grade levels, working in a variety of two and three dimensional art media, using South Carolina Art Standards. Student work is displayed throughout the school, at a district level show, and at the Pickens County Museum each year.

Speech Therapy services are available to children ages 3-21 who meet eligibility criteria. These services address areas of articulation (mispronunciation of sounds), language (delay), fluency (stuttering) & overall communication needs. Children are identified through referrals/screenings. If at the time of screening – difficulties are noted an evaluation is set forth to identify the specific area of need. Services are provided on site during school hours.

Reading Recovery®
Reading Recovery® is a short-term intervention program for first graders having extreme difficulty with early reading and writing. A teacher trained in Reading Recovery® techniques works individually with students in daily 30-minute lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks. The reading recovery teacher also works with children from other grades in small group lessons designed to strengthen reading strategies and comprehension skills.