Newman Leadership Academy provides a rigorous, highly structured academic program designed to propel all students to mastery of grade‐level skills and standards. The educational program is uniquely suited to meet and exceed the diverse educational needs of the students. NLA provides a small learning environment that allows the effective implementation of an enriched, Common Core based curriculum. Various instructional strategies, supplemental materials, and a comprehensive RtI program are employed to ensure support and high academic achievement. Strategies and supplemental materials include differentiated instruction, projects, technology integration, Renaissance Learning, and Scholastic books.
NLA places a high value on the quality, condition and availability of textbooks for all students. Textbooks and supplemental materials in core academic areas are selected with a strong focus toward alignment to Common Core Standards. Textbooks include:
|Language Arts K-3||Treasures||Pearson|
|Language Arts 3-6||Treasures||McGraw Hill|
|Science K-6||Science||McGraw Hill|
|Our World – Now and Long Ago
School and Family, Level 1
Neighborhoods, Level 2
Communities, Level 3 California
Studies, Level 4
The United States, Making a New Nation
|Harcourt School Publishers
In each content area, teachers utilize an interdisciplinary approach in a standards‐based system supported by a variety of instructional strategies. Each grade level has a pacing plan that encourages a vertically planned curriculum. Teachers meet on a regular basis to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum.
English Language Arts
Within the English Language Arts curriculum, CCSS are explicit taught. Anchor standards, informational text, foundational skills, speaking, listening, writing, research and presentation are incorporated into a comprehensive literacy program. SDAIE strategies are incorporated into each lesson to ensure access for English Learners.
Using a balance of whole group instruction, guided instruction in small groups, and independent practice, students are able to develop their reading skills in a developmentally appropriate manner. NLA places a strong emphasis on phonics and phonemic awareness in the primary grades where students are learning to read. Students create meaning from what they read using comprehension strategies such as predicting, connecting, questioning, monitoring, clarifying, summarizing, inferring and visualizing.
Students in every grade level have the opportunity to write in one or more of the four genres: narrative, expository, persuasive, and response to literature. Beginning in kindergarten, teachers in every grade level guide students through this process so that students become independent writers. 6+1 Traits of Writing is a well-researched writing program, aligned to CCSS, that will be implemented at NLA.
Within the context of the CCSS, students are constantly challenged to reason and communicate mathematically, in addition to demonstrating proficiency in all required math standards. Teachers focus on developing students’ number sense and algebraic reasoning abilities. The math program includes hands‐on activities, classroom discussion about mathematical reasoning, and sufficient calculation practice to make arithmetic operations automatic.
Students acquire knowledge of the biological and physical sciences from a balanced curriculum, which includes building on their understanding of science concepts to learn about the logic of the scientific method and applications of science to the world around them. The curriculum is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The curriculum allows students to develop critical thinking skills of science, including observing, comparing, organizing, inferring, relating, and applying.
The social studies curriculum, which is aligned to CCSS, allows students to build their knowledge and cultural understanding, democratic principles and civic values, and academic and social skills necessary for effective participation in diverse societies. Through extensive reading of historical stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements.
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
The goal of visual and performing arts instruction at NLA is to expose students to different art forms and encourage students to appreciate art as a form of communication. VAPA instruction is aligned with CCSS and is integrated throughout the content areas. By engaging in visual and performing arts, students are able to enhance their knowledge of core academic subjects, apply critical thinking skills, and acquire artistic skill and style.
Physical Education and Health
The physical education and health curriculum covers the following strands: movement skills and knowledge, self-image and personal development, and social development. CCSS aligned, age-appropriate health education lessons are incorporated into the academic curriculum. Physical education instruction emphasizes individual motor skills, fitness and good sportsmanship.