CHP elementary school is geared towards giving a strong foundation in academics and social skills to the students, including developing positive social interactions.
The success of our program is because we address the overall needs of each child – emotionally and academically in a school setting. In return, we have high expectations of each student in terms of their effort, commitment, consistency, and discipline. In addition, the school insists on engaging the parent in a collaborative setting, to foster a consistent involvement in the academic and character development of the child. We accomplish all of the above by providing a nurturing environment, a sense of community for the family, an educational plan that fits, supports, engages and energizes each student.
Mission for Elementary School
We at Cedar Hill Prep School believe that our educational climate develops the students towards discipline, synthesis and creativity of their mind. Student Character Development/Social skill development that includes:
- Global Awareness – concerted effort to understand, embrace and celebrate diverse regions, cultures, religions and lifestyles.
- Civic Literacy – Exercise the rights and obligations of citizenship at the school level. The school operates a civic system that makes all students members of structured units. Opportunities are provided on a weekly basis for the students to compete, share, mentor and arbitrate with each other by participating in the system. It further enables the students to extrapolate and understand governmental and legal processes as it applies in the real world.
- Social And Cross-cultural Skills
- Communication Skills – Interact effectively with others. Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak. Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner.
- Personal Growth
- Study Skills – Set goals with tangible and intangible success criteria Be accountable for results. Utilize their time and manage workload efficiently. Be Self-directed Learners – with the help of student-led conferences
Elementary School Curriculum
Our rigorous curriculum is designed with the depth required to spur our students towards mastery in:
- English ( Language Arts and Reading)
- World Languages
- Physical Education/Health
- Visual Art
- Theatre Arts
Instructional Team and Methodology at Elementary School
As we all know teaching is one of the most common, yet most complex human activity. There are tangible and intangible characteristics that contribute towards its effectiveness. Teacher influence goes far beyond a student’s academic performance. They foster student motivation, perseverance and citizenship.
CHP teachers are given a curriculum framework that is broad and precise. It includes the goals for each grade in each subject and student expectations/ outcomes at the end of each grade. Teachers are given resources and teaching aids in order to reach the diverse learner.
Teachers provide students with multiple means of representation, engagement, and expression of curriculum. This includes using Smart boards, project works, dramatization, discussions, blogs and field trips. According to Rief (1993), students retain:
- 10% of what they read
- 20% of what they hear
- 30% of what they see
- 50% of what they see and hear
- 70% of what they say
- 90% of what they say and do
Student Academic Expectations/goals are broadly divided by Grade and defined by subject matter. These include:
- Language Arts – Mechanics, Reading and Writing expectations. Speaking and Listening Skills
- Math – Calculations, mental Skills, and problem-solving skills
- Science and Social Studies – content driven by grade and tested for comprehension, writing skills, teamwork and project management.
- Foreign Language – acquire the knowledge of a second language.
The objective is to evaluate the student on a balanced portfolio of measures that will assess the effectiveness of the curriculum in accomplishing student competency in each subject. Student performance is measured on the following categories:
- Class work
- Assignments and projects
- Quarterly tests
- Standardized testing
There is constant feedback on student performance and everyday learning outcomes. The results are analyzed at the end of the year to make curriculum and instructional enhancements/changes.