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School No. 1
School No. 1 enjoys an outstanding reputation for the quality of our instructional programs, the professionalism, and dedication of our faculty, the academic achievement of our students, and the involvement of our parents. School No. 1 honors and celebrates its diversity with 28 languages spoken at home. Our constructivist approach to education best addresses the needs of our diverse student population, based upon the strong belief that all students can learn. We celebrate our success in meeting the needs of all of our students, and, as such, have been chosen to be the model for Collaborative Classrooms in the District. As such, staff members constantly research and implement best practices to meet the needs of all students to best support their cognitive and effective progress. Data analysis drives instruction where all students’ progress is tracked to ensure that individual instructional needs are being met. Our school fosters, through our dedicated staff, an environment that allows students to feel safe, secure, and comfortable taking risks, while meeting our rigorous academic standards.
The Common Core State Standards support our work with cross-disciplinary literacy expectations. Our literacy programs are closely monitored through benchmark assessments while instilling in our students the love of reading and writing. Recognizing that reading and writing is a complex process, instruction is delivered in a variety of formats to include whole class, small group, and individual instruction. Our classroom protocol is research-based allowing students to interact with new knowledge deeply.
Our math and science curriculum address the importance of developing our students’ capacity to think. The implementation of our FOSS (Full Option Science System) Science curriculum supports the need to provide effective science opportunities for our diverse learners. Content and process is learned through hands-on investigations. Our students learn through authentic, real-life situations, developing their skills to produce results that support their development towards work-place readiness.
Our student-centered philosophy continues through our special area course offerings. Our students have been acknowledged through Presidential physical fitness challenges, our diversity is honored through bilingual and world language classes, and the varied needs of students are addressed through before, during, and after school tutoring as well as a well-developed Gifted and Talented program. The arts are recognized through varied avenues, including a relationship with the Metropolitan Opera. The concern for the development of the whole students is also shown in programs such as DARE, SADD (Students against Destructive Behavior), the Buddy Program (sixth grade students working with Kindergarten students), and peer mediation. Academic and social development is recognized and developed through multiple means and curriculum areas.
Critical to our success is our excellent relationship with the community. We believe that great instruction comes from authentic experiences brought into our school as well as going outside the walls of our buildings. Our Veterans have graciously shared their first hand experiences with our students, who in turn, at various events, have honored them. Our parents work together with School No. 1 with the best interest of students as our focus. Our parents have provided a myriad of educational opportunities including cultural events, personal safety courses, and social opportunities for our students. Maintaining a high-quality school is a job for the entire community.
School No. 1’s expanding enrollment challenges all of us in developing our students into productive citizens. We will continue to meet this challenge with the active support of our administration, staff, and community. After all, School No. 1 is where “Students Come First.”