Grades 6-8 Middle School Math
– MAP assessments 3x/year to measure progress and academic performance
– Fundations spelling/phonics program grades K-3
-Bridges math program K-5
-All classroom teachers have received professional development on the Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading
-Reading and Math intervention available for extra support for students grades K-8
-Dreambox and Core5 online programs to support classroom instruction
Middle Level Curriculum
Our Middle Level Program is designed and executed by taking into account the developmental characteristics of the young adolescent, typically aged 10 to 14 years old (grades 5, 6, 7 and 8), and the extensive amount of research regarding middle level education that has been conducted over the last twenty years. Some of the middle level structures in place include advisory, heterogeneous groupings (mixed ability) and academic electives. As a middle level team, our teachers are committed to the philosophies driving these instructional practices. We believe that a consistent, robust curriculum and clear expectations are critical factors in a child’s education, and we are committed to continued growth in this area. Our curriculum is based on National Common Core Standards, Vermont Grade Expectations, and Next Generation Science Standards.
● Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies are all heterogeneously grouped.
● Health and Technical Education
● Physical Education: Physical Education is a required subject for all students. For middle school students, they are required to bring a change of clothes for class, consisting of a shirt, a pair of shorts, socks, and sneakers.
Elementary Level Curriculum
Children in Kindergarten through Fifth grade are in self-contained classrooms. All students in the school receive instruction in reading, mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, physical education, music, library science, Spanish, health, and art. Our curriculum is based on National Common Core Standards, Vermont Grade Expectations, and Next Generation Science Standards.
Students receive instruction in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Writing Skills, Oral and Written Communication, Science and Social Studies.
● Art: PK-4 students meet once a week for approximately 40 minutes.
● Library: PK-4 students meet once a week for approximately 40 minutes.
● Spanish: PK-4 students meet once a week for approximately 40 minutes.
● General Music: Students in grades PK-4 receive instruction in general music. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to music theory, music appreciation, music history, recorder, hand bells, vocal technique, song repertoire, and movement.
● Physical Education: Students receive two classes per week for approximately 40 minutes each in Grades 1-4.
● Instrumental Music Program: The Grade 4-8 Band Program offers students the opportunity to develop musical skills through study of a band instrument including flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, and percussion instruments. Students receive a 20-30 minute individual or small group lesson each week. Grade 4 students in the program attend band practice once weekly and grade 5 students two times a week. Students perform in multiple public concerts during the course of the year. Grades 5-8 ensembles also march in local and state parades. Recital performances are offered to students in the fall and spring.
The Rutland Town School instrumental music program has a strong jazz program for students in grades 5-8. The jazz ensembles rehearse prior to the regular school day from 7:00-7:55 A.M. requiring a special commitment from these students. Student attendance may range from 2 to 4 days weekly.