Again, innovation is our mantra. The philosophical backbone of the inventive curriculum is differentiated instruction delivered through a culturally and linguistically responsive instructional framework. The methodology abides by a hands-on approach where the affirmation and acceptance of home culture and language is the first teaching. In general, the research-based model of culturally responsive teaching enables:
• Systemic validation of all students
• Customized instruction to address the various needs of all learners
• Authentic and multiple assessment opportunities
• Engagement that motivates students to learn and to achieve.
The instruction is not driven by one specific structured program or textbook based curriculum. Instead, the emphasis is on creative, targeted, and focused teaching through instructional strategies guided by the students’ needs as individual learners, not a prescribed, one size fits all approach. The CLAS curriculum is rigorous, standards-based, and holistic.
The curriculum is supplemented with instruction in both visual and performing arts, Spanish language learning, as well as physical education.