Harbins Prep provides an individualized rigorous curriculum that meets our scholars where they are at and challenges them appropriately. Our school focuses on project based learning that pushes scholars to practice the skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing world. At Harbins Prep we give our scholars the skills they need to flourish in the world.
To be responsive to academic needs STEP provides us with the necessary data to provide individualized support for each scholar. Scholars will take STEP tests 5 times per year to accelerate academic growth. This data will support teachers in their instruction and provide families with the information they need to further support their scholars. Below you will find information from the STEP website to understand why we have chosen this assessment for Harbins Prep scholars.
STEP™ (Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress) is a research-based formative assessment, data management, and professional learning system designed to build teacher capacity for literacy instruction and provide educators with the data necessary to improve student achievement in literacy across grades K-5. Early reading proficiency is a key milestone for all students, but too often students miss that critical marker. When children fall behind in literacy development, it becomes difficult for them to catch up to their grade-level peers. Further, teachers working with students who have missed developmental milestones often have insufficient data to both identify where the student is struggling and how best to intervene. STEP was originally developed by a team of researchers and practitioners and led by Tony Bryk and David Kerbow at UChicago’s Urban Education Institute to help provide teachers with access to the data and skills needed to improve student outcomes.
Camelot Math is our manipulative rich and researched based math curriculum. Scholars will engage in small groups with their teacher to learn math based on their individual level. Scholars will be provided with all the materials they need for growth and teachers will adjust their instruction to the individual needs.
Guided Readers is our research based Guided Reading and Phonics curriculum. Scholars will engage in small group instruction in phonics and reading with their teachers. Scholars are also able to access books at home through their online portal.
Scholars will engage in Spanish daily beginning in Pre-K through 4th grade where they learn about different Spanish speaking cultures, vocabulary, language, and grammar.
Our scholars engage in computer science from an internationally award winning computer science curriculum. Scholars engage in project based learning beginning in kindergarten learning website design by 4th grade!
Harbins Prep is proud to be one of the first schools across the country to provide entrepreneurship to scholars starting in Kindergarten! Scholars engage in an entrepreneurial hour as a part of the curriculum during the school year where they will build their own product to sell at a school market.
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