Chartwell School provides a comprehensive academic program which includes all areas of reading and language instruction, mathematics, social studies, science, wellness and fitness, the arts, technology and a wide array of enrichment activities. Students master and build academic skills one layer at a time. Each layer integrates higher-order thinking skills, creativity, perseverance and problem solving.
Students at Chartwell are grouped by ability, rather than traditional grade levels, for language and math placement. This allows for small group instruction that addresses the student’s specific academic needs. Teachers at Chartwell are specially trained to work with students with dyslexia and use effective teaching strategies to engage students in the learning process and provide opportunities for them to experience success. Guiding students to learn how they learn, not just what they learn, will empower them throughout their school years to be independent learners and advocates for their academic needs.
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonics and decoding
- Reading fluency
- Vocabulary development
- Comprehension skills
In mathematics, diagnostic teaching is critical in assessing student skill development and readiness for the introduction of new concepts. Math instruction includes hands-on activities and manipulatives, as appropriate, and emphasizes a strong foundation in math concepts as a base for ongoing growth and understanding. New skills and procedures are practiced repeatedly for students to gain mastery, and the math curriculum allows students to review and reinforce skills as they learn new ones. Some students struggle with memorization and greatly benefit from learning strategies to compensate for their difficulties with math facts and recall of processes and procedures.
- Physical Science (Matter, Chemical Reactions, Electricity, etc.)
- Earth Science (Minerals and Rocks, Weather and Erosion, etc.)
- Life Science (Animals, Plants, Ecology, Heredity, The Body, etc.)
Our humanities classes are aligned with California Content Standards by grade level. Students study geography, history, biographies of important historical figures, cultural contributions and current events. Through discussions, films, hands-on projects, field trips and guest speakers, students study how the past has impacted present day and how it might affect the future. Students learn how to conduct research on an event, civilization or person being studied and create PowerPoint presentations, artwork and other innovative ways to present their understanding.
- Creativity and Innovation
- Communication and Collaboration
- Research and Information Fluency
- Critical-Thinking, Problem-solving and Decision-Making
- Digital Citizenship
- Technology Operations and Concepts
Chartwell students often excel in the visual arts, and students are encouraged to explore and express their creativity in original works of art. Students learn basic principles of color, design and art elements while experimenting with color, patterns, shapes, perspective and materials. Students apply techniques to drawing, painting, crafts, sculpture and clay. Art is integrated across the curriculum in various ways: a painting to illustrate a poem written in language arts, designing a Grecian Urn or Egyptian artifact for humanities class, or creating a 3-D mural of the ocean for science.
Our music program uses the Orff-Schulwerk educational approach to build musicianship through the integration of all aspects of music, rhythm, structured and unstructured movement, singing, percussion instruments, recorders, speech and drama. Students are exposed to a variety of music, composers and songs to nurture interest, talent and appreciation.