In mathematics, Telra employs the Singapore Math curriculum for younger students (grades K), Beast Academy math for upper elementary (grades 1-5), and Art of Problem Solving math for middle school
The nation of Singapore has consistently ranked at the top on international mathematics exams. Singapore's curriculum was adapted and introduced to the U.S in 1998 and is now in widespread use in both public and private schools.
The Singapore method is known for its rigor and its focus on learning fewer concepts at a greater depth than traditional U.S. math curricula.
Art of Problem Solving
Beast Academy is a problem-solving oriented math curriculum designed with advanced elementary math learners in mind. The program was developed by the mathematics enthusiasts at the Art of Problem Solving to be the curriculum they wish they had as young students, and it progresses into the Art of Problem Solving middle school curriculum.
The program focuses on building a foundation for more advanced math and science classes, instilling a joy of problem-solving, developing flexibility and perseverance, and teaching students to develop new insights on their own.
Sciences and Humanities
This approach provides the students the benefits of a comprehensive common foundation of content knowledge while creating ample time for enrichment, exploration, inquiry, and the development of advanced skills.
Our youngest learners start with the phonological awareness and phonics curricula to build a solid reading foundation. We use a variety of literacy and language strands to form this foundation and extend their growth as readers and writers:
Printing and cursive skills with Zaner-Blosser
Vocabulary using Caesar's English and the Word within the Word
As students progress, they spend more time with the Language Arts program developed by the W&M Center for Gifted Education, which includes award winning literature units, and the Jacob's Ladder reading comprehension program focused on developing critical thinking skills
As students transition to middle school, they being working with the rich OAT English curriculum
W&M Center for Gifted Education has developed a series of problem-based science units for advanced learners. In addition to exposing them to scientific concepts, these units engage students directly in scientific investigation, explore the relationship of science to all areas of human activity, and develop scientific habits of mind.
In the 6th grade year, students are exposed to a series of project-based W&M science units, preparing them to dive back into a systematic Integrated Science curriculum in grades 7-8
The Core Knowledge History and Geography sequence helps students build knowledge of diverse civilizations, cultures, and concepts, while incorporating topics from civics & arts and integrating tightly with the Language Arts program.
Our 8th graders explore a grand sweep of history using the World History Project curriculum
We supplement this with the W&M Center for Gifted Education Social Studies units which promote more primary source analysis, systems of cause and effect, and critical thinking.
We believe physical activity is important. Everything from the traditions of ancient Greece to modern research findings support the idea that honing the body (aside from its intrinsic health benefits) also facilitates learning. That's why our students enjoy PE every other day or every 2 out of 3 days.
Research shows that physical activity improves speed and accuracy of cognitive tasks, the ability to focus attention, and of course long-term positive health outcomes.
Specials and Explore
K-3 students rotate through Visual Arts and Music & Motion
Our grade 4+ students will participate in a daily interdisciplinary workshop called “Explore."
Explore is organized into 6-12 week sessions in which students can select a passion project from a set of rotating offerings developed by their teachers. These are determined term-to-term based on interest and staffing. Examples include art, foreign languages, chess, leadership, keyboarding, coding, and poetry.