Curriculum and Instruction:
Sara Collins provides a curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of all students. South Carolina State Standards in Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education are taken into consideration as teachers plan units and lessons for their students.
Since 2004 Sara Collins has fully implemented the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The program is an international program based on learning through Inquiry. Each grade level, Kindergarten – Fifth grade, follows a Program of Inquiry based on six broad units of study. South Carolina State Standards are embedded in these conceptual units of instruction. In this form of guided Inquiry, students are encouraged to ask questions and use transdisciplinary skills to do research, think, and apply the knowledge they gain. Emphasis is given to helping students develop the knowledge, understandings, and skills needed to initiate positive action in their lives.
The goal of the language arts program in Greenville County Schools is to develop within students the necessary language skills that will allow them to pursue their life’s goals and become productive members of society. A balanced approach to literacy instruction helps meet the needs of all students. Over the years, teachers and researchers have learned that there is not one basic approach that builds a proficient reader and communicator. It is the combination or balance within the instructional model that creates success in our classrooms. The balanced literacy model includes instruction in phonics, reading comprehension of a variety of texts, interpretation of literature, writing, speaking, and reading fluency. Our school uses a workshop approach to reading and writing instruction.