Alma del Mar provides a content-rich curriculum that serves to build foundational skills while providing our scholars with critical background knowledge on a variety of topics. The skills our scholars have mastered by the end of each grade level include the following:
- By the end of Kindergarten, scholars can compare and contrast the experiences of characters in fairy tales. They can also explain and do addition up to 10 and count to 100 by tens. They can also describe the culture of the Wampanoag Tribe.
- By the end of first grade, scholars are able to write a letter to an elected official about an issue important to them. They can also add and subtract a two-digit number and a one-digit number by using drawings and manipulatives to represent the place value and can identify the ways in which an organism’s habitat provides for its basic needs.
- By the end of second grade, scholars are able to write a five paragraph informational essay. They can also draw a bar graph to represent a data set with up to four different categories and explain the adaptions of the most common species of whales.
- By the end of third grade, scholars can use descriptive language in their fiction and nonfiction writing to support their thesis. They can also measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects, and can explain the relationship between the moon and the tides on Earth.
- By the end of fourth grade, scholars can write persuasive personal essays based on a current event. They can also explain the way force is used in simple machines, such as pulley systems, and can identify the major battles of the American Revolution.