In order to ensure greater depth of understanding among
curricular areas, standards based curriculum is combined with
evidence based teaching strategies at WISH.
Technology: Based on National Education
Technology Standards, creative and effective uses of technology are
interwoven throughout the content areas so that students become
effective communicators, collaborators, publishers and
producers. Students have the necessary tools to be informed,
responsible, and contributing citizens.
Language Arts: WISH offers a balanced approach
to literacy by combining explicit phonemic awareness, phonics,
vocabulary, fluency development, and reading comprehension
instructional strategies. Readers' and Writers' workshop is
included in daily instructional experiences.
English Language Development: Imagine It! ELD.
A language-based, literature-based, and content-based program
organized around thematic units is integrated into native language
themes and content, and matched with themes and content being
taught in English.
Mathematics: Envision is a balanced
curriculum that engages students in developing critical thinking
and problem solving skills using hands on curriculum, technology
driven explanations, and CGI strategies.
Science: FOSS California the science curriculum
WISH uses is based on cognitive research. FOSS uses an active
learning approach in which students assume the role of scientists
by making observations, asking questions, making predictions,
collaborating and communicating with peers, and conducting
experiments to test ideas and verify results. FOSS excites students
and motivates them for more advanced study in science.
History/Social Science: Our social studies
curriculum is engaging for students and helps make history
come alive in the classroom. Students often enjoy
reenactments, technology based quests, and community based
activities that support a deeper understanding of our past,
present, and future.
Physical Education/Health: Our physical
education program builds a foundation for appropriate instructional
practices that promote and maintain the attainment of movement
skills, physical fitness, and health.
GATE Strategies: WISH Teachers have attended
multiple trainings to support integration of GATE strategies
throughout all curricular activities. Depth and Complexity
Icons, open ceiling activities, and our core curriculum, such as,
Writers Workshop, Readers' Workshop, and STEM activities involving
FOSS kits and CGI math strategies, naturally allows for
differentiation and higher level thinking.
Community Sharing: Parent volunteers and
teachers pair up weekly to facilitate social skills development and
team building for each class. Supporting social-emotional
growth and building socially just communities is integral to a
whole child approach to education. This program builds
opportunities for inclusiveness and respect, and increases the
sense of confidence and responsibility within the student body.
Peaceful Playgrounds and Systematic Supervision for
Elementary Schools: These research-based
comprehensive programs increase positive behavior on the playground
and reduce negative behaviors. All faculty and staff are
trained in SWPBS strategies and work together to ensure that all
students are successful in acheiving our schoolwide