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Transfiguration Academy’s curriculum follows the Archdiocese of Newark’s Curriculum Guidelines which are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Reading/English Language Arts

The reading program engages students with a variety of genres that includes both fiction and non-fiction works: short stories, drama, poetry, essays and novels. The language arts curriculum is fortified with foundational skills that build from phonemic and phonological awareness to word recognition, analysis, and fluency. A writing workshop model provides opportunities in narrative, informative and opinion pieces to achieve refinement in all aspects of written language.

The Middle School program develops oral communication skills through various methods such as declamation, interpretative reading, choral recitation, presentations, interviews, and public speaking. Written communication skills are developed through various writing forms such as narrative, descriptive, extemporaneous, and persuasive. An emphasis on grammar throughout the language arts curriculum helps students become effective communicators. Projects based on books, short research essays and oral presentations require students to apply language arts skills across the curriculum.

Mathematics

The mathematics curriculum in our primary grades is designed to construct a solid foundation in a broad variety of skills.  Students focus on: building number sense; developing computational skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; understanding and designing graphs, tables, and charts; working with fractions, money, and time; recognizing basic geometry concepts.  Students investigate these topics with a variety of tools and manipulatives while the use of technology supports individual and group learning.

The middle school curriculum builds upon these foundational skills using a variety of digital and print resources to differentiate instruction.  Students refine their numeracy and computational skills in order to develop their ability to apply mathematical concepts and solve problems. 

With an emphasis on skills necessary for success in higher mathematics, students delve into the concept, computation, and application of a variety of topics including: place value, estimation, Roman numerals, decimals, fractions, exponents, scientific notation, customary and metric measures, prime and composite numbers, ratios, rates, proportions, percentages, integers, rational numbers, absolute values, order of operations, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, concepts of data analysis and statistics, basic probability, common formulas, principles of geometry, and properties of geometric figures.

The mathematics program in the middle school grades enables students who have mastered the pre-requisite skills to complete Algebra 1 in Grade 8.

Science

The science curriculum in kindergarten through grade 4 exposes students to topics in physical science, life science, earth and space science including: the interactions of living things; energy and motion; changes over time; solids, liquids, and gases; and personal hygiene/health. Students not only read and learn about these topics but can connect them to real life through inquiry based and experiential learning.

The Middle School science curriculum incorporates a project-based approach with an emphasis on experiments, virtual labs, and cooperative learning. With a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards, students explore concepts through an integrated approach that supports learning in various disciplines. Curriculum topics cover climate/weather, ecology, space exploration, technology, genetics, animal and plant cells, meiosis/mitosis, physics, chemical reactions and atomic structure. Students are provided opportunities to apply scientific concepts to make models and solve real-world problems.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum in kindergarten through grade 3 focuses on learning map skills and developing students’ understanding of the various communities of which they are a part. Topics include: types of communities, occupations, transportation, economics, and core ideas of citizenship. The 4th grade curriculum takes students on a journey through New Jersey history from early colonial times, through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and up until modern times. Students also learn about the regions and geographical features of their home state.

The middle school curriculum encompasses the disciplines of U.S. history, civics, economics, geography, and world history and cultures, with the goal of exposing students to the interconnection of global events and their effects on other aspects of world affairs. Students experience historical and current events through the interactive study of primary source artifacts, non-fiction and historical fiction texts, financial market simulations, local civic engagement activities, and virtual field trips and exhibitions. The social studies program prepares students to be informed and engaged citizens on a local and global level.

 





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