Academics at Windsor Charter Academy

Core Knowledge Curriculum

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Windsor Charter Academy (K-8) is a core knowledge school.  The Core Knowledge curriculum provides students with a broad base of knowledge.

The curriculum encompasses language arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, fine arts, and physical education, and is characterized by knowledge that is:

  • Context-rich: unchanging knowledge such as important events of world history;

  • Sequential and Cumulative: a planned progression building on students' previous knowledge and eliminating excessive repetition and gaps;

  • Content specific: clearly defined knowledge at each grade level ensuring fairness for all students;

  • Coherent - explicit knowledge identifies what children should learn at each grade level to ensure an articulated approach to building knowledge across all grade levels.

The Core Knowledge concept is based on the belief that knowledge builds upon knowledge.  The sequential curriculum spirals and is content-rich and engaging.  Core Knowledge builds background knowledge with an instructional focus on rich, classic literature.

The sequence not only outlines specific content in the areas of language arts, geography, science, mathematics, and fine arts, but places a strong emphasis on history.  The sequence in history is divided into two sections at every grade-level - national and world.  As students move from grade-level to grade-level, they build a strong understanding of the sacrifices that our forefathers made to establish a country founded on a constitution and a belief that "all men are created equal". Additionally, as students study ancient civilizations and world history, students better understand their role as a global community member.  Understanding the cultural and historical backgrounds of countries throughout the world better prepare students for success as future leaders.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
— John Dewey

STEM Focus

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  All schools that strive for academic excellence have a STEM focus.  It is a way of teaching .... Windsor Charter Academy strives to foster a culture of inquiry that strengthens students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Our after-school clubs and summer enrichment programs support our focus on these core subjects that cultivate creativity and collaboration skills.  Meaningful technology integration facilitates enthusiasm for learning, high student engagement, and innovative thinking.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

In Colorado, a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a prevention-based framework of team-driven data-based problem solving for improving the outcomes of every student through family, school, and community partnering and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices applied at the classroom, school, district, region, and state level.

Essential Components of MTSS

Team-Driven Shared Leadership:  Teaming structures and expectations distribute responsibility and shared decision-making across school, district, and community members (e.g. students, families, generalists, specialists, district administrators, etc.) to organize coordinated systems of training, coaching, resources, implementation, and evaluation for adult activities. 

Data-Based Problem Solving and Decision-Making:  A consistent process is used by stakeholder teams and applied at multiple levels to analyze and evaluate relevant information to plan and implement strategies that support sustainable improved student and system outcomes. 

Family, School, and Community Partnering:  The collaboration of families, schools, and communities as active partners in improving learner, classroom, school, district, and state outcomes. 

Layered Continuum of Supports:  Ensuring that every student receives equitable academic and behavioral support that is culturally responsive, matched to need, and developmentally appropriate, through layers that increase in intensity from universal (every student) to targeted (some students) to intensive (few students). 

Evidence-Based Practices:  Approaches to instruction, intervention, and assessment that have been proven effective through research indicating improved outcomes for students.

Gifted & Talented (GATE) 

To support Windsor Charter Academy’s vision of growing students that are “educated, empowered, and equipped to reach their highest potential,” all WCA students receive consideration for gifted identification through the gifted screening process. Gifted identification ensures that appropriate programming is utilized to meet the academic and affective needs and post-secondary outcomes of identified students. 

To learn more about WCA's gifted and talented program, Click Here.