Constellation Schools offers a curriculum based on the National Common Core Standards. These standards are designed to provide our teachers with a road map for instruction.
From The Ohio Department Of Education Website: Ohio's Learning Standards
Ohio’s Learning Standards outline the skills and knowledge that will help students become ready for success in college and careers. Ohio educators have gained valuable experience with the standards since they began teaching with them several years ago. With their help and the public’s, the Ohio Department of Education is fine-tuning Ohio’s standards in several areas of study. | Fact Sheet: Ohio's Learning Standards
In accordance with the standards, all of our schools offer instruction in mathematics, social studies, science, citizenship, language arts (reading, spelling, and phonics), music, health and physical education. We utilize McGraw Hill and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt curriculum products with few exceptions. Materials and texts are reviewed on a regular basis by a Curriculum Council, with recommendations for new adoptions based on staff input. Workbooks and textbooks are provided for students to use both in school and at home, and, in many cases, materials can also be accessed online. Core materials and supplemental products are purchased to address the varying abilities and learning styles of our students.
Our classrooms are equipped with interactive SMART Boards, computer carts and/or labs. All students in grades 2-12 receive their own laptop. In addition to our regular classroom activities, this technology allows our students to have access to numerous computer-based programs. Currently, Constellation Schools utilize a variety of computer-based programs, including: Raz-Kids, Reading A-Z, Headsprout, Accelerated Reader, Think Through Math, IXL Math, BrainPOP, Social Studies Alive, Science Fusion and others.
Art, music and physical education are integrated throughout the curriculum with a variety of opportunities to explore different materials and tools. Constellation is committed to the pursuit of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle activities through whole-school physical education initiatives that each school develops. Two of our schools, Westside Community School of the Arts and the Eastside Arts Academy, provide students with an educational approach that places greater emphasis on the arts. Both schools are designed to stimulate creativity, enrich and accelerate aesthetic development and create an enduring respect and passion for the arts. Over time these schools will provide in-depth instruction in visual arts (i.e. drawing, painting, sculpting, computer graphics, and photography), instrumental music (i.e. band and orchestra), and dance, theater and vocal music.
The cornerstone of our curriculum is our Character Education Program which is integrated throughout all of our classroom lessons. Our Character Education slogan is:
Remember: We all Make Choices. Choices have Consequences. Be Smart and Make the Right Choices.