​The Sunshine State Standards (now called Next Generation Sunshine State Standards or NGSSS) are broad statements that describe the knowledge or ability that a student should be able to demonstrate by the end of every grade level from first through twelfth grade. These standards cover eight content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, World Languages, Fine Arts, and Health Education. The standards are subdivided into “benchmarks,” which outline the specific content, knowledge, and skills that students are expected to learn in school. 

Reading and Writing

Teaching strategies in reading are designed to maximize the full development and potential of each child. A developmentally appropriate writing program, Write From the Beginning, utilizes Thinking Maps to focus on criteria for successful writing achievement. Integration in every subject area promotes a life­-long love of reading and writing.


Technology and manipulatives in centers are used to explore counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, measurement and data, and geometry. Various opportunities exist to solve problems, and apply critical thinking skills, using real objects, pictures, diagrams, and models. Students discover how to select strategies and tools and construct viable arguments.


Students learn by doing, planning and carrying out investigations, designing solutions and exploring. Through observation and experiments using the scientific method, students make their own discoveries. They draw meaning and understanding from their experiences and begin to realize that they too are scientists.

Social Studies

Students explore the overarching theme that people’s actions can change our world by learning about community helpers, American legends, and historical accounts. Through projects, pen pals exchanges, dramatizations, and class­made movies, students are active participants in their learning. Kindergarteners gain a realization that they can make a difference in our world.

Music, Art and P.E.

Music, chants, and imaginative art projects are integrated across the Kindergarten curriculum as well as stand­alone subjects with professional art and music educators. Music continues with the building blocks of musicianship. Students are introduced to ear training, rhythmic and melodic structure, as well as basic written musical form. These skills are carried throughout the music curriculum and lifelong learning.  Art introduces students to art appreciation and analysis with hands-on experiences and creative endeavors through diverse mediums.