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Core Knowledge

The idea behind Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. This insight, well-established by cognitive science, has profound implications for teaching and learning. Nearly all of our most important goals for education–greater reading comprehension, the ability to think critically and solve problems, even higher test scores–are a function of the depth and breadth of our knowledge.

By outlining the precise content that every child should learn in language arts and literature, history and geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual arts, the Core Knowledge curriculum represents a first-of-its kind effort to identify the foundational knowledge every child needs to reach these goals–and to teach it, grade-by-grade, year-by-year, in a coherent, age-appropriate sequence.

Common Core Standards

The foundation for New Hope Academy Charter School curriculum is based on the New York State Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics integrated with History, Social Studies, Science and Technical subjects. Through differentiated instruction, our curriculum is molded to meet the needs of all learners. Classroom teachers incorporate into their lesson planning the diversity of learning styles and abilities that exist in all classrooms, working closely with students who need assistance while at the same time providing other students with enrichment opportunities.



Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) education is the integration of important core subjects that students need to know in order to be successful and competitive in a 21st century global economy. The purpose ofS.T.E.A.M. education is for all students, including minorities and underrepresented populations in S.T.E.A.M. careers, to achieve literacy across core disciplines, become critical thinkers and to increase their motivation to pursue college and S.T.E.A.M. careers.

The foundation of a high-quality S.T.E.A.M. program is an excellent math and science curriculum that integrates literacy, including digital literacy, and other core areas as appropriate. In high-quality science programs teachers use inquiry-based methodologies and hands-on investigations to support student understanding of important scientific concepts. Students learn to see themselves as scientists and have adequate time and resources to conduct meaningful investigations. Additionally, it is important that students spend time investigating the world outside of their schools and exploring the many science institutions, museums, parks, gardens and waterways that we are so fortunate to have in New York City.


English Language Arts/Balanced Literacy

At New Hope Academy Charter School all students in grades K-5 will receive instruction using the Balanced Literacy Model.  Our approach to Balanced Literacy enables student to learn comprehension strategies in a variety of settings using multiple levels of texts and authentic literature.  It is a 5-stage process focused on whole group explicit instruction, guided practice, application, reflection, and ongoing assessment. Balanced Literacy incorporates all reading approaches with the understanding that students need to employ multiple strategies to become proficient readers. It provides and develops the skills of reading, writing, and thinking, speaking and listening for all students. Our balanced literacy approach includes:

WriteSteps is a complete K-5 writing program with an unparalleled focus on every element of the Writing & Language Common Core Standards. WriteSteps includes day-by-day lesson plans with explicit instructions, embedding the highly-respected educational best practices and strategies of: 6 Traits of Quality Writing, Writer’s Workshop, Madeline Hunter’s Lesson Plan Format, Multiple Intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

The WriteSteps print and online program was created to provide students and educators with the tools they need to become proficient and effective writers by providing the following:

  • WriteSteps provides: a framework; an organized system that a teacher can use to present Core Standard writing lessons and is designed around a writer's workshop model providing teachers with a basic structure from which to launch a more personalized program.
  • WriteSteps lessons are designed to be taught a minimum of three days a week in kindergarten and first grade. In grades second through fifth, a minimum of four days a week is necessary..
  • WriteSteps offers Flex Time which is extra time built into the final lessons of a unit. The purpose of this time is to allow students to finish writing pieces, or for teachers to finish scoring and conferencing. Flex Time also provides an opportunity for extensions to the unit, such as: publishing, illustrating, blogging, sharing, etc.



Pearson’s Envision Math 2.0 (Common Core) is designed for grades K-6 and fully powered for Common Core to support print, blended, and 1:1 digital learning experiences. The program’s new organization promotes focus and coherence. The major work at every grade is the priority for earlier in the year, enabling extensive exposure prior to assessments.


Envision Math print and digital components is customized to:

  • Focus on Common Core Math Clusters
  • Develops in-depth understanding
  • Connect mathematical content and practice standards
  • Problem-based learning and visual learning personalize learning of rigorous mathematics!
  • Engage learners with interactive learning aids and video tutorials
  • Personalize practice and provide immediate feedback with its built-in RTI activities in multiple modalities

Foreign Language: Spanish & Mandarin

The teaching and learning of one or more languages and cultures, in addition to the English language seeks to promote and support our goal to ensure that our students have a deep and enduring understanding of cultures, including their own, and to acquire functional proficiency in the target language(s).  These competencies will provide our students the ability to view the world through multiple lenses, participate fully and responsibly in the 21st century as global citizens, and contribute to our students’ college, career, and world-readiness.

Music Education

Young children are naturally sensitive to musical sounds that communicate feelings, emotions, and beautiful images. They love to imitate, explore, and express themselves through activities that engage every aspect of their physical, sensory, and imaginative beings. Through Music making student will have opportunities to speak, sing, play, move, and compose. As students progress to upper elementary school, they become increasingly keen observers of their world. They enjoy inventing games, working cooperatively, and creating personal codes and languages. An increased attention span enables memorization and the enjoyment of lengthened musical experiences.

Physical Education

Physical and Health Education are required for all students and instruction is aligned to the New York State Standards. Through our programs students will begin the process of gaining knowledge and skills to participate in a variety of healthy activities; understand and appreciate the benefits of maintaining a healthful lifestyle; understand how to evaluate and access resources in their community to pursue a healthy and active life; and will become aware of the many career opportunities available in this field.

Guided Instruction

Guided instruction is small group instruction facilitated by the teacher for a short period of time meant to develop meaningful understanding of concepts. Guided instruction can occur in any content area but is most frequently seen in reading and mathematics. Instructional topics are often focused on one or two specific learning targets during a guided instructional setting. Guided groups often last for 15-30 minutes, frequently followed by the students doing an independent or non-teacher led learning experience. Using the co-teaching model as a framework for effective small group instruction, the following models will be adapted and implemented across content areas during specific times for guided instruction: