academics

At FernLeaf, we embrace a hands-on, student-centered approach to instruction (check out the Innovative Practices tab to learn more). Our teachers begin with a strong academic foundation and insert their own inspiration, expertise, and passions to bring learning to life.

CURRICULUM

FernLeaf educators are masters at using the Standard Course of Study and differentiated instruction to provide engaging academic content lessons.

As a core instructional practice, FernLeaf educators use small group instruction to teach, reinforce, and informally assess student learning. Incorporating project based learning into these practices allows us to focus on a student centered approach to content mastery while also teaching critical thinking skills.

 

We also utilize the Ready North Carolina Curriculum, to provide our students with instruction that is directly aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. This curriculum uses a problem solving-based approach that strengthens students’ learning muscles and builds conceptual understanding through reasoning, practice, and productive discussion using real-world scenarios.


Our educators supplement their personalized classroom instruction with iReady Learning, an online instructional resource that assists educators in supporting student growth and grade-level learning. iReady is uniquely designed to provide scaffolded support that meets the needs of all students, especially struggling learners.

SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPORTS

For students who need support above and beyond what is occurring as part of the Core Instruction outlined above we provide the following resources:

  • Small Group Interventions provided by our Intervention Team

  • After School Tutoring

  • Summer Reading Camp

  • Summer Tutoring

assessing student learning

A variety of informal and formal assessments are used throughout the school year to monitor student growth.

 

These growth monitoring tools include formative and summative assessments in addition to the iReady Assessment tool. The results of these assessments in addition to day-to-day classroom observations are summarized in our trimester Progress Reports.

 

AT SCHOOL SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPORTS:

 

  • Interventions

  • After School Tutoring

  • Summer Reading Camp

  • Summer Tutoring

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR STUDENT AT HOME? CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES!

READING & LITERACY
MATH
Want something more individualized for your student?  Reach out to their teacher, they will be glad to help!