Atlas International School is part of a growing network of schools across the country that use the Core Knowledge curriculum and that are finding great success as measured both by standardized tests and by the students' enjoyment of learning.
In addition to language arts, math (Saxon math), science and social studies, all of our K-8 students learn Spanish and French, and at least one musical instrument (violin and/or piano).
For music, kindergartners learn violin only. First to third graders learn both instruments. Fourth to eighth graders can continue with both instruments or choose piano only. Guitar lessons may be made available if enough interest is shown.
At Atlas we use a project method as one of our teaching tools. All students in elementary and middle school complete at least 3 classroom projects per year on various science and social studies topics. The teacher provides the general topic but the student can choose the specific subtopic he would like to report on. Students present their project to their classmates using a science display board or other visuals (live animals, experiments, models, etc.). We stress public speaking skills and even the shiest child comes out of his shell and starts to look forward to giving presentations. In grades 3 and up, students are expected to write a short report to go along with their visuals. These reports are printed in grade 3, written in cursive in grades 4-6, and typed in the upper grades.
All of our students also participate in a science, math or geography fair every year. Enjoy these photos from our last math fair, "Math Makes It Possible". (Photos courtesy of Kim Krause)