In partnership with the parents, teachers, students and community members it is the desire and intent of Woodbury Leadership Academy to create an environment that fosters academic success through:
- Rigorous content and domains of study
- High expectations
- Inquiry-based learning
The mission of Woodbury Leadership Academy is to utilize Core Knowledge curriculum to provide an educational program that is academically rigorous, based on solid research and demonstrated success.
The Core Knowledge Sequence provides a detailed outline of recommended content knowledge and skills to be taught in language arts, history and geography, mathematics, science, visual arts and music. The Sequence is intended to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge grade by grade. Compared to most curriculum standards, the Core Knowledge Sequence embodies three essentials qualities. Those qualities include content-specific, cumulative and coherent.
Core Knowledge develops content-rich resources to support knowledge-based schooling. See examples of these resources below.
How is Core Knowledge different from other curriculums? How is it rigorous?
What sets Core Knowledge apart from a traditional school is the specificity of the Sequence. The Sequence is designed to encourage steady academic growth as students build on knowledge year after year. There are no repeated units in multiple grades. Additionally, The Sequence is organized to support coherent instruction and to make cross-curricular connections across subjects.
Many educators believe that schools are good at teaching and testing facts, but that students are not prepared to apply those facts to solving problems. Core Knowledge believes that for students to solve meaningful problems, they must first be supplied with knowledge about the domain of study. Skills and knowledge should complement each other.
The subject matter covered in Core Knowledge Sequence is rigorous. Students are exposed to a lot of information and rich vocabulary. Additionally, students are expected to move at a fast pace, as there are many domains of study in each grade level that must be covered. For students to be successful in this rigorous environment, families must be involved in their child's education.
Another difference between a Core Knowledge school and what children might experience in another school is that art and music are essential elements of the Core Knowledge Sequence, not add-on subjects that are sometimes squeezed out because of funding cutbacks or other priorities. Students at Woodbury Leadership Academy regularly participate in specialist classes in music, art, P.E. and media.