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.

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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. One way to be involved is working with your child on homework. Check out our WLA Homework Guidelines by clicking HERE.

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.

Curriculum Maps



Grade One

Grade Two

Grade Three

Grade Four

Grade Five

Grade Six 

Grade Seven

Grade Eight

Kindergarten Domains of Study

Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG)

(1) Let's Explore Our World!

(2) Native Americans

(3) Exploring and Moving to America

(4) The Mount Rushmore Presidents

Core Knowledge Science 2019 (CKSci) - IN PROGRESS

(1) Pushes and Pulls

(2) Needs of Plants and Animals

(3) Changing Environments

(4) Weather Patterns

(5) Our Five Senses

First Grade Domains of Study

Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) - IN PROGRESS

(1) Continents, Countries and Maps

(2) Mesopotamia

(3) Ancient Egypt

(4) Three World Religions

(5) Early Civilizations of the Americas

(6) The Culture of Mexico

(7) Early Explorers and Settlers

(8) From Colonies to Independence

(9) Exploring the West

Core Knowledge Science 2019 (CKSci) - IN PROGRESS

(1) Sun, Moon, and Stars

(2) Plant and Animal Survival

(3) Exploring Light and Sound

(4) Simple Machines

(5) Human Body Systems

Second Grade Domains of Study

Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) 

(1) Ancient India

(2) Ancient China

(3) The Culture of Japan

(4) Ancient Greece

(5) Geography of the Americas

(6) Making the Constitution

(7) The War of 1812

(8) Americans Move West

(9) The Civil War

(10) Immigration and Citizenship

(11) Civil Rights Leaders

Core Knowledge Science 2019 (CKSci) - IN PROGRESS

(1) Properties of Matter

(2) Organisms and their Habitat

(3) Exploring Land and Water

(4) Electricity and Magnetism

(5) Human Cells and Digestion

Third Grade Domains of Study

Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG)

(1) World Rivers

(2) Ancient Rome

(3) Vikings

(4) The Earliest Americans

(5) Canada

(6) Exploration of North America

(7) The Thirteen Colonies

Core Knowledge Science 2019 (CKSci) - IN PROGRESS

(1) Investigating Forces

(2) Life Cycles, Traits and Variations

(3) Habitats and Change

(4) Weather and Climate

Fourth Grade Domains of Study

Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG)

(1) Using Maps

(2) World Mountains

(3) Medieval Europe

(4) Medieval Islamic Empires

(5) Early and Medieval African Kingdoms

(6) Dynasties of China

(7) The American Revolution

(8) The United States Constitution

(9) Early Presidents

(10) American Reformers

 Core Knowledge Science 2019 (CKSci) - IN PROGRESS

(1) Energy Transfer and Transformation

(2) Investigating Waves

(3) Structures and Functions of Living Things

(4) Processes That Shape Earth

(5) Using Natural Resources for Energy

Fifth Grade Domains of Study

Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) - IN PROGRESS

(1) World Lakes

(2) Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations

(3) The Age of Exploration

(4) The Renaissance

(5) The Reformation

(6) England in the Golden Age

(7) Early Russia

(8) Feudal Japan

(9) The Geography of the United States

(10) Westward Expansion Before the Civil War

(11) The Civil War

(12) Westward Expansion After the Civil War

(13) Native Americans: Cultures and Conflicts

Core Knowledge Science 2019 (CKSci) - IN PROGRESS

(1) Investigating Matter

(2) Energy and Matter in Ecosystems

(3) Modeling Earth's Systems

(4) Protecting Earth's Resources

(5) Astronomy: Space Systems