Guide for Prospective Parents

 Core Knowledge Academy Guide for Prospective Parents

What is the Core Knowledge Academy?

The Core Knowledge Academy is a K-5 program of choice offered by Millard. Students are challenged through a in-depth and swiftly-paced curriculum which develops higher-level thinking skills.  The teacher-directed environment establishes high expectations through whole-group learning, and fosters analytical thinking.  The Millard Core Knowledge Academy provides cultural literacy through a sequential and challenging curriculum rooted in the E.D. Hirsch Core Knowledge Sequence and philosophy.  Our program develops rich reading and writing skills through the use of Spalding, Phonics, and Shurley Grammar.  The Core Knowledge Academy at Cather is recognized as a Core Knowledge Program School of Distinction.

What is the philosophy of the Core Knowledge Academy?

·      Rooted in the E.D. Hirsch sequence and philosophy

·      Initiated by parents driven by a vision of “back to basics” program        with a teacher-directed environment

·      NOT a remedial program, nor a gifted program

·      Rigorous, challenging, swift-paced curriculum

·      Parental support is essential                                                                                                  

 What curriculum is used in a Core Knowledge classroom?

·     Spalding Phonograms and Phonics  (Kindergarten through 4th Grade)

·      Greek and Latin (5th Grade)

·     Shurley Grammar  (Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

·     Saxon Math

·     Core Knowledge Sequence for Science

·     E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Sequence forms the basis for all       

      curricular areas 

 Why should my family choose Core?

·  Your child will be enthusiastic about learning as our rigorous curriculum unfolds.

·  The Core Knowledge curriculum covers advanced topics that are typically not covered in a      traditional public school setting.

·  This mini-magnet program contains components that will enrich and strengthen your       

    child’s academic and cultural growth.

Is Core a good fit for my child? 

The Core Knowledge Academy is not a remedial program, nor is it a gifted program. It is simply a choice for parents to make regarding program. It is simply a choice for parents to make regarding their child's education.  Does it fit all children? No.  As with any program, unless the parent, teacher and child desire to work at success, there will be only mediocre or minor progress.  The strength of this program is found in this three-fold (parent, teacher, and child) cooperative effort. All understand that to learn, one must practice. Parents desire choice in education; the Millard Core Academy offers one such choice.

A student entering the Core Knowledge Program is eager and ready to learn, self-reliant, curious.  He/she can recall facts, demonstrates self-control over emotions and actions, communicate thoughts and feelings verbally, accept and respond appropriately to all directions, show respect to adults, and learn with the whole group. 

What does a Core Knowledge classroom look like?

·      Classroom instruction is directed by the teacher

·      Self-contained classrooms

·      Individual desks in rows, facing the teacher

·      Students are expected to follow school and classroom rules

·      Homework is assigned regularly

 How can I visit a Core Knowledge classroom?

 Contact our school at 402-715-1315 or to schedule a tour!

How do I enroll my student in the Core Knowledge Program at Cather?

·     Kindergarten Welcome Packet

·     District Enrollment Information

·     District Transfer Sheet

·     District Insurance

·     MPS Family Literacy