About Academics

We believe that all students can learn and will learn. Core Knowledge is a content rich curriculum designed to provide a “coherent foundation of learning”, including significant knowledge of diverse people and culture. Along with Core Knowledge requirements in English, History, Science and Math, we value and implement a whole child approach to learning which includes: art, world language, music, physical education, technology and leadership. Our teachers have high academic expectations for students and work collaboratively to provide speaking, reading, writing and thinking opportunities across the curriculum. Students are challenged with honors and accelerated classes, as well as supported with a variety of learning interventions, which promote excellence and fairness for all students. This prepares our students for their transition to high school and eventually for college, careers and citizenship.

All academic and instructional practices at Kinard are driven by four essential questions (see below). These questions have been adopted for our use through Rick DuFour’s work with Solution Tree. To learn more about the academic program at Kinard, please use the links below as a reference.

  1. Instruction- What do we want students to know & be able to do?
  2. Assessment- How will we know if students have learned?
  3. Support- What will we do if students are not learning?
  4. Challenge- What will we do if students are not challenged?