The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.
The Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems. The knowledge and skills students need to be prepared for mathematics in college, career, and life are woven throughout the mathematics standards.
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. The Next Generation Science Standards aim to improve the way students learn and apply science skills, thereby strengthening their understanding of, and interest in, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. All three of the NGSS key components - disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices - focus on making the STEM fields more relatable to students.
With the History–Social Science Framework for California Public Schools as a guide to the eras and civilizations to study, these standards require students not only to acquire core knowledge in history and social science, but also to develop the critical thinking skills that historians and social scientists employ to study the past and its relationship to the present.
SPAS Elementary Level Program (ES)
Grow, Learn, Achieve Together
SPAS Elementary Program is a safe and caring environment filled with loving teachers who are focused on providing a challenging learning environment which is child-centered, well-balanced and aims to develop the whole child.
Our child-friendly program, with its small class sizes and personalized attention, provides each child with the tools required to reach their academic potential and be happy, considerate members of our learning community.
Beyond the classroom, we provide an extensive extra-curricular program full of activities such as Soccer, Softball, Reading and Writing and Art Carft. Through this program, our elementary is busy both during and after class.
SPAS Middle Level Program (MS)
A great place for great future
SPAS MS program will continue to build on the programs implemented within the Elementary program. The US Common Core (math and English), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and California States Standard (CSS) Social Studies Standards provide the framework for learning.
The MS program (grades 6 -8) provides a transitional bridge between the more child-centered, self-contained classroom of the ES program and the curriculum based departmental focus of High level program.
SPAS MS program has also introduced leadership development programs and activities such as Student Council, Yearbook Club and Student Newspaper which are all designed to promote responsible global citizenship.