Elementary ATLAS Program

Excelsior’s 4th to 6th-grade ATLAS Program provides students a comprehensive holistic approach to learning with supports that empower students to see the landscape of opportunities and assist in the creation of their academic and personal development plan.


Important Elementary Dates

Conferences – October 14 to 18

Report Cards – February 4

Conferences – March 30 to Apr 3

Report Cards – June 11


COMPASS CURRICULUM

English Language Arts Program

Elementary English Language Arts programs promote a balanced literacy approach which includes instruction in phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, writing, and speaking and listening. Our curriculum includes a variety of research-based best practices to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. ELA instruction aligns to Washington State Standards and is designed to build independent readers and writers with strong foundational skills to prepare our students for success in college, career, and life.

Math

EHS Elementary Grades 4 and 5 mathematics programs strive to build 21st-century problem solvers, mathematical thinkers, and collaborative citizens. From kindergarten to sixth grade, students develop and grow learning operations, multiplicative thinking, algebraic thinking, geometry, spatial relations and measurement in their mathematical journey. EHS teachers have a deep commitment to teaching students the needed skills to be successful 21st-century citizens. Mathematical instruction aligns to the Washington State Standards and uses Odysseyware in Mathematics as its curriculum to support learning these standards.

The EHS 6th grade math courses continue to develop problem solvers who seek to understand and can communicate effectively. Students have opportunities to make connections to real-world contexts throughout the materials as most units include a real-world application lesson. In our consumable problem-based curriculum, students work on carefully crafted and sequenced mathematics problems to build on their number sense as they develop a foundational fluency for geometry, algebra, and statistics.

Science

Students investigate how the natural and human-created world works. Students build academic vocabulary and skills in science and engineering through reading, experimentation, and classroom opportunities to design solutions to problems. The specific content progresses in difficulty as a student revisits concepts, for example, pushes and pulls are studied in kindergarten and third grade.

Social Studies

Elementary Social Studies programs explore complex concepts and ideas from civics, economics, geography, and history, and develop social studies skills. Students look at issues and events from more than one perspective. They study the varied backgrounds of people living in Washington; the United States, including the study of American Indians; and the rest of the world. Students examine these cultures from the past and in the present and the impact they have had in shaping our contemporary society.