Our Curriculum

Classical Curriculum
Classical education is rooted in the best of time-honored educational practices. The traditional liberal arts are Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, and Music; the study of these prepared students for the study of Philosophy. Today, a classical curriculum is based on the first three liberal arts, which together are called the Trivium. Students are taught the grammar, or basic knowledge, in each subject. Young students readily learn rhymes, stories, language, vocabulary, arithmetic, and facts. As knowledge grows, students want to know not just “what” but “why.” They learn logic and critical thinking skills through reading ideas and arguments of others, by contemplating knowledge, truth, and ideas, and by discussing and practicing. Mature students learn rhetoric to express their ideas eloquently and persuade others. Throughout their study of the Trivium, students are trained in virtues and core values, such as citizenship, cooperation, courage, honesty, integrity, perseverance, respect, and responsibility.

Classes at Coastal Preparatory:CFA will be taught using a variety of methods, including direct instruction, Socratic questioning, class discussion, seminars, read-aloud, projects, hands-on learning, and writing assignments. Students will work individually and in small groups. Information throughout grade levels is presented in an integrated fashion, emphasizing the connections between areas of knowledge and reinforcing what students are learning.

Core Knowledge 

A Coherent, Cumulative, and Content-Specific Curriculum. The idea behind the Core Knowledge Sequence is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. For the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness, and higher literacy, Core Knowledge provides a core curriculum that is coherent, cumulative, and content-specific in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge, grade by grade.

If all of our children are to be fully educated and participate equally in civic life, then we must provide each of them with the shared body of knowledge that makes literacy and communication possible. This concept, central to the Core Knowledge Foundation’s goal of excellence and equity in education, takes shape in the Sequence—a pioneering attempt to outline the specific core of shared knowledge that all children should learn in American schools.

The Core Knowledge Sequence and Teacher Handbook are detailed outlines of specific content (and skills) taught in English/language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, and fine arts.

The Arts

Beyond providing wide background knowledge that can help with reading comprehension, studying the arts gives further benefits. A new National Endowment for the Arts Research Report shows the potential benefits of Arts Education for at-risk youth. Those who study the arts have better academic outcomes, higher career goals, and are more civically engaged. Studying the arts can also enhance creativity, creative thinking, and problem-solving. Learning about the arts and cultures around the world, past, and present, provides a better cross-cultural understanding and a greater comprehension of what it is to be human.

At CPA:CFA, arts education is integrated into the Core Knowledge Sequence.  Art will be an encore class that is offered to all students in grade K-5 and as an elective for Middle School.

Singapore math

Singapore math refers to the teaching method and curriculum used in Singapore, a nation that consistently ranks at the top of international assessments of student achievement in math. It’s based on a framework developed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education that emphasizes mastery of concepts through dynamic problem solving and communication.

One of the defining features of Singapore math is visualization. The concrete, pictorial, and abstract method underscore the real-world application of math. It takes students from hands-on activities to pictorial representations, and finally to numbers.

When we first introduced the world to Singapore math in the late nineties there was one core series for grades 1-6, Primary Mathematics, that encapsulated the approach. We still offer this series and many other titles that represent this effective method. Almost two decades after bringing Singapore math to the U.S., it has become an established part of math education and comes in many forms. We’re proud to have started the phenomenon! At Singapore Math Inc. we remain true to the essence of the Singapore approach as we add titles to our collection.

Singapore math is a powerful method with proven results. It provides both instant improvement and long-term mastery. Singapore math teaches students the how and why of foundational math through the steady build of concepts and skills with the goal of preparing them for more advanced topics. The approach is known for its focus on depth over memorization and drill work.

Singapore math is about drawing connections, supporting the thinking process, and instilling comprehensive understanding. It encourages perseverance and naturally gives students confidence as they become equipped to solve problems using many different tools.

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Physical Education

It is generally acknowledged that physical activity helps keep students fit and healthy, but numerous studies have shown that there are also academic benefits to physical activity. According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, physical activity can

  • Improve blood flow and oxygen to the brain, improving mental clarity.
  • Positively affect the portion of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
  • Improve connections between nerves in the brain, thus improving attention and information-processing skills.
  • Build strong bones and muscles.
  • Decrease the likelihood of developing obesity and risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Reduce anxiety and depression.

CPA:CFA is committed to providing each student the opportunity for a minimum of a half hour of physical activity a day while at school.

Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to education that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). The Responsive Classroom approach empowers educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant.

CPA:CFA is committed to developing strong relationships with our students that we dedicated a minimum of a half hour a day of our schedule while at school.

Character Education

We believe in educating the whole child.  Our school uses the acronym COMPASS to highlight the strong character traits we desire and cultivate in our scholars.

  • C  – Citizenship
  • O  – Open-mindedness
  • M – Manners and  Teamwork
  • P  – Persistence
  • A  – Accountability
  • S  – Service-oriented actions
  • S  – Scholarship

Our scholars are expected to S.A.I.L every day and CPA:CFA

  • S – Stay Safe
  • A – Act Responsible
  • I – Inspire Kindness
  • L – Listen and Learn