“Differentiated instruction” is not just a trend at RCLS. Instead, it is a hallmark of our educational approach. Even our standardized testing––the NWEA, which allows teachers to easily track an individual student’s skill level and progress ––reflects our emphasis on the needs of an individual student. Teachers shape lessons from grade-level objectives rather than on prescribed textbook sequences. This approach, together with a firm commitment to small class sizes, means teachers can individualize instruction for students at all levels. For example, it is not uncommon, in the lower grades, for classroom teachers to assign supplemental classwork to students who excel in a subject, while students in the upper grades are enabled to differentiate through topics of individual study or by electing the accelerated math track.
Additionally, students have access to resource support and enrichment opportunities. These are described below.
At RCLS, a resource team closely monitors individual students’ progress for the purpose of identifying students who would benefit from academic support services. Individual and small group instruction is provided to students needing extra assistance in curricular areas in grades 1-8. The Resource Teacher is a certified classroom teacher that provides supportive instruction and tutoring in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics.
LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCE
Suppport is available to students in grades 1-8 needing assistance in the areas of Reading, English, and Spelling, as well as the content areas of Science and Social Studies.
Math support is available for students in grades 1-8 who need extra academic assistance in the areas of calculation, math procedures, and application of mathematics.
Some students with an IEP or, in some cases, with a 504 plan are bused for a portion of the school day to receive support from District 535.
RCLS offers enrichment education in grades 1-5 for students who exhibit advanced skills in the classroom and/or interest in a particular enrichment course topic. An enrichment teacher plans 5-6 enrichment courses each year. Students from grade 1-5 are chosen to participate in a course, which meets 2 times each week for 4 weeks. The areas study of these enrichment classes vary from science to literature, math to engineering, art to global education. Recent topics have included:
- Foods of the World