Endeavor Charter School

Endeavor Charter School

We Learn by Doing. -Aristotle

Elementary School

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  • Elementary school at Endeavor Charter School has two main focuses. The first focus is to establish strong foundational skills in all academic areas.  The second focus is to develop confidence and the skills necessary to collaborate with others.  Our program is designed for an increase in independence appropriate for young students’ development.

    K-3: The Yellow Hall

    In kindergarten, students remain with their teacher and a full-time teaching assistant for the entire day. Within their classroom, students meet in reading groups, participate in reading, math, and choice centers, participate in morning meeting, and explore science and social studies concepts.  Two days each will also include fine arts classes.  On fine arts days, students travel with their class to the fine arts classrooms.  Each K class will participate in two fine arts classes on Tuesdays and two on Thursdays.  Over these two days, they will participate in visual art, music, drama, and Spanish once each week.  Kindergarteners enjoy recess on the K playground with their class or on the big playground with the entire kindergarten.  Students eat lunch in their classrooms.

    In first grade, students remain with their teacher and a part-time teaching assistant for the entire day. Within their classroom, students meet in reading groups, participate in reading, math, and choice centers, participate in morning meeting, and explore science and social studies concepts.  Two days each will also include fine arts classes.  On fine arts days, students travel with their class to the fine arts classrooms.  Each first grade class will participate in two fine arts classes on Mondays and two on Fridays.  Over these two days, they will participate in visual art, music, drama, and Spanish once each week.  First graders enjoy recess on the big playground with the first and second graders.  Students eat lunch in their classrooms.

    Second grade is a transition year at Endeavor. Students have a homeroom class.  Within this homeroom class they share morning meeting, eat lunch, and enjoy English Language Arts instruction.  They travel with their homeroom class to explore science with one second grade teacher, social studies with another second grade teacher, and writing with the third second grade teacher.  Students in second grade are sorted into math groups based on pre-tests for each upcoming unit of study.  The pretests allow the teachers to sort the students into groups with similar needs.  Students are assigned a math teacher for each unit based on these pre-tests.  Students participate in two fine arts days each week. Clearly, experiencing multiple teachers within a school day is a new opportunity for students.  They are supported through this process and end the year well prepared for the upper elementary grades. Second graders share recess with the first graders.

    3-5: Orange Hall

    Students in the third grade transition to the upper elementary hall. There they have a homeroom class with whom they share morning meeting and science and social studies instruction.  They transition in different groupings to reading, math, and writing classes.  In the third grade students participate for the first time in the NC End of Grade tests in reading and math and the corresponding Read to Achieve legislation.  Students participate in two fine arts days each week. Third graders share their recess with the fourth graders, and eat lunch in their homerooms.

    Fourth graders have a homeroom class with whom they share morning meeting. They transition in different groupings to English Language Arts, math, and social studies/science classes.  They are assessed through the NC End of Grade tests in reading and math.  Students participate in two fine arts days each week. Fourth graders share their recess with the third graders, and eat lunch in their homerooms.  Fourth graders are the first students to participate in an over-night field trip.

    Fifth grade is another transition year at Endeavor. Some aspects of the elementary schedule remain consistent, while some aspects of the middle school program are introduced. Fifth graders have a homeroom class with whom they share morning meeting. They transition in different groupings to English Language Arts, math, and social studies/science classes.  They are assessed through the NC End of Grade tests in reading, math, and science.  Rather than the elementary fine arts model, fifth graders participate in electives with the sixth graders.  They may choose an A day and a B day elective each semester.  Over the two years, they must take at least one elective class with each of the four fine arts teachers.  Their other electives may be with any fine arts teacher or with any of the other elective teachers.  Fifth graders share their recess with the sixth graders, and eat lunch in their homerooms.  Fifth graders may choose to use some of their recess days participating in intramural sports.

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