New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards were first adopted by the State of New Jersey in 1996. The standards describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public education. Revised every five years, the standards provide local school districts with clear and specific benchmarks for student achievement in nine content areas. Developed by panels of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and representatives from higher education, business, and the community, the standards were influenced by national standards, research-based practice, and student need. The standards define a “Thorough and Efficient Education” as guaranteed in 1875 by the New Jersey Constitution.
The Newark Public Schools Curriculum is based upon the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards.
Literacy Program: Balanced Literacy
Bruce Street School offers a traditional academic curriculum with an emphasis on meeting the special needs of the deaf child. The 2004-05 academic year marked the beginning of a new adventure in literacy for our hearing impaired students as they began the Harcourt Trophies literacy series for Kindergarten through fifth grades. The new Harcourt series will improve literacy and leave no child behind. The series includes reading, vocabulary, language, and writing. Each child will have intensive work in literacy five days a week for 100 minutes each day.
Harcourt Trophies uses universal themes which help students realize that they are part of a large independent world and help students develop a sense of responsibility. These themes include self-discovery (individual), working together (social) growth and change (global/intellectual), creativity (individual), communities (social), and explorations (global/intellectual). Trophies develops student proficiency in all aspects of reading and language arts, including the key areas of phonemic awareness (where applicable), phonics (where applicable), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, as well as writing, spelling, grammar, listening, and speaking through Total Communication.
Below are Curriculum Snapshots for grades K-8: