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Academic Program

Curriculum
girl_with_leaf.jpgCurriculum in the Upper School Program is aligned with the national Common Core standards. It consists of new units of study created by Cambridge teachers for Cambridge students, and piloted by CPS middle grades teachers in spring 2012. All CPS middle grades teachers were invited to participate in the unit of study design process. Ten departmental meetings were devoted to curriculum writing in 2011-12, in all content areas. In addition, smaller teacher teams were compensated for additional unit design and creation outside of departmental time.

boy_smiling.pngUnits of study are living documents teachers will modify and expand on through their instruction—not cookie cutter plans that will limit teacher creativity. Units of study are frameworks that help clarify units’ essential questions and goals for understanding. Units of study help identify what we want students to know and be able to do; how students can show their understanding; and how teachers can check students’ prior knowledge and skills. Teachers created units of study using a shared design process and template, in order to provide students with a coherent and seamless experience across disciplines. To learn more about units of study, see the November 2011 School Committee presentation by CPS English language arts teachers and coaches. (WMP | Silverlight)

The Upper School Program comprises the following disciplines:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Science
  • World Language
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Library Media/Educational Technology
  • Physical Education, Health, and Wellness

Learn More

Out-of-School-Time Programming
Upper Schools Curriculum Highlights Booklet
View the May 31, 2012 Curriculum Night presentation video (WMP | Silverlight)
Academic Challenge
Arts in the Upper Schools
Math Program
Sixth Grade Transition Program
Advisory Program
Habits of Scholarship
Trimester System with Project Periods