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Curriculum Overview

At ACS, K-5th grade students experience a challenging curriculum called Core Knowledge. Based on the research and findings of E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Core Knowledge exposes students to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that will build on one another to prepare them for educational success. This wide array of subject matter not only develops cultural literacy but also builds the strong vocabulary necessary for true reading comprehension.

The Core Knowledge curriculum is solid, specific, sequenced, and shared; students can understand the shared dimensions of knowledge, how subjects relate to one another and build over time, and how history influences contemporary events. They master the necessary vocabulary to comprehend the complex subjects that lie ahead, as well as the increasingly complex world around them. For further information, please see the link below to the Core Knowledge website.