Curriculum

Chester Academy's Kindergarten through Eighth Grade curriculum provides foundational skills and academic challenges to the students of Chester. Our curriculum is standards-based and aligned to the New Hampshire Frameworks and National Common Core Curriculum Standards.
 
Chester Academy's instructional staff participate in annual professional development training in an ongoing effort to improve instruction and develop high quality standards-based units, lessons and assessments. Our goal is to ensure that Chester Academy's students are well prepared, motivated lifelong learners.
 
As we look to the future, we are continuing to incorporate more technology tools as a standard component of teaching and assessment. The majority of our middle level books now have accompanying electronic licenses which means students don't have to carry their books home. In many cases, it also allows students to review interactive electronic support when completing homework assignments.
 
Yearly assessments are administered and used as a method to measure growth during the school year and as data to support direct instruction.   We also administer annual academic standards based assessments, such as i-Ready, in mathematics and language arts. Teachers provide a variety of content area assessments throughout the school year. We use these assessments to review student progress on an annual basis.  The New Hampshire Department of Education recently announced the new vendor for the spring statewide assessment.  American Institute for Research (AIR) will replace the Smarter Balanced assessments and the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) for science.  More information on this change will be forthcoming.
 
The purpose of the grade level overviews is to give parents a general picture of what their children will be learning throughout the school year. If you have further questions concerning a particular grade level curriculum and content area, we recommend that you speak to your child's teacher.