High Point Academy’s elementary program consists of kindergarten through fourth grade and is made up of 26 classes. In our elementary grades, all content is provided by the primary classroom teacher. All classroom teachers hold a South Carolina Teaching Certificate and have attended an accredited university. Teachers use hands-on learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) lessons and projects in the classroom to engage students. Teachers will implement the current adopted SC Standards with clear expectations for each student and grade level.
Each elementary student will use an online program (iReady) to help reduce any gaps in knowledge and state expectations. The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is also used to determine a student’s instructional level in reading. The DRA is administered individually to students by teachers or the reading specialists. Students read a selection (or selections) and then retell what they have read to the examiner. As the levels increase, so does the difficulty level for each selection. This information is used to guide instruction during reading workshop.
In third and fourth grade, students will take the SC PASS and SC READY state standardized tests. These tests will help to track the progress of each child, as well as teacher performance, for specific grades. High Point Academy will use the data for every student to target their strengths and weaknesses and help them be more successful.
Students receive additional instruction from Academic Arts teachers in the areas of theatre, music, piano, physical education, dance, art, and sign language. These Academic Arts classes are built into their daily schedule. The goal in elementary academic arts class is to expose students to a variety of arts. Once they enter middle school, students are able to select academic arts classes that best suit their interests.