Curriculum at Jamaica Village School

In Vermont, the Common Core State Standards replaced Vermont’s Grade Level Expectations beginning with the 2014-2015 school year; however, at Jamaica Village School, the transition began with the 2012-2013 school year.  The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce.  As well, the standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.  With this change comes learning about the CCSS; discussing changes that are needed with regard to current teaching practices and programs; and looking at the types of questions that will be asked of students on the “Smarter Balanced” assessment.  The CCSS are a step in the right direction for our students.  

This year marks our fourth year of implementation of a literacy (and in particular, reading) assessment – Fountas and Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment System (K-8).  We also continued our implementation of a unified approach to teaching literacy (reading, writing, language) using Fountas and Pinnell’s Continuum of Literacy Learning and professional development.  During the 2014-15 school year, we implemented Fundations, a Wilson Language program, in our kindergarten, first and second grades.  

WIth regard to math, we use the Common Core standards to frame our instruction along with the teachings of Mahesh Sharma, teacher developed materials and supplementary materials.  In addition, we use the WCSU Grade Level documents to guide our math instruction.  

Science curriculum is delivered in a two year cycle focusing on the Next Generation Science Standards’ disciplinary core areas (physical sciences; life sciences; earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology and applications of science).  

Similarly, a two year cycle for social studies is in place for grades PreK/K, 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th that follows Vermont’s Grade Expectations for History and Social Sciences.  Four core areas (history; physical and cultural geography; civics, government and society; and economics) frame our social studies curriculum.  Supplemental materials are also used to ensure all grade expectations are addressed.  

Our social curriculum follows the Responsive Classroom model and PBiS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports).

For more information, please call Laura Hazard, principal, at (802) 874-4822.

Information about the Common Core can be found at:

Information about the Next Generation Science Standards can be found at:

Information about VT’s Grade Expectations for History and Social Sciences can be found at:

Information about Responsive Classroom can be found at:

Information about PBiS can be found at: