Curriculum and Standards
Standards Based Experiences
The foundation of Westover's Literacy and Math Curricula are the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by Connecticut to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy and math no later than the end of high school. At Westover, we incorporate the standard into our art experiences, thus providing many varied and unusual ways to apply the standard beyond the traditional classroom context. Please click on the image on this link to access more in depth information about the CCSS.
We also recognize that Science is a significant component of a well-rounded education. We use The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are K–12 science content standards that set forth expectations for what students should know and be able to do. We have dedicated blocks of time for students to deepen their understanding of the physical world through the scientific and engineering process. In addition, we have incorporated science into our reading and writing curriculum. NGSS set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. Ultimately, exposure to NGSS standards and science lab experiences are preparing our students for college, careers, and citizenship. If you want to learn more about these standards click this link NGSS
Using Connecticuts Social Studies Framework, Westover provides a comprehensive social studies education that encourages community engagement and civic discourse. All students develop essential literacy and critical-thinking skills that are indispensable to understanding our nation and the world, including contemporary issues and their related historical, geographic, economic and cultural factors. Our goal is to lay the civic foundation, that encourages students to display ethical and moral behaviors, participate in both national and local civic and service learning activities, and inspires students to take this knowledge and make the world better place for all. If you want to learn more about the standards please click this link CESSF