PO Box 157, Barnard, VT 05031 | 802-234-9763

General Information

Summer Soak

The Summer Soak program is already getting set for sign ups. Please take a moment to read the attached sheet. If you are interested in the Summer Soak program you should go on-line to view this year’s choices. The online registration opens March 13th. Keep in mind, the classes fill up extremely fast, so you will want to get signed up as soon as possible!  Click here for all necessary forms.

WCSU Draft 2019-2020 Calendar

DreamBox

Technology Use at Barnard Academy

After School Program Information: 

Below are forms you will need for your child to enroll in the After School Program.

After School Permission and Medical Forms

Spring Session Student Contract

After School Activities Spring

The Curriculum at Barnard Academy

The curriculum used at Barnard Academy is based on inquiry and conceptual teaching, using a framework of rigorous content knowledge as a solid foundation. Factual knowledge is placed in a context and is enhanced by conceptual knowledge. Conceptual knowledge is clarified as it is used to help organize the important details. This ensures high academic achievement using cumulative teaching techniques and content-specific strategies that match content with student.

Below is a description of the programs we use.

Literacy

For literacy, we use the Balanced Literacy approach. To track reading proficiency and growth, we  assess using the Fountas & Pinnell assessment system.The F&P continuum takes us through the learning progressions, building from year to year. Content for reading is also determined as much as possible by the units being taught in  Social Studies and Science. We also use the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Writing for the Intermediate hub.

Math

In math we use the Investigations 3 program for grades K-5. The 6th grade is piloting Open Up Resources also known as Illustrative Math.  This aligns with the math curriculum in the middle school.

Science

In science we build units using the NGSS standards, which are shared by teachers across the district.  Because we have multi-age classes, we combine some grade level units from each grade for one year, and then teach the rest the following year. For example, this year we are teaching some  3rd grade units, and some from the 4th grade, and next year we will teach the remaining units. This is the way we work through the combination grades.

Social Studies

In the Intermediate hub we use the district scope and sequence and we go back and forth due to the combinations. For example the 3 & 4 grade has been doing “Rivers of the World”  next year a study of “Mountains.” This year’s history curriculum is Vermont, colonies , and events leading up to the American Revolution, next year it will be World cultures,( Vikings, Romans, Africa, Islam).

For grade 5 and 6: this year the focus is US history starting with the Constitution through Westward Expansion and US geography. Next year it will be Ancient Civilization and world geography.

For the Primary Hub, we use the Core Knowledge curriculum.

PreK

In PreK we use The VT Early Learning Standards and the  Early learning for Core Knowledge. We use the Teaching Strategies Gold for assessment.

Here are some curriculum maps from this school year.

Curriculum Map for the Primary Hub

Curriculum Map for the Intermediate Hub

If you have further questions about the curriculum at Barnard Academy, please contact Hannah Thein.