The staff of Elm Grove Elementary School is committed to preparing every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be a successful, functioning member of society. To that end, opportunities for the mastery of the basic skills of reading, grammar, written and spoken English, listening, and using mathematics must be provided to each student. The key to success will involve teachers and parents working together to provide students with a broad range of high quality educational opportunities designed for their intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship in an ever-changing world. By working together, interacting and communicating, the parents and school can improve learning and the educational environment that can make a good school even better.
The ultimate goals of the school is the personal and social development of students into productive, well-adjusted members of society. Their academic achievement will reflect the best efforts of the school. By meeting their needs as individuals, we will meet the needs of society. If we accomplish one, we accomplish the other. In an effort to develop students to their fullest potential, the staff believes that:
All children are capable of learning.
Learning situations should be adapted to the needs of the individual.
The rate of learning is not the same for all individuals.
Progress is determined by individual ability.
Parents need to be made aware of, and accountable for, the actions of their children.
A closer personal tie between home and school should be developed.
This philosophy of education must be a living, growing, integrated one to meet the challenges of a changing society.
Philosophy of Curriculum
All learning for the child is based on the foundation of previous learnings. Diagnostic and prescriptive approaches, based on the identification of skills and deficits on a developmental continuum, are necessary for continuous learning and progress.
To achieve this, the educational program must include the following goals:
To facilitate mastery basic skills needed for communication - reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
To facilitate the mastery of basic skills needed for mathematics competency.
To prioritize the teaching of reading and mathematics and other communication skills.
To develop competencies in perceptual skills, physical coordination, body mastery, and healthful living.
To develop attitudes and beliefs necessary to function in a technological and democratic society and to recognize the worth of each individual, of all racial and ethnic groups.
To base instruction on diagnostic and prescriptive results.
To provide a process whereby students receive multiple services to facilitate a successful transition from the home to the school and from early to middle childhood.
To provide close interaction between the home and school through a program for parent education and parent involvement.