The English curriculum has two components:
1. Literature: Focused on reading comprehension, analysis, and critical thinking using literature as a basis.
2. Writing Workshop
Literature units are organized thematically, beginning with personal themes and broadening to social and ethical concerns. In the study of literature, reading, discussing, and arguing about meanings and ideas take an important place. Individually and in small groups, students practice developing and finding evidence to support their interpretations of literature. Vocabulary is taught in the context of literary reading. Curricular work culminates in analytical essays.
A major emphasis is on learning to write a 3-5 page critical essay, with a clear thesis and correct grammar.
The writing component of the curriculum is structured on a workshop model. This is an individualized approach, with students pursuing subjects of their choice, in the genre they choose.
Grammar is taught both in class and in editing conferences, in which the teacher can focus on the individual writer.
The Math curriculum is one of the most focused curricula in HSADE. Two class periods are dedicated to math instruction every day in middle school. In Math it is important for students to:
1. Understand that mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships.
2. Become familiar with some of those patterns and relationships.
3. Learn to use them in daily life.
Students will have considerable experience in making data, tables, graphs, and geometric sketches and using them, along with symbols and clear English, to describe a wide variety of patterns and relations.
Three major characteristics of HSADE Math curriculum are:
1. Problem solving
2. Basic skills defined to encompass more than the computational facility.
3. Mathematics programs which take full advantage of the power of calculators and computers.
The Math curriculum is integrated throughout the school curriculum as much as possible. There is a great range of advanced courses for those who have a talent in math.
The HSADE has a Science-oriented curriculum. Programs will concentrate more on an experimental, hands-on approach to their current definition of science while increasing the abstract knowledge of science.
Science is a dynamic ever-changing discipline: thus students will be encouraged to use computers and the internet, and to plan and organize projects, hypothesize, analyze data and draw conclusions from tests they would create.
The elementary school students will take integrated-science in grades 4-5.
The Social Studies program emphasizes on the awareness of self, family groups, community, and local government. We also emphasize on the understanding of the geography and the historical, cultural and social development of Ohio, The United States, and the World.
The Social Studies curriculum includes the following:
1. The development of map and globe skills
2. The development of reference and research skills
3. The use of media, such as films, tape, educational TV, etc. for enrichment
4. The discussion of current events
5. The study of the processes of government
6. The development of critical thinking skills, such as classifying, deductive and divergent thinking, comparing/contrasting, and making evaluations.
Physical Education & Health
The physical education program at this level focuses on sports related activities and physical fitness. Students will be exposed to a variety of teams and individual experiences. They are also assisted in their social and emotional development. The primary purpose of physical education is to promote a healthy life style, develop motor skills, and develop a positive attitude toward physical fitness. It is known that many lifelong practices and habits are learned and acquired during childhood and youth. These growing and developing years are extremely important to the establishment of sound health practices. Teachers use the teaching resource files for the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education Program to help the students. The students in health courses will understand the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems.