Elementary Curriculum


Dr. Jennifer W. Dove, Director of Literacy and Humanities, Early Childhood - Grade 12

Brenda Lidestri, Director of Math, Science and Technology, Early Childhood - Grade 12

We believe that all children can learn and succeed. Recognizing that children learn in different ways, our instructional approach utilizes a variety of strategies within the same core content. We have developed an elementary curriculum that is aligned with N Y S Common Core standards and helps students to develop the ability to learn and become independent thinkers.

Research consistently shows that a parent/guardian's interest and support are key motivators in a child's academic success. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to be active in their child's schooling and to regularly monitor academic progress. 

At its best, education is a partnership between home, school and community. By working together, we can help our children become responsible, healthy and successful citizens of the world.


Math Program

The Binghamton City School District uses A Story of Units as the foundation of its elementary math curriculum. A Story of Units interweaves three components into a clearly sequenced and comprehensive educational program.

First, A Story of Units tells the unfolding story of mathematics as expressed in the standards—lesson by lesson, throughout each grade and over the student’s entire school career. The story draws together key themes: the creation and manipulation of, as well as the relationship between units.

Second, there is a major focus on meaningful assessment. Well-designed materials quickly and accurately identify student misconceptions and misunderstandings around content.

Third, A Story of Units utilizes an engaging lesson structure that helps teachers lead students through fast-paced practice, encourage perseverance, and foster thoughtful development of understanding. Students’ understanding of subjects like algebra extends naturally from their knowledge of numbers.

Challenge Enrichment Program

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Our Challenge Enrichment Program adds to the classroom experience for all K-8 students by providing rich and rigorous opportunities to extend the curriculum using conceptual themes, multimedia and integration of the arts.

Challenge teachers collaborate with our classroom teachers to develop and teach multi-disciplinary lessons that integrate the arts, technology, humanities and sciences. The Challenge teacher consults with the classroom teacher on researching and designing differentiated lessons, organizing field trips, and integrating technology.

The Challenge Enrichment Program also provides direct instruction outside of the regular classroom, where identified students participate in in-depth explorations of grade-level themes and concepts.

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