Clusters

Configurations—Clusters

Our school is divided by grade levels into three clusters: Cluster One is comprised of grades K – 3, Cluster Two is grades 4 – 5 and Cluster Three is grades 6 – 8. Each cluster has a lead teacher who meets at least bi-weekly with the Director to review curriculum, review student progress and to problem solve any issues arising throughout the school.

Our 6th through 8th grade program is a hybrid middle school model. Sixth grade is taught by one core teacher who delivers the curriculum in science, social studies and language arts and a second teacher delivers the math curriculum. The 7th and 8th grade students are taught primarily by two teachers; one focuses on math/science and the other focuses on social studies/language arts. Students in this cluster change classes like larger middle schools, yet have fewer core subject teachers. In addition students in Cluster Three have art, drama and PE, as well as electives, which are held twice weekly.

Configurations—Classrooms

Clusters of grades allow students to develop at their own pace, yet still provide benchmarks to measure their development against standards.

Cluster 1: Kindergarten through grade 3 (grouped as K-1, 1-2, and 2-3)
Cluster 2: Grades 4 and 5
Cluster 3: Grades 6 through 8 (individual grades)

Within clusters, students are grouped based on readiness for particular skills and provided differentiated instruction in small groups or within the whole class accordingly. Most classrooms consist of multi-aged heterogeneous student groups with teachers working together to ensure smooth and successful transition from cluster to cluster. Each cluster has a lead teacher.

For more information about individual teachers and specific information about each cluster, please visit SCS Teacher Home.