The goal of science instruction at Provident Charter School is for students to become scientifically literate investigators, embracing scientific thinking and examination as a lens through which to view society and the world. Students examine real-world problems that surround scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and co-construct models or explanations that lead to solutions. The NGSS aligned study of science is rooted in hands-on learning experiences, virtual simulations, and literacy-rich activities as students learn to think, read, write, and argue like a scientist.
The goal of social studies instruction at Provident Charter School is to develop informed, productive, and responsibly engaged citizens that are able to actively participate in an interdependent, globally diverse, democratic society. Students are engaged in an inquiry-based approach that examines rich historical questions through the lenses of civics, economics, geography, and history. Students examine the historical context that creates different points of view with the intention of understanding multiple perspectives.
Social studies instruction at Provident Charter School is focused on developing critical thinkers with a globally diverse mindset that recognize the unique challenges of our increasingly interdependent world. Students explore topics through an inquiry approach, utilizing the four strands of civics, economics, geography, and history as distinct lenses through which to examine compelling questions. A strong focus is placed on gathering and evaluating sources, developing claims and using evidence, and collaborating with peers to communicate findings. Students build upon this knowledge and take action with performance tasks designed to foster civic engagement and responsibility. The National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) themes identified below are interwoven throughout the grade-level units of study.