Core Plan & Curriculum

At South Side Academy, we believe in educating our students through the use of high academic expectations and a rigorous curriculum that affords our students the opportunities to be successful, lifelong learners as they progress through their grade-levels.

Each day includes a minimum of 90 minutes of reading and a minimum of 90 minutes of math to help best prepare our students.”
— Stephanie Groscost, Principal, South Side Academy

Our students are engaged in 90 minutes of reading and math each day that centers upon each student’s differentiated ability levels. Our highly-qualified staff tailors each student’s instruction to accommodate varying abilities. South Side utilizes curriculum that adheres to the current common core standards and expectations for students in all grades.

Our teachers are trained in their curriculum areas, the common core standards, as well as engaging techniques that permit our students to reach their academic goals.

The South Side curriculum:

  • Focuses on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic subjects.

  • Equips students to build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity/ innovation, which are taught and assessed.

  • Encourages students to engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers.

At South Side, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. We firmly believe that the resources we provide combined with our enriching and rigorous curriculum provides our students with the progressive knowledge that they will need to become successful students equipped with the skills necessary to continue to be lifelong learners.