Math and Science
Emphasis on Math
Saxon Math (Saxon) will be implemented as the school’s primary mathematics program in kindergarten through eighth grade. Saxon’s innovative, instructional approach breaks complex concepts into simpler increments, recognizing that smaller pieces of information are easier to learn and teach. It involves teaching a new mathematical concept and constantly reviewing old concepts. The program teaches math concepts in a spiraling fashion such that lessons build upward and outward. Research shows that the Saxon approach has produced significantly higher levels of student learning than those found in programs with a chapter-based approach.
Emphasis on Science
Ben Franklin Academy will implement a hands-on science curriculum in addition to the Core Knowledge Sequence that will actively engage its students in a broad science program through the implementation of the Core Knowledge science sequence, supplemented by Pearson Scott Foresman Science (grades K-5) and Prentice Hall Science Explorer (grades 6-8).
Science will be taught daily. Ben Franklin Academy will also reinforce the topics of study through science days and fieldtrips. In the 21st century, a proper foundation in the sciences is critical to understand the advances happening around us.