Teaching and Learning Overview

  • The Teaching and Learning Department includes all general education content areas, Multi-tiered systems of support, and gifted services.

    Our goal of education in City Schools of Decatur, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12, is to cultivate and nurture extraordinary, critical thinkers who are ethical and inspired to make the world a better place.  

    Learning Standards/Expectations

    • The College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center serves children from infant – Pre-Kindergarten. The curriculum and instruction in infant to Pre-Kindergarten classrooms align and/or are guided by the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS).
      • Please click here for the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS).
    • For Kindergarten to Grade 12, we align our curriculum and instruction to the Georgia Performance Standards of Excellence. Please click here to review the standards for a specific subject and grade level.

    Our Core Beliefs about Curriculum and Instruction
    Both instructional programs (EL Education and International Baccalaureate) and the learning standards/expectations support the core beliefs we hold about curriculum and instruction.

      • We believe all students can learn.
      • We believe students learn best when they experience instruction that is meaningful, rewarding, and challenging and that prepares them for lifelong learning.
      • We believe the best learning is active and experienced and happens in community with others.
      • We believe curriculum is most impactful when it combines rigor with joy.
      • We believe it is important for curriculum and instruction to promote intercultural understandings.
      • We believe student achievement is defined not only by mastery of the content standards but also by the development of character and the quality of the work produced.

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