Teaching and Learning
Our Goal of Education
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. There are two complementary instructional programs in City Schools of Decatur that support our goal of education:
- EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) in our five lower elementary K-3 schools (Clairemont, Glennwood, Oakhurst, Westchester, and Winnona Park)
- For more information about the EL Education instructional program, please click here.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes at the upper elementary (K4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue, Renfroe Middle School, and Decatur High School.
- For more information about the International Baccalaureate instructional programs, please click here.
- 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 the development of character and the quality of the work produced.