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) is used in our five lower elementary K-2 schools (Clairemont, Glennwood, Oakhurst, Westchester, and Winnona Park.)
      • For more information about the EL Education instructional program, please click here.
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes is used in our 3-12 schools (Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary, Talley Street Upper Elementary, Renfroe Middle School, and Decatur High School).
      • For more information about the International Baccalaureate instructional programs, please click here.


    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 the development of character and the quality of the work produced.