Brevard Academy Curriculum

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It is the mission of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy to provide high quality education for a diverse community of students, Grades K-8, in a nurturing environment that motivates children in the pursuit of personal excellence. As a partnership between teachers, students, and parents, the school is dedicated to the development of the whole child and to the enhancement of the values of respect and responsibility.

Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy is a public charter school that provides the K-8 foundation to fulfill the mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education, "Every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and post secondary education and prepared for life in the 21st Century" (N. C. State Board of Education, 2006) BA-CFA strives to assure that its graduates are literate, articulate and competent in information communication and technology, creative across the curriculum, globally aware, and ready to access the many high school opportunities available to students in North Carolina. To this end, the school curriculum aligns Core Knowledge the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
and the Common Core Curriculum
Developed at the University of Virginia under the leadership of E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Core Knowledge provides children in grades K-8 with a substantial body of shared knowledge and ideas that enable them to communicate with their fellow citizens and to thrive in the modern world (Hirsch, 1998, xiii). Core Knowledge is structured to allow teachers ample opportunity to develop investigative study, hence critical thinking and problem solving skills. It forms a sound base for high school success. Core Knowledge incorporates: language arts, history and geography, fine arts (visual arts and music), mathematics, and natural sciences. To ensure genuine breadth and balance in learning, students at Brevard Academy take courses in Latin designed to have them ready to complete Latin I for high school credit in 8th grade, information communication and technology/computing so that they will complete the computer literacy assessment requirement by 8th grade, and a physical activity program that focuses on movement and physical activities in an outdoor environment.

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy's core curriculum is enhanced by art, music, Latin, and physical activity with an outdoor education emphasis. The Art program is provided to all students in grades K-8. Activities and projects are aligned with the content of core courses and Core Knowledge. The Music program is offered to all students. Grades K-3 are exposed to a wide range of options so their young minds develop a love of music at an early age. Grades 4-8 students are all required to choose an instrument to play. The elements of music, as defined by Core Knowledge and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, are melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, and form. Younger students enjoy learning a musical concept, singing, and playing instruments in their music class. Students in grades 4-8 build on their K-3 knowledge and put those skills to use in a formal band program continuing to expand their knowledge of musical instruments and the contributions of music in our history. Every year, Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy presents a school musical/talent show that showcases the scope of student talent and artistic understanding in our school community. Field trips at Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy are taken on a regular basis and include a variety of opportunities to extend the curriculum.

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