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Tuition Free Public Charter School • Grades K-8
CHARTER SCHOOL | GRADES K-8

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K - 2nd Grade
In the YSGA Reading Program for K-2nd Grade, we offer an immersive phonics curriculum designed to enhance students' literacy skills. Our program emphasizes letter and sound recognition, word decoding, sight word acquisition, vocabulary expansion, and fluency development. Through exposure to various texts, students engage in comprehension activities to reinforce their reading comprehension abilities. In addition, our writing component integrates handwriting practice and diverse writing tasks. The overarching aim for K-2 students is to foster proficient reading skills.

3rd - 5th Grade
The YSGA reading program undergoes a transition from the initial stage of "learning to read" to the more advanced stage of "reading to learn." At this level, phonics activities center on structural analysis, encompassing the exploration of affixes, root words, and word attack strategies. Moreover, the program places significant emphasis on fostering fluency, vocabulary acquisition, and comprehension skills. Students engage with diverse texts spanning from informational to fictional genres, including novels, with the expectation of deriving meaning from the material. Writing activities are integrated with the texts being read to promote further understanding and application of language skills.

6th - 8th Grade
The YSGA reading program undergoes a transition from "reading to learn" to "reading to analyze" at this stage. The primary emphasis is placed on vocabulary enrichment, comprehension enhancement, and writing proficiency. Students engage in active interaction with a diverse array of texts ranging from informational materials to fiction and novel studies. Writing activities are carefully integrated with the texts students encounter, fostering opportunities for deeper analysis and application of learned concepts.

K - 2nd Grade
The YSGA Math Program for grades K-2 prioritizes the development of fundamental mathematical concepts, including number sense, counting, place value, geometry, measurement, and basic arithmetic operations. Kindergarten students lay the groundwork for their numerical understanding and counting skills. First-grade students concentrate on addition and subtraction within 20. By second grade, students progress to adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers with regrouping, and multiplication is introduced alongside these operations.

3rd - 5th Grade
The YSGA Math Program for grades 3rd-5th is centered on achieving fluency in the four fundamental operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In 3rd grade, students concentrate on mastering all four operations, as well as concepts of fractions, geometry, and measurement. In 4th grade, the focus expands to include operations with multi-digit numbers, fractions, decimals, lines and angles, and data analysis. By 5th grade, students advance their understanding by applying operations to fractions and decimals, interpreting and representing data, and working with coordinate planes.

6th - 8th Grade
The YSGA Math Program for grades 6th-8th is designed to equip students with the necessary skills for success in high school mathematics. Students are required to apply their comprehension of operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions to solve diverse problems across various contexts. Additionally, the curriculum encompasses the study of ratios and proportional relationships, expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability.

The YSGA Science Program holds that the foundation of science education commences in kindergarten and evolves as students advance through 8th grade. Over the course of the academic year, students hone their scientific and engineering skills through the investigation of phenomena, inquiry-based activities, classroom discourse, data analysis, and written communication. Furthermore, students participate in STEAM-based projects aimed at fostering critical and creative thinking skills

K - 5th Grade
Students in grades K-5 adopt an exploratory approach as they investigate phenomena across the three domains of science: Life, Physical, and Earth sciences. They are encouraged to share their curiosities and pose questions. Students delve into topics such as plant and animal life cycles, the solar system, Earth's spheres, forces and motion, energy, matter, and more, laying the groundwork for the foundational skills required for science in grades 6-8.

6th Grade
Throughout the academic year, students are introduced to a range of Earth Science topics encompassing geology (the study of the Earth), hydrology (the study of water), meteorology (the study of weather and climate), and astronomy (the study of space).

7th Grade
Throughout the academic year, students encounter a range of Life Science concepts, including anatomy (the study of human body systems and their interactions), ecology (the study of relationships among organisms and their environments), evolution (the study of natural selection processes), genetics (the study of genes and trait inheritance), and biology (the study of the diversity and classification of living organisms into six kingdoms).

8th Grade
Throughout the academic year, students encounter a range of Physical Science concepts, primarily in physics and chemistry. Key themes include the nature and conservation of matter, conservation of energy and energy transformations, characteristics of motion such as velocity and acceleration, the influence of forces on motion, electromagnetic and mechanical waves, and the properties of gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields.

K - 2nd Grade
YSGA implements dual-language instruction starting in Kindergarten. From Kindergarten through 2nd grade, the program emphasizes "exposure" to both languages. Students learn the alphabet, along with essential words and phrases, with the objective of being able to repeat them. Additionally, students gain insights into the culture and history of Spanish- and Turkish-speaking countries.

3rd - 5th Grade
From 3rd-5th grade, the program focuses on “word knowledge” and “fluency”. Students learn keywords and phrases. The goal is for students to be able to listen to and speak the languages. Students also learn about the culture and history of Spanish and Turkish speaking countries.

6th - 8th Grade
From 6th to 8th grade, the program focuses on “fluency” and “accuracy”. The goal is for students to be able to read, write, speak, and listen to the languages. Students also learn about the culture and history of Spanish and Turkish speaking countries.

Social Studies instruction spans from Kindergarten through 8th grade in our curriculum. Kindergarten emphasizes cooperative learning and collaboration skills. First Grade centers on understanding our position in the global community. Second Grade focuses on self-discovery and identity. Third Grade explores the concept of communities. Fourth Grade delves into the geography of the United States. Fifth Grade delves into U.S. History. The Middle School curriculum focuses on both U.S. and World History.

The art curriculum for grades K-8 provides a comprehensive and progressive approach to developing students' artistic skills, creativity, and appreciation for art. In Kindergarten, students begin with basic art concepts such as color, shape, and line, exploring various art materials and techniques through hands-on activities. As they progress through the grades, students expand their understanding of art elements and principles, engaging in projects that encourage experimentation and self-expression.  Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to develop their individual artistic voices, take risks, and express themselves authentically. The art program aims to foster a lifelong appreciation for art and creativity while providing a solid foundation in artistic skills and knowledge.

The music curriculum for grades K-8 provides a comprehensive and sequential approach to developing students' musical skills, knowledge, and appreciation. Beginning in Kindergarten, students are introduced to basic musical concepts such as rhythm, melody, and dynamics through singing, movement, and playing simple instruments.  Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to express themselves creatively through music, develop critical listening skills, and collaborate with their peers in musical performances and projects. The music program aims to foster a lifelong love of music and provide students with the skills and knowledge to appreciate and participate in music-making throughout their lives.

The physical education curriculum for grades K-8 is designed to promote students' physical fitness, motor skills, and overall well-being through a variety of activities and experiences. In Kindergarten, students begin with basic movements such as running, jumping, and skipping, while also learning concepts like spatial awareness and body control through games and play-based activities. Throughout the curriculum, students also learn about the importance of lifelong physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices. Scholars participate in health education lessons that cover topics such as nutrition, personal fitness, and injury prevention. Overall, the physical education program aims to instill in students a love for physical activity, develop their physical skills and abilities, and promote lifelong habits of health and wellness.