Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
Jamestown School Department is committed to providing a rigorous, standards based curriculum with a balanced literacy program, real-world mathematics, hands-on science and civics education preparing students for 21st century learning. Our schools have adopted computer science, coding and science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) based opportunities as key components of the curriculum. Currently both schools in the district have a fully furnished maker-space lab with 3-d printers, green screens and Edison robots. The teachers in the schools have embraced the maker-space lab as another place where STEAM based lessons and design thinking come to life. In addition to these opportunities, our school community partners with U.R.I. Master Gardner program for our school gardens and greenhouse. The greenhouse is a separate structure located behind the Melrose Elementary School which can be used by all teachers and students on our 21-acre campus.The Jamestown School Department focuses on interdisciplinary, project-based learning centered on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Both schools offer 21st Century Skills classes aligned to our Portrait of the Graduate.
Early literacy is a focus in preschool through second grade. All classroom teachers and special education teachers are being trained in the Science of Reading. Check out the Science of Reading blog through the AIM Institute for Learning & Research.
Students in preschool through second grade receive explicit instruction in foundational skills as part of our Into Reading program. The Into Reading ELA program was adopted in 2022 for grades kindergarten through fifth.
Into Reading is a comprehensive K-5 reading curriculum which offers a responsive and balanced approach to literacy instruction. Into Reading supports teachers as they develop a culture of learning and engage students in reading rich grade level texts. Students respond to what they have read both in writing and through discussions.
In sixth through eighth grade students receive their reading and writing instruction through the EL Education curriculum. You can view the grade level scope and sequence at the below link.
Ready Classroom Math Pacing Guides for each Grade Level
Deep Learning Competencies & 21st Century Classes - Portrait of the Graduate
District and State Assessment Information:
Rhode Island’s Accountability System & School Report Card