At Cape Cod Christian Academy, our core curriculum is classically inspired, yet strongly aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks provide teachers, students, and families with clear and shared expectations for what all students should know and be able to do at the end of each year.
In addition to their core subjects, students at Cape Cod Christian Academy are also exposed to character training, nature studies, and a weekly chapel service in addition to electives such as art, music, STEM, and Spanish.
CCCA uses Singapore Math Dimensions, which is a highly effective teaching approach based on research of math mastery in Singapore. The intentional progression of concepts in the Singapore math approach instills a deep understanding of mathematics. Singapore Math uses a CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) method. This three-step learning model consistently introduces concepts in a progression. Students learn not only to know how to do something but also why it works.
Two international tests, the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), assess math and science competency in countries around the world. Singapore students consistently rank among the top on both tests.
In kindergarten through 5th grade, CCCA uses Mystery Science, which is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Core Knowledge, which was informed by the NGSS. We also supplement with some Engineering is Elementary (EiE) STEM units to fully align to the MA Frameworks.
English Language Arts
CCCA uses the Logic of English curriculum for grades K-3, and then transitions to a curriculum variety including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™'s Core Skills, Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and Spelling Workout to provide rigorous literacy instruction.
Logic of English® (LOE) Foundations is a full Orton-Gillingham-inspired language arts curriculum that teaches reading, spelling, grammar and handwriting. It does so through clear, rules-based instruction, various manipulatives and a variety of engaging and multi-sensory activities and games.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ Core Skills language arts series is designed to help students master core language skills, writing skills, and research skills they will need to excel in all academic areas and increase test scores.
Based on a phonetic model, cross-curricular reading passages, high-interest writing activities, flexible lessons, and motivating activities, help Spelling Workout students move from simple sound-letter relationships to more complex spelling patterns.
Starting in grade 3, students also use IEW. Institute for Excellence in Writing has a unique approach that provides the structure students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. Students learn nine structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essays, and critiques) to help them organize any type of composition. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics into more sophisticated writing.
CCCA uses Story of the World, an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children.