27321 Hampden St, Madison Heights, MI 48071
27321 Hampden St, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Academic Life

Academic Life

Quick Facts:

  • Pre-K through Grade 8
  • Student Population: 450 (KG-8th)
  • 80% ELL environment
  • Partners include Arab American and Chaldean Council (Social/Emotional and Family Supports), CODE Legal Aid (Civic Assimilation, Housing Guidance, Employment Assistance, Legal Aid, Counseling and Advocacy for Families), The Wellness Plan (Onsite Medical and Dental Services for Students), Madison District Schools (Meals Program, Contracted Intervention Support Personnel, Building Maintenance)
  • Community Garden and greenhouse
  • Student transportation provided door-to-door, uniforms, supplies and backpacks all provided at no cost to families.

Instructional Program:

  • Leadership Team – School Leader/Principal, Middle School Principal, Asst. Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education Teacher and staff, ES Teacher and staff, Literacy Support Reading Specialist
  • Data-driven environment with a primary focus on literacy
  • Balanced Assessment Portfolio incorporates M-STEP, WIDA, NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), and grade-level formative assessments
  • Two classrooms/teachers per grade K-5; Specials are Art, Music, PE, Modern Aramaic, Life Skills
  • ELA, Writing, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, PE, Life Skills taught 6-8
  • Two paraprofessionals in Kindergarten, one para in every classroom in 1-5
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports
    • Tier 1 school-reform strategies focus on data-driven guided reading groups and sheltered instruction practices – 80% of students K-3 have Individual Reading Improvement Plans
    • Tier 2 is focused on structural language development needs of ELL students
    • Tier 3 provides resource time for students with IEP’s

Program Highlights:

  • Average Conditional Growth Index (ACGI) – 2.11 (NWEA MAP all subjects)
  • Average Conditional Growth Percentile (ACGP) – 71 (NWEA MAP all subjects)
  • All students receive free breakfast and lunch

Program Resources:

Language Arts resources

Zoo phonics – ideal for ELL, KG-1st and special ed

  • used for reading, spelling, and writing
  • a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness.
  • Goal is to maximize understanding, memory, utilization and transference to all areas of the reading, spelling and writing process in a playful and concrete manner.
  • method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation.
  • animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters. Lowercase letters and their sounds are taught first (needed 95% of the time in text), capital letters and letter names are taught later.
  • provides a springboard for all other academia such as math, art, music, cooking/nutrition, social studies, science, grooming, physical education and sensory/drama.

Lucy Calkins – KG-MS

  • Units, Tools, and Methods for teaching Reading & Writing.
  • The Units of Study books are a framework for teaching.
  • Lucy Calkins has embedded professional development in the curriculum, teaching teachers the why and how of effective reading and writing instruction. Through regular coaching tips and detailed descriptions of teaching moves, essential aspects of reading instruction are underscored, explained, and modeled at every turn


Atlas Rubicon – KG-MS

  • provides lessons, goals, objectives, informal assessments, and activities

Readworks – KG-5th

  • Supports reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. Driven by cognitive science research, it provides teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
  • largest highest-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance.

Newsela- 2nd-6th

  • With content and activities created specifically for students in grades 2-6, it fits seamlessly into your elementary literacy routine.
  • Informational text that covers all subjects.
  • Quizes, writing prompts, vocabulary

Step up to writing – KG-MS

  • writing instruction designed for learners of all levels and types
  • It’s implemented in every grade to establish a common writing language across grade levels and content areas. The program also provides: Multimodal instruction, Flexible implementation options, Compatibility with any core curriculum, support for writing across all content areas, and a full body of proven writing strategies

Words their way – KG-5th

  • a hands-on, developmentally-driven approach to word study that illustrates how to integrate and teach children phonics, vocabulary, and spelling skills.
  • Goal is to improve their literacy skills
  • Organizes our students’ literacy progress, organizes instruction, and implement word study.

Fast ForWord – KG-5th

  • Reading and Language Intervention Program for Struggling Readers and English Language Learners
  • online and mobile skill-building exercises for elementary and secondary school age learners
  • Adaptive technologythat adjusts delivery to meet the needs of each learner
  • A digital guided reading tool that provides real-time corrective feedback as students read texts aloud
  • Automated assessments to ensure continued learning growth
  • Digital reporting to track reading and language skill development

National Geographic REACH A & B ESL curriculum – KG -2nd, anyone below grade level, mostly ELL

  • English language development program that focuses on language, literacy, and content for students below grade level and ELL.
  • Program actively engages students in a connected, expanded, and dynamic language environment.
  • Layers and scaffolds the essential skills and strategies to move all learners to independence.
  • Program easily adapts to meet instructional priorities and requirements.

National Geographic REACH Language literacy and content, in the USA – 2nd-5th ELL

  • Delivers an intensive newcomer program that engages newcomers with authentic activities to develop basic language and vocabulary skills
  • Provides explicit early literacy instruction, scaffolds all learning w visual supports, and informs instruction w multiple measures to access progress

National Geographic Inside the USA – MS ELL

  • A comprehensive program for teaching English to students who are newcomers to the US.
  • It’s designed to help newcomers quickly acquire the survival English lang skills and vocabulary they need to meet the everyday requirements of their new environment.
  • The program includes intensive instruction in reading and writing, so students can build the literacy skills that are essential for academic success

Frontline Phonics: pre-k -1

  • Frontline phonic is a complete beginning reader program that focuses on the whole language approach. This program was created by pre school teachers in Utah that wanted to create a simple fun and effective program that promotes great start in learn to read. Frontline phonics has proven results through a 17 year study at Dynamics learning center in Utah

RAZ Kids – KG-8th

Comprehensive Leveled Reading Resources for Kids

  • provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students, eBooks offered at 29 different levels of reading difficulty, so it’s easy to put the right content in every student’s hands.
  • Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged.
  • Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a child has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.

Moby Max – Special Ed

  • Progress Monitoring-student’s learning is updated continuously providing a scope of their progress.
  • provides the amount of time the student was logged on along with skills practiced and scores received.
  • provides tools such as worksheets, plans, parent portal, and messenger, and the teacher has full control of the program per their student, class, and school.
  • All core subjects are covered
  • There are placement tests so the correct level to work at is given
  • Our teachers like the basic alphabet, sounds, basic math facts the best


Math resources:

  • Singapore Math – KG-5th
  • Singapore dimensions – MS
  • Math manipulatives – KG – MS

Science resources

Atlas Rubicon Science curriculum (K-8)

  • In 2015 a new science curriculum was developed from science. Michigan has adopted The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which are were used to develop the new lesson for Atlas. These lesson packets include detailed instruction as well as assignments and valuable resources and assessments.

Kesler science (6-8)

  • Kesler science is an interactive science program that helps create hands on engaging lessons as well as science stations. These stations include STEM challenges and exciting ways to comprehend difficult science concepts.

Social Studies resources

  • Atlas rubicon – KG-MS

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