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Academic Program

Curriculum

At Launch, we select and adapt curricular materials to ensure all students can master grade level standards.  As an EL Education school we promote rigorous, meaningful, and authentic learning. 

  • In ELA, we use the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop curriculum developed at Teachers College. The workshop model helps our students develop into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence.
  • In Math, we implement the Illustrative Math Curriculum that provides students opportunities to make connections to the real-world. As each unit progresses, students consolidate their conceptual understanding to build their strength as mathematicians.
  • In Science, our teachers blend Interactive Science by Pearson and teacher created projects and experiments. Our Social Studies curriculum, similar to our approach to science, uses History Alive! as well as a blend of teacher-created projects that are designed to support deeper learning.
teachers helping students
teachers with students in classroom

Co-Teaching

One of the hallmarks of Launch’s academic program is our commitment to co-teaching. In almost all classes, students have two teachers – most often, a general educator and a special educator – working to differentiate the pace, learning modalities, and group sizes in order to meet the needs of all learners.

 

Learning Expeditions

Launch is an EL Education school dedicated to putting students at the center of their learning. At each grade level, students take part in a 6-8 week cross-curricular Learning Expedition. Over the past three years, our topics have been the Justice System with a focus on mock trial and playwriting in 6th grade, Disrupting Gun Violence in our Community in 7th grade, and the Civil Rights Movement in 8th grade. Students analyze the expedition topic through a number of lenses within their Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Art and Science or Math classes and prepare for a big culminating event where they can engage the community in their learning.

students participating in mock trial
Two students participating in mock trial