Curriculum at Lowell

  Curriculum Philosophy

 
            For over the last decade Lowell’s curriculum has focused on a rigorous, student-centered, and standards-based instructional in all core curriculum areas, which are tied to ongoing data collection and assessments. We are committed to using California state curriculum standards as our instructional guides, which establish standards for what students should know and be able to do at benchmark grade levels in language arts, mathematics, science, history, English language development, health, physical education and visual and performing arts. 
            We consistently meet our goal of ensuring that all students make at least one year’s academic progress in a safe, secure, and friendly environment by following the accountability measures in our Single School Plan, which provides a framework for overseeing and monitoring the effectiveness of our school’s standards-based system of education. This system ensures a cycle of continuous improvement for all students. 
            State and district assessments results support the fact that our system is effective. One such indicator is Lowell’s improving score on the Academic Performance Index (API), which sets the expectations for student performance on standards-based assessment. In 2010, our API score increased to 942. The  results from the 2010 California Standards Tests (CSTs) indicate that 86% of our students are proficient in math and English language arts. 
            In support of our work, LBUSD has adopted California standards-aligned texts in all core subjects. The texts used at Lowell are Open Court Reading/Language Arts; California Edition Houghton Mifflin Math; Harcourt Social Studies, Macmillan/McGraw Hill Science; and Harcourt Health and Fitness. 
            Additionally, the district provides pacing charts for English Language Arts and math instruction. These pacing charts not only serve as a guide to help Lowell teachers plan daily lessons, but to identify instructional gaps, note repetition, chose areas for integration, change assessments methods, and make refinements in their teaching. Lowell’s grade level teams have the flexibility to modify the pacing to better meet the needs of our students and more effectively teach and review our clearly defined standards. Differentiated academic support ensures grade level content is attainable by all students when given sufficient time and when provided with effective instructional strategies and materials.
           
Curriculum Standards
 
To view the California state curriculum standards that are in place at Lowell School, please go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/CI/.
 
Programs Special to Lowell
 
  • Automated School Library with over 12,000 books
  • Vocal and Instrumental Music programs
  • Meet the Masters Art Program
  • Technology Integration in all Classrooms
  • Dance Instruction
  • Physical Education Support
  • Character Counts
  • Student Council
  • Peace Makers
  • Valet Program
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