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Aurora Borealis Charter School is established to provide a research-based preparatory education through whole group, subject-centered direct instruction.  Aurora Borealis differs from other educational programs in our community.  Kindergarten is an academically focused curriculum. Students learn 55 phonograms and start doing first grade reading after the first semester.  Math is accelerated in kindergarten with students finishing Saxon kindergarten level by October and then getting half of the Saxon first grade completed by the end of the year.  First grade students finish Saxon first grade level by the end of the second quarter and then go on to finish second grade level Saxon math by the end of first grade.  Therefore, students start second grade doing third grade Saxon math.  As we choose curriculum, we look for research validating the rigor of the curriculum, correlation with Alaska State and Core Standards, and also a well-defined scope and sequence which allows us to spiral teaching through the grades, each grade building on the foundations established in years prior.  Instruction is whole group, subject-centered, and direct.  Use of this research-based curriculum results in a preparatory education emphasizing language arts (phonetic reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary), mathematics, history and geography, science, technology, art and music, and physical education.  An additional course, Enrichment, explores the Latin basis of our language, extended mathematic problem-solving, and, for all students in the upper grades, involvement in the Future Problem Solving research, training, and competitions.

 

eagle-cmyk-2010Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010