In the Cleveland Heights-University Heights middle schools, the Humanities/Language Arts curriculum continues to focus on lessons designed to address student literacy needs, challenge students to read and think critically as they examine text from an historical lens and work to ensure that all middle school students are reading at or above grade level by the time they enter high school. To achieve this goal, each child will learn skills and actions based on his or her unique strengths and weaknesses. Two factors, which are explained below, contribute to the ability to provide the necessary, specialized instruction.
First, students are performance grouped for Humanities/Language Arts and Math. This model provides children who have similar reading behaviors with a teacher who is able to target specific skills and actions to help those children grow to the next level in mathematics, reading, writing and thinking. The student to teacher ratio is adjusted so that students who have the most need for specialized instruction have a lower student to teacher ratio. All children experience a rigorous curriculum that addresses grade level standards.
Second, instructional time for reading has been integrated into their social studies class giving a total of 126 minutes daily for reading development and skill building. This block of time includes literacy instruction in English Language Arts and Social Studies. This change allows children to have more time to be taught and to demonstrate their understanding of their learning.
We are looking forward to seeing more children succeed and reach the next level of achievement. We want each and every child to become a better reader and writer.
All of our middle school buildings are Title I School wide buildings. The purpose of a schoolwide model is to allow a school to undergo a comprehensive reform of the entire educational program in the school to assist all children, particularly the lowest achieving children, to meet high state and federal academic achievement standards.
Family involvement is critical to our program’s success and is invited throughout the year. We encourage your attendance during building events, workshops and conferences.