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Teaching Philosophy

We understand every student has unique needs, and we are committed to meeting those needs through specially designed instruction. Our educators address the diverse learning requirements of students and layer instruction to bridge any gaps in content knowledge or skills. By employing evidence-based practices, we provide equitable access to the learning standards, ensuring that all students can thrive.

Curriculum by Grade Level

  • Elementary School (Kindergarten - Grade 5)

    Our elementary curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for lifelong learning. With a focus on promoting literacy, developing math skills, cultivating collaboration and social skills, and enhancing self-awareness and self-determination, we aim to empower our students academically and socially.

    In grades K-5, we are committed to providing a knowledge-rich curriculum that lays the groundwork for reading comprehension, critical thinking, cross-disciplinary problem-solving and community citizenship.

    At the same time, we understand the importance of nurturing the whole child. In addition to core academics, our students benefit from a comprehensive range of enriching experiences. Music, art and physical education provide opportunities for creativity, self-expression and physical well-being.

    We take pride in offering a diverse array of school-based activities that foster a sense of community and build confidence in our youngest learners. Our students embark on captivating field trips, showcasing their achievements through community

  • Middle and High School

    We have created a diverse range of opportunities that empower our middle and high school students to grow academically, socially and personally. In grades 6-12, we provide a rigorous curriculum that promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, self-determination and collaboration.

    Preparing students for college and career readiness is at the heart of our program. We offer a comprehensive selection of high school-level courses in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies. Individual student course progressions are determined by the high school graduation requirements of the student's Local Education Agency (LEA). However, we understand each student is unique, and planning and placement teams may recommend adjustments to the course requirements set by the LEA, taking into account the student’s strengths, interests and future aspirations.

    Our exceptional teachers engage students through authentic learning experiences and provide specially designed instruction tailored to each student's needs. Doing so ensure that our students receive the support they need to meet their individual goals and make progress toward the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and high school graduation requirements.

    We firmly believe a well-rounded education extends beyond academics. In addition to core subjects, we offer an array of enriching experiences to nurture our students' talents and interests. We foster creativity, self-expression and physical well-being through arts and physical education. Our middle and high school students embark on exciting field trips that connect their learning to the real world. They also engage in authentic projects that allow them to apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways, ensuring a well-rounded education.

    As part of our commitment to preparing students for life after high school, we provide transition services and coursework to all Natchaug students. These programs are specifically designed to help students develop the necessary skills and knowledge outlined in the Connecticut Core Transition Skills. Our aim is to equip students with the tools they need to succeed in higher education, vocational training, employment and independent living.

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