Texas School of the Arts (TeSA) encourages young minds to explore by providing stimulating academics in a creative atmosphere. With an average student-teacher ratio of 18:1, TeSA students thrive in a supportive environment designed to build their confidence by instilling a love of learning in all subjects. Each academic discipline is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). We exceed these standards though the use of Core Knowledge curriculum which has a coherent, cumulative and content-specific core structure. TeSA continues to achieve Annual Yearly Progress as determined by No Child Left Behind legislation.
TeSA meets TEKS requirements for math across all grade levels. Elementary students receive instruction using HSP Math curriculum, Target Math, and Core Knowledge supplemental materials. Once in middle school, students are still expected to meet TEKS requirements for mathematics, as well as NCTM Standards & Focal Points. These goals are achieved with the use of Core Knowledge and Measuring Up curriculum supplements. In 6th, 7th and 8th grade, students are placed in one of three Glencoe Texas state courses: Texas Mathematics Course 2, Texas Pre-Algebra, or Texas Algebra 1. K - 5th grade Math- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Target Math NCTM Standards & Focal Points
TeSA's curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines. The Texas Treasures curriculum is used to give students a strong base for reading skills, while the supplementary Core Knowledge Curriculum challenges students to advance their understanding of literature and how it applies to everyday life. Teachers often collaborate between subjects, interconnecting language arts with social studies and science curricula.
Texas Treasures Curriculum
Students complete projects and experiments on a regular basis. Beginning in 5th grade, the STEMscopes online curriculum is used as a supplement to instruction in earth science, biology, chemistry, astronomy and physics.
Core Knowledge Math:
K-8th grade Science - STEMscopes:
Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Elementary students begin science study at TeSA by following TEKS standards supplemented with a variety of resources, including the Core Knowledge curriculum
Students complete projects and experiments on a regular basis. Beginning in 5th grade, the STEMscopes online curriculum is used as a supplement to instruction in earth science, biology, chemistry, astronomy and physics. Core Knowledge Math: http://www.coreknowledge.org/ccss-math TEKS Guidelines: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/ STEMscopes: http://stemscopes.com/features/ K-8th grade Science - STEMscopes: http://acceleratelearning.com/
Students meet TEKS requirements through the use of the Core Knowledge curriculum, providing students with a base knowledge of world and American history. This knowledge is enhanced with field trips to local museums or historic sites to give students a hands-on feel for the information they're learning in class. In addition to historical knowledge, students learn geography and map-reading, as well as civics and government. Individual and group projects give students in-depth experience researching and collaborating. Middle school students learn Texas history and early American history in order to comply with TEKS regulations. Learning techniques and study methods, including the Core Knowledge curriculum, carry over from elementary school, with the added goal of preparing students for high school and exit level Social Studies. Elementary Social Studies TEKS Guidelines: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/ch113a.html Middle School Social Studies TEKS Guidelines: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter113/ch113b.html
Students take STAAR tests for reading and math at the end of every grade level. They are tested for writing proficiency in 4th and 7th grades. Students in 5th and 8th grades take STAAR tests for science and 8th graders also take Social Studies assessments. TeSA also administers the End-of-Course Algebra Exam for 8th graders in the advanced math class. Stanford and OLSAT tests are given to all students in the fall of each year as national comparative and general school ability assessment. Kindergarten – 2nd grade students are given the Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) assessments three times per year. This one-on-one instrument, designed to be administered by the classroom teacher, is given to students at the beginning, middle, and end of each academic school year. TeSA offers the Gifted & Talented Education (GATE) Program for students who are identified through a process which includes nominations, assessment and selection. All students in the GATE program will have a personal education plan (PEP) in order to address his or her individual learning needs. STAAR Testing: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/ OLSAT Information: http://www.thinktonight.com Stanford Achievement Test: http://www.pearsonassessments.com TPRI Testing: http://www.tea.state.tx.us GATE Program