The Taos Municipal Charter School was one of the first charter schools in the state. Its Governing Council chose the Core Knowledge curriculum because it promoted a “respect for cultural diversity that is best achieved when young people have adequate background knowledge in Cultural Literacy.  Cultural Literacy is a humanities approach that focuses on the artistic, literary, spiritual, and historic traditions of diverse cultures. In order for a truly democratic and economically sound society to be maintained, young people must have access to the best knowledge available, so that they can understand the issues, express their viewpoints, and act accordingly.” (James Corner, Yale University)  We use Core Knowledge topics as our foundation for teaching social studies and science.

TCS will be using Storytown for a reading program in K-6 this year.  Other programs include:

PALS (Peer Assisted Learning)is a research-based program used in grades K-2. It focuses on letter-naming, letter-sound correspondence, phonemic awareness, letter sounds and vocabulary development.  PALS is very effective in improving reading fluency.

Art. Each class has art once a week. The art curriculum frequently enhances the classroom curriculum. Based on the hallway displays, our kids have amazing talent.

Physical Education. Believing that exercise is critical for focused learning, we offer PE class for all of our students  every day.

Spanish. Grades 2 – 8 receive 45 minutes of instruction in Spanish every day.  The Rosetta Stone, a research-based, web-based, Spanish curriculum enhances classroom learning twice a week.

Everyday Math K-5 and Connected Math 6-8.  Adopted by the staff after extensive research, this research-based curriculum has contributed to our strong math program.

Six Traits of Writing. This research-based approach to the writing process enables students and teachers to share a common vocabulary and common rubrics to increase student skills in writing. This is used in all grades.

Lexia. This is a research-based, web-based program that remediates student skills in phonics and reading fluency.

Project Read.  This research-based, systematic approach to teaching letters and sounds in English is used in the early grades.

Sounds in Syllables. This is a research-based, multisensory, structured language therapy program used with students who have specific learning disabilities in grades kindergarten – fifth.

Health Class. A nine week course offered to 8th grade students by the Taos Community Wellness Center.


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