Curriculum at Greenbrier Community School

Our curriculum is designed to support students by instilling a love of learning and creating the lifetime habits of asking questions, seeking information, thinking critically, solving problems creatively, and communicating in a variety of ways. 

GCS provides an exciting learning environment that includes a challenging and researched-based curriculum, hands-on and experiential learning, along with rich and meaningful community engagement. The learning environment and lessons are developmentally appropriate to each multi-age grouping. Teachers differentiate instruction based on individual academic and developmental readiness. Children learn to set goals and take responsibility for their own learning. GCS supports its teachers to continually challenge themselves to learn and grow as educators, to embody best practices and to initiate innovative methods. GCS recognizes that children are capable of contributing to their education and community and, to that end, provides opportunities for leadership, collaboration and engaging with the challenges of a complex world. 

Our school recognizes the obligation of parents and educators to provide our next generation with a scholarly foundation based in the ideals of tolerance, resilience, and respect. We view parents as the first teachers of their children and understand the importance of a strong relationship between each family and the school. This relationship is crucial for children to be successful and confident as they move through their school experience.

Enrichment: All our students study foreign language, music, theater, visual art, and physical education. These subjects tie directly to students’ core studies in literature, social studies, math, and science.

Assessments: We hold bi-annual parent/student/teacher conferences. Students set personal goals and compile portfolios of their work, while teachers provide skills-based assessments and detailed narratives describing students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical progress.

iReady for elementary students first grade through sixth:

iReady is a program thatassesses students in reading and math throughout the year. The data providedfrom this creates a personalized learning path for each student to strengthentheir skills. Students take a “diagnostic” each trimester to measure theirproficiency levels and are then set on an individual learning path that theycomplete at their own pace. Periodic growth checks give students theopportunity to see their improvement. The data provided allows us to closelymonitor the needs of our students which can then be shared with parents. Thedata also gives our teachers access to additional materials and allows thestudents to work in confidence while having fun! The individual learning pathsare offered as a center activity and academic choice outside of classwork andhands-on projects. iReady curriculum aligns with the West Virginia GeneralSummative Assessment that all students take beginning in third grade. Thisallows our students to gain exposed to the types of questions they might see onthe WVGSA. The state test is completely computerized, so iReady is a great toolto help prepare them for that format as we are not a school who focuses ourcurriculum or teaching with the state testing in mind.

Early Education Curriculum: Ages 18 months to 5 year old

Young children thrive in our small classes of where teachers focus on individual needs and development through play. Exciting, hands-on activities and frequent outdoor play support all developmental areas: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.

  • Child-centered, developmentally appropriate, multi-age classes
  • Daily outdoor play
  • Early literacy, math and science activities geared to your child’s developmental readiness
  • Daily interactions with elementary students plus a weekly buddy/mentor program
  • Learning activities focused on strengthening social skills, developing large and fine motor skills, and providing opportunities for creative exploration and expression
  • Daily activities to strengthen a connection to the world around them.

Primary Curriculum: Kindergarten to 6th Grade

Our primary classes focus on individual and collaborative work. Teachers arrange classrooms and design lessons to promote discussion and teamwork. Our elementary program is developmentally appropriate and inquiry-based, nurturing creativity and providing a strong academic foundation. The researched-based curricula listed below emphasizes creative problem-solving, analytical thinking and communication skills.

  • Multiple-year looping of students with the same teachers - set A year and B year curriculum plans.
  • "Step Up Day" for all current students and transfer students to meet with their new teacher to get acquainted and complete assessments before finalizing their enrollment so curricula is individualized.
  • Recognition of different learning styles, levels of ability, and rates of development that allows students to progress at their own pace
  • Active, hands-on, project-oriented learning
  • Bi-annual parent/student/teacher conferences to review portfolios, set individual goals, and assess progress
  • Buddy programs pairing younger students with older student mentors for regular classroom activities

Primary Academic Curriculum:

  • Orton Gillingham: Multisensory Reading, Phonics, Spelling
  • Rigby Readers & Ready Reading: Evidence-based Literacy, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Fluency
  • Heggerty: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
  • Daily 5: Independent Literacy Framework
  • Studies Weekly: Project-Based Science and Social Studies
  • enVision Mathematics and Number Corner: visual models, student-centered projects, 3-act tasks, and personalized learning
  • enVision Mathematics and Number Corner: visual models, student-centered projects, 3-act tasks, and personalized learning


According to the Census, 93.6% of West Virginians are Caucasian.
However 22% of GCS students are of ethnic origin.
We pride ourselves in being an inclusive school for every type of student and family despite their socioeconomic status and family structure. Currently,
51% of our students are receiving financial assistance.
On the 2018 National Reading
and Language Arts standardized
testing scores, the
GES overall school average was 90%
On the 2018 standardized tests,
34% of our students scored in the 95th percentile or above in all areas.



Six ways that GCS creates Progressive and Innovative Learning Environments for Our Students.