Curriculum at Greenbrier Community School

Our curriculum is designed to support toddlers through elementary students by instilling a love of learning and creating a lifetime connection to adults who will forever believe in them. We stretch students to ask questions, seek information, think critically, solve problems creatively, and communicate 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 music, Spanish and visual art. These subjects tie directly to students’ core studies in literature, social studies, math, and science.

Assessments: We are a non-graded school. 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.

Early Education Curriculum: Ages 18 months to 5 year old

Young children thrive in our small, multi-age classes of 12 students 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.

Our school community creates a nurturing learning environment guided by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and supported by the multi-sensory education curriculum of Orton Gillingham and Heggerty.

Elementary Curriculum: Kindergarten to 5th Grade

We are a learning community where students work individually and collaboratively. 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.

  • Multi-age groupings never exceed 15 students
  • Multiple-year looping of students with the same teachers - set A year and B year curriculum plans.
  • 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• Twice-daily recess
  • Buddy programs pairing younger students with older student mentors for regular classroom activities

Elementary Academic Curriculum:

  • Orton Gillingham: Multisensory Reading, Phonics, Spelling
  • Heggerty: Phonemic Awareness
  • Daily 5: Independent Literacy Framework
  • Core Knowledge: Project-Based Science and Social Studies
  • Everyday Mathematics & Multisensory Math: Mathematics

GCS STATS

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.

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