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Boulder Creek Elementary School is a Core Knowledge® school.
The "Core Knowledge" movement is an educational reform based on the premise that a grade-by-grade core of common learning is necessary to ensure a sound and fair elementary education.
The movement was started by Professor E. D. Hirsch, Jr., author of Cultural Literacy and The Schools We Need, and is based on a large body of research in cognitive psychology, as well as a careful examination of several of the world's fairest and most effective school systems. Professor Hirsch has argued that, for the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness and higher literacy, early schooling should provide a solid, specific, shared core curriculum in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge.
Core Knowledge® is based on the idea that elementary and middle school students need a solid, specific, shared core curriculum to help them establish strong foundations of knowledge, create greater fairness, and achieve higher literacy.
This mission is achieved through curricular guidance and materials that are provided at no cost to schools, teachers and parents.
Currently, hundreds of schools and thousands of dedicated educators are participating in this school reform movement throughout the United States.
Core Knowledge® programs are available at Boulder Creek Elementary School in the following subject areas:
- Language Arts: to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
- History and Geography: to expand knowledge of national and global history, and gain insight into civilizations and cultures around the world
- Science: to explore engineering, math, physical and earth sciences, and experience the process of scientific inquiry
The Core Knowledge Curriculum is continued at Mountain Trail Middle School.