The Ocean Studies Charter Curriculum Plan
The curriculum plan covers reading, writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting, Montessori mathematics, Singapore math, geometry, geography, cultural geography, botany, zoology, art, physical education, history, marine science, and research skills all aligned with the Common Core and STEM Curriculum. Our unique marine science curriculum serves as a catalyst for our students to become engaged and excited about learning. Each class has aweekly field trip that connects and integrates the lesson plans with real-life experience. The children have the benefit of experiencing our near and off shore waters by boat and kayak. We use the field trips for research, to journal, and developing investigative techniques. The students will be asked to think and write about their experiences as they are experiencing the outdoors.
At OSCS, we take advantage of our unique surroundings and use them as a classroom as well. Our curriculum has sparked interest both in and outside the school resulting in community outreach and independent research at home. We see the students grow with inquiring questions and better understandings of the local environment. Each classroom has two certified or credentialed teachers and the school has a full marine science teacher who works with small groups on projects continuously throughout the day. The school has an outdoor science lab and a media equipment in each classroom room. The outdoor science lab provides a hands-on, tactile experience for learning science. The lab houses various marine environments and specimens of which the students take care. Equipped with microscopes and other scientific tools, this lab provides for experimenting, studying, charting, practicing the scientific method, and the investigative reporting of data. Each classroom contains computers,tablets, access to media streaming, a marine science library, and the students’ science portfolio work.