Silverleaf utilizes curriculum and methods of instruction that have been proven effective for the gifted community.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Our project-based curriculum allows students to dive deeply into subjects they are individually passionate about. Projects embed foundational subject areas of mathematics and language arts on an individualized and proficiency-based level. Emphasizing both teamwork and independent learning, projects inspire creativity and innovation while teaching skills in problem solving, systems thinking and project management. Students engage in project-based learning every day of the week.
Our project-based curriculum embeds foundational skills into learning to ensure that our students are achieving skills that are needed in a modern world. Science, technology, engineering, art, music, innovation, communication, problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, and wellness–these are the skills of the future.
More information about PBL can be found at:
High Quality Project Based Learning
The Buck Institute for Education
The National Association for the Gifted and Talented
The Institute for Educational Advancement
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are essential skills for the 21st century. Information, technology, and artificial intelligence are advancing at light speed. Students must understand the fundamental principles of these subject areas and have the ability to work in partnership with technology in order to be successful in the world in which they will work. These essential subjects, which are typically offered to students in 5th grade or higher and/or as after-school enrichment opportunities, are part of our core curriculum and are taught to all Silverleaf students daily.
Although we are able to map our students progress to the common core standards if requested, we incorporate Next Generation Science Standards in our teaching. More information is available at:
National Association for Gifted Children
Engineering for Kids
Whether the ‘A’ for Arts should be part of STEM or separate is a national debate. Instead of engaging in the debate, we do both: we incorporate art creativity through engineering into our STEM curriculum and project-based learning. We include art in our wellness program and offer it as a component of STEAM exploration time before and after school.
In addition to art as a core element of our curriculum, exclusive education in mixed media arts is provided to all students by qualified instructors at least twice per week.
Music instruction is provided to all students at least weekly and performing/theatrical arts may be incorporated into some of the project topics throughout the year.
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LANGUAGE ARTS and HUMANITIES
Language arts-spelling, writing, researching, reading, vocabulary are incorporated into all project work. Instruction emphasizes critical thinking, self-reflection, creativity. Humanities topics in history and current world events nurture cultural awareness and global concepts.
Expert instruction in Language Arts is provided to all students daily.
Foreign Language instruction is also provided. All students receive instruction in Spanish at least twice per week. Instruction in additional languages may be made available based on interest.
Personal wellness is important to us. Gifted students, in particular, require special supports as they grow and we provide resources to support their physical, emotional and social wellness.
Students engage in physical education class and/or yoga every day.
Students are provided instruction in neuroscience and emotional/social well-being to provide them with awareness of what is happening in their bodies and brains, as tools for lifelong success.
Students have two recesses per day.