Academics | Elementary

Building a Foundation

At PACT Charter School, we are focused on partnering with parents to educate the whole child, especially during the formative years. We challenge each student to grow intellectually and believe students learn best by having the opportunity to explore through a multitude of ways.

We allow students to do that in a safe and nurturing environment, highlighted by small class sizes. We have a dedicated team of faculty and a robust curriculum to challenge the minds of our students. Our teachers continue to grow in their desire to impact the heart of our students to be sure they develop a life-long love of learning.

The best parts:
  • Strong core academics
  • Weekly classes in technology, media center, music, art, and gym.
  • Average class size of 24, with a 16:1 student/teacher ratio.
  • “Advisory Buddies” pairs students in grades K-6 with middle and high school students.
  • A character-education curriculum focused on our nine character qualities

Teaching Methods and Curriculum

The goals of PACT's teaching methods and curriculum are to promote higher-level thinking in students, meeting students at their ability level, and helping them to reach their full potential. We accomplish this in various ways, including:

  • Incorporating multiple intelligences: logical, intrapersonal, musical, kinesthetic, spatial, linguistic, naturalistic, interpersonal
  • Focusing on multi-sensory learning as much as possible
  • Teaching students how to research using a variety of resources
  • Integrating subjects and cross-curricular projects when appropriate
  • Providing an emotionally and physically safe, positive learning environment
  • Working Collaboratively
  • Training students in decision-making (Love and Logic)
  • Differentiating instruction
  • Focus on student engagement and high-level questioning techniques
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Phonics

The Writing Road to Reading:

“Reading Works” curriculum uses phonics, reading, writing, and spelling alongside each other as part of a complete package to teach the “language of instruction” and then begins to carefully build a foundation upon which skills of ever-increasing difficulty can be built. One skill builds upon another like building with blocks. Creating a higher vocabulary, grammar, composition fluency, and reading comprehension. By teaching them together, the student develops a higher appreciation for the written word. Published by The Works People.

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Language Arts

Journeys is a comprehensive K-6 English language arts program. It provides an instructional system for reading both literature and informational texts, for acquiring foundational skills, and for developing mastery of speaking, listening and writing. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Math

Math Expressions is a proven K–6 curriculum that helps children make sense of math by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating their understanding of key concepts. In busy, active lessons, students learn how to look deeper and choose their own path to the answers—skills that will take them far beyond the math classroom. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Science

The Full Option Science System™ (FOSS) philosophy is to engage students in science through active learning. Every FOSS investigation follows a similar design to provide multiple exposures to science concepts. The design includes these pedagogies: Active investigation; including outdoor experiences, recording in science notebooks to answer the focus question, reading in FOSS Science Resources, assessment to monitor progress and motivate student reflection on learning. In practice, these components are seamlessly integrated into a continuum designed to maximize every student's opportunity to learn. An instructional sequence may move from one pedagogy to another and back again to ensure adequate coverage of a concept. Published by Delta Education.

Social Studies

Into Social Studies captivates K-6 students with vibrant magazines and hands-on activities that transform every classroom into a world stage. Through an engaging, flexible curriculum that marries nonfiction content with literacy goals, students develop the strong contextual foundations they need to build knowledge and find their place in the world. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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What I Need (WIN) Time

Elementary students receive differentiated instruction based on their needs. In reading and math, differentiated instruction is provided during daily What I Need (WIN) Time. Students in need of additional help may receive small group assistance from licensed teachers. This also provides time for the homeroom teacher to meet with small groups of students to provide extra support and enrichment.

Elementary Grading Symbols

Standards-based grading is used in grades K-4 to allow teachers, parents, and students to identify areas of strength and need easily.

To prepare students for Secondary, grades 5-6 use letter grades A through F in core subjects and the following numeric symbols in specials/enrichment courses:

4 = Excelling (Consistently exceeds grade-level standards)
3 = Proficient (At grade level standard)
2 = Emerging / Developing (Limited proficiency of grade level)
1 = Area of Concern (Below grade-level standards)
NA = Not assessed
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Executive Director of Education

Amy Erendu
763-712-4200  |  Email

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coordinator

Kasie Peters
763-712-4200  |  Email

Connect With Us

PACT Charter School
7250 East Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303

 

Phone: 763-712-4200
Absence line: 763-712-4200, ext. 2
Fax: 763-712-4201

 

MAP & DIRECTIONS

Office Hours

School Year
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Teachers leave @ 3:30 p.m.

 

Non-School Fridays
7:30 a.m. - Noon

 

School Breaks
Monday | Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday | Thursday: 8 a.m. - noon
Closed Holidays and Fridays

 

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