Grades 1–3 Curriculum

From Skill Acquisition to Building Knowledge

The grades 1–3 curriculum at BASIS Charter Schools is rooted in a co-teaching model. In these grades, your student will be supported in the classroom by a Subject Expert Teacher (SET) as well as a Learning Expert Teacher (LET). 

Our SETs are degreed experts in their subject matter, bringing their passion and experience to the classroom. They have the autonomy and creative freedom to design their own lessons. LETs, on the other hand, are specialists in pedagogy. They travel from class-to-class with their core group of students and support them through the day. LETs monitor students’ individualized progress as they participate in the grades 1–3 curriculum, and communicate that progress to parents. This co-teaching model maximizes student-teacher engagement and gives us the ability to provide extra support to students.

Core courses for students in grades 1–3 include language and literacy, math, civics, history, science, and physical education. The curriculum is rounded out by enrichment classes such as fine arts and Mandarin. These courses provide students with the opportunity to further build their knowledge and skills. 

Unique to the grades 1–3 curriculum is our Connections course, which engages students with scenario-based problems. Students use their ingenuity to work through different scenarios, building bridges between multiple subjects. By placing your student “in” the problem, the Connections course builds critical thinking, teamwork, and creative skills.

These components work together to prepare your student for the challenges ahead in grades 4–7.

Learn more about our grades 1-3 co-teaching model by watching the video below. You can also schedule a school tour to visit a BASIS Charter School in person! 

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BASIS San Antonio North Central second grade student