Academic Philosophy

Our daily schedule is based on a 120-60-60-90 format. The day starts with a 120 minute Literacy block. Every student is placed in flexible reading groups based on a beginning of the year assessment. Students are reassessed every 10 weeks to determine which group is the best for them and can move groups at this time.

Children are most successful when they learn to read through a balance of literature and explicit, systematic phonics instruction. Mastering phonics skills enables students to get beyond the distractions and mechanics of decoding words so they can focus on the goal of reading: comprehension. That’s why CHATA uses SRA/McGraw-Hill and the Open Court Reading approach to reading instruction. The well-designed, systematic program, balancing phonics and literature, has known success for nearly 40 years.

Saxon Math is a curriculum that uses hands on experiences to enrich the learning of mathematical concepts. Real Math uses a variety of engaging and enjoyable activities to help students learn and master basic skills. It incorporates games, mental math problems, and thinking stories that use real life experiences to enhance their learning.

Our science program gives students a solid foundation of knowledge about Life, Earth, Physical, and Health Science. At the same time, students master the scientific thinking processes necessary to solve problems.

We offer more than just a social studies curriculum.  Our program helps students achieve academic and personal excellence. Students learn about character, ethics, empathy and self-esteem implicitly by studying the world’s greatest thinkers, both canonical and unsung, and by stepping into the shoes of great historical figures, both real and imaginary.


Art, Music, Spanish, Technology and Physical Education