Academics

The primary school curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next
Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Copies of the K-12 Standards and the Rutland City K-12
Curriculum can be found in the school’s main office, or at Longfellow Building.
Reading is taught through an approach that integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
These areas interrelate and support the development of early literacy skills in students. A primary
goal of Northwest School is to ensure that every child becomes a competent and confident reader
and writer during their K-2 experience. If a child has difficulty learning to read, support services
are provided to help children with specific skills.

Mathematics is taught using a program that aligns to CCSS and is called “Everyday Math.”The
EDM program addresses standards in a way that asks students to learn math basics, combined
with an opportunity to use math in real life through problem solving. If a child has difficulty with
early mathematical concepts, support services are provided to help children gain confidence and
aptitude.

Science and Social Students are aligned with CCSS and NGSS, and are often integrated and
taught through developed thematic units and hands-on learning opportunities.

Along with the core curriculum, students receive weekly instruction in art, library skills, music,
and physical education. The specials programs are designed to encourage exploration, increase
awareness, and build upon students’ self-esteem and willingness to try new things as they grow
their imagination and creativity.

Social/Emotional

The primary goal at Northwest School is to create a safe and nurturing environment where
students learn the value of responsibility, self-discipline, lifelong learning, and respect.
Northwest School follows the Responsive Classroom and Positive Behavior Interventions and
Supports (PBIS) model of behavior and expectations, helping children learn from their
misbehaviors and mistakes to understand the logical consequences for their actions. We believe
that all students have the right to a safe environment, and have a responsibility to act in a safe
and appropriate manner. We believe that students have the right to be treated with respect and
courtesy, and have the responsibility to behave respectfully and courteously to others. At
Northwest School, we believe that our students have the right to a quality education and must
conduct themselves in a manner which avoids interference in the education of other children.

The school standards for behavior are built into our STAR student framework, and can be
defined as:

S – Show respect to oneself and others at all times
T – Treat others with kindness
A – Always be safe
R – Reach for the stars (do your best)