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Academic Instruction


Weekly Lesson Plans

More Time on Task: Roots PCS teachers  spend approximately 20% more time in school than most other DC public school teachers.

  • The elementary school day is from 8:00 am-4:00 pm and the Prek3 and PreK4 schedule is from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm., allowing for increased time on task and after school daycare.


Standards-Based Instruction: Roots PCS uses the Common Core to ensure high quality instruction.

  • Grade - level teams and support team members collaborate regularly to map Roots PCS curriculum, benchmark it against standards, and drive instructional decision-making in a rigorous, meaningful way.


Research-Based Curricula: Roots RPSC adopts resources that have proven success with similar populations of scholars.

  • Nightly Homework: Regular homework is essential to mastering content and developing strong study habits.

  • Students receive developmentally appropriate homework on a nightly basis to reinforce skills and develop study skills

  • Homework is checked on a daily basis and families are kept apprised of scholar success through phone calls and written logs.

Enrichment: Our enrichment program ensures that scholars enjoy a variety of specials activities which contribute to scholar success both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Dr.Boyd’s Monthly Hands- on Science

  • Weekly African Drumming and Dancing classes

  • Weekly DC Hand-Dancing classes

  • Weeky Jump Rope classes

  • Kiswahili/Spanish/French (Introductory classes)

Continuous Assessment : Regular analysis of and reflection on scholar progress is central to Roots PCS's culture and to achieving our mission.

  • The Principal leads assessment implementation and data collection efforts to ensure data-drive instruction;

  • All students will take four interim assessments in Reading, Writing and Math each year to gauge progress towards grade-level standards;

  • Student - specific plans are created following analysis of Interim data;

  • All scholars take the ELA and Math Benchmarks for K-2, Common Core for Grades3-5). These tests comply with our student achievement goals, and gives the school an end-of-year snapshot of scholar mastery of grade-level standards;

  • Students in grades 3-5 participate in the PARCC English Language Arts and Mathematics exams, and in the DC Science Assessment and the Health and Physical Education Assessment (HPEA);

  • Students' reading fluency and comprehension levels are consistently monitored with DIBELS;

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