At RCS Middle and High Schools, students are instructed with a variety of learning strategies to assist them in becoming lifelong readers, writers and communicators. Through these learning strategies and opportunities, students are prepared to excel in their post secondary experiences whether it be higher education, the workplace, the trades or the military. English Department educators follow New York State Learning Standards guidelines as well as the Common Core. Students are also prepared for standardized testing experiences such as the New York State English Regents and the verbal components of the SAT and ACT. A variety of reading choices, both fiction and nonfiction, are incorporated at the various grade levels as well as comprehensive instruction in various writing styles.
At the RCS Elementary Schools, students are taught the
skills needed to read, write, listen and speak. Our curriculum is aligned
with the NYS Common Core Standards. Our program is based on a balanced
literacy model including whole group lessons, small group lessons and
individualized instruction as needed. Students are taught the five
components of reading: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and
Comprehension using authentic literature to motivate students to become
lifelong readers. It is during these elementary school years that students
make the leap from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”.