Curriculum Policy

Connecting Waters Charter School
Revised 11/09/18


According to the school charter, CWCS students must use curriculum that will enable the students to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards. The standards must all be covered by the chosen curriculum; however the curriculum does not have to be state adopted. Writing prompts and rubrics must be provided to every family for all grade levels. All grade levels should have a curriculum that teaches rigorous, standards-aligned writing.


By the first learning record meeting of each school year, each ES will review and explain this Curriculum Policy along with the following additional policies:

  • PLIP Policy
  • Response to Instruction (RtI) Policy
  • High School Intensive Policy (grades 9-12 only)

Personalized Learning Improvement Plan (PLIP) Policy:

All students K-12 will have a Personalized Learning Improvement Plan (PLIP) developed in collaboration with parent, student and ES following the school's PLIP Policies. Please see the PLIP Policy Page for more details regarding the PLIP Policy.

Response to Instruction (RtI) Policy:

Additional intensive curriculum may be needed for some students as per the Response to Instruction Policy. Please see the RtI Policy Page for more details regarding the RtI Policy.

High School Intensive:

CAASPP Prep Curriculum: All students in grades 10 and 11 who do not show proficiency in grade 8 standards will be enrolled in the High School Intensive Program and be provided with corresponding material. Please see the High School Intensive Policy Page for more details.

Selecting Instructional Materials Based on Data:

The ES will also review any previous year's assessment data available with each parent for each student and follow best practices of Using Data to Drive Instruction

See Response to Instruction (RtI) Policy for additional information regarding school-wide assessments

Concepts & Skills Review Materials:

All students in grades 2 - 11 are expected to complete Concepts & Skills review material at their grade level in preparation for state exams.

Addressing State Standards:

CWCS believes that both the confidence and the motivation to learn begins by meeting the students at their current performance levels. In consultation with the parent, either order a standards aligned curriculum at the student's current performance level from the suggested curriculum lists on the CWCS Curriculum website for English, math and science units for identified areas of weakness or complete a PLIP Curriculum Checklist declaring that the material the parent is choosing to use covers all of the standards for that subject.

If the student's curriculum does not cover all of the areas listed on the checklist, you may "fill in any gaps" with supplemental material. Keep signed completed checklists in your student's file, ready to provide to the school if needed.

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