About Our School
Landmark has been designed around the following elements:
- Continuous Learning Calendar
- Integrated Thematic Curriculum
- Multiage Classrooms
- Best Practices
- Variety of Assessment
- Parental Involvement/LCO
- Social Skills Training
Continuous Learning Calendar (Year-round): Landmark's calendar reflects the same number of student attendance days as that of the other District 15 schools. However, the time is divided differently. It includes four nine-week sessions, with two-three week breaks between each session, with the exception of summer break, which consists of approximately 6-7 weeks
Integrated Thematic Curriculum : Content standards required by both state and district guidelines are embedded in school-wide thematic units that connect similar topics across different subject areas and grade levels (see Year #1 and Year #2 curricular)
Multiage Classrooms: There are nine multiage classrooms: 3 @ K/1st, 3 @ 2nd/3rd, and 3 @ 4th/5th. Children within a 2-3 year age span are intentionally grouped together with the same teacher for a two-year period of time. Multiage groupings support the academic growth of each child through social interaction, problem-solving and positive attitudes toward learning.
Best Practices: Using research-based teaching practices, Landmark staff employ a variety of techniques to meet our students' learning styles. A combination of direct instruction and independent practice can be found in each classroom, as teachers rely on multimedia resources, specialists, and a wide assortment of materials to meet each student's individual needs.
Variety of Assessment: Assessment shapes Landmark's instruction. A variety of assessments reflect the child's individual growth. Some examples are collections of student work, performance-based models and self-evaluation. Formal reporting includes: report cards, teacher-family conferences and standardized tests.
Parental Involvement: Parents are viewed as partners in the educational process and their support is seen as a key ingredient to Landmark's success. The LCO is the parent-staff organization that provides support in numerous ways, including: fundraising, family networking, classroom assistance, tutoring, and providing student enrichment opportunities.Landmark's School Compact outlines additional areas where parents can assist their child through opportunities at home and at school.
Social Skills Training: A variety of materials and methods are used to teach and reinforce responsible, respectful behavior towards adults and peers. Classroom meetings serve as a way to build community. School-wide use of the Habits of Mind gives our students common language and strategies for becoming effective communicators and problem-solvers.