The curriculum at UCS is differentiated. This means that Urban is focused on supporting and encouraging every student in reaching their full potential at their own pace.
We utilize a variety of academic curricular programs, materials, and initiatives to help us differentiate for the learning needs of all of our children within the classroom.
In the area of literacy in Kindergarten - level 6, we utilize the Collaborative Classroom program. Collaborative Classroom is workshop-based learning opportunities through: Making Meaning, our reading program; Being a Writer, our writing program; and Being a Reader, our foundational literacy skills program that focuses on phonics and phonemic awareness. In levels 7 and 8, we use the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Program, which provides a natural extension to our Kindergarten - level 6 Collaborative Literacy Program.
Students at UCS learn math in an inquiry-based environment. Teachers are able to provide questions, problems, and scenarios to better engage student learning through thought and investigation. By incorporating direct instruction, students work individually or in small groups, developing key skills and building a better understanding of various mathematical concepts. Our students talk through best practices and problem-solving, therefore giving themselves the tools to solve more complex and relevant problems.
Our science curriculum draws from a variety of resources. We integrate the life sciences curriculum with our garden program and garden curriculum. Much of our life science program with garden comes from the Edible Schoolyard program and curriculum. Many of our field trips are science-based throughout the year, with students traveling to places such as the Cleveland Metroparks, The Holden Arboretum, and Great Lakes Science Center.
Social Studies Curriculum
Our social studies curriculum draws from a variety of resources. In the middle school, we use the Facing History and Ourselves program and the Ohio Common Core State Standards. In elementary school, we use a variety of resources including a layered curriculum, integration with language arts, and field trips to help bring the grade level social studies concepts and curricula to life. Many of our field trips are social studies based with students visiting local museums and learning about history through plays with Playhouse Square.
UCS has partnered with the International Institute for Restorative Practices to focus on creating learning environments where we hold strengthening relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities as a central tenet. In other words, we work hard to be an inclusive community and using restorative practices gives our staff, students, and families a common language and the tools to understand how we build, support, and repair our community so that it can thrive.
Catholic students at UCS are instructed in traditional Catholicism. Students of other faiths receive a broad-based Christian education focusing on common ideals in Christian religions and emphasizing moral formation, a non-violent approach to problem solving, mediation, cooperative learning, and respect for the rights of each person. School-wide prayer services are all-inclusive as well, focusing on acceptance, peace, and commitment to God. UCS is a non-exclusive school that welcomes children of all faith traditions.
Social Emotional Curriculum
We believe in educating the whole child. We use a variety of materials, programs, and resources to engage in social emotional learning with all children.
Second Step Social Skills
Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children.