Antelope Trails Elementary School is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school and is unique because the preschool housed at Antelope Trails is included in that authorization. The diversity of our curriculum is incredible for an elementary school. Our specials classes rotate on a daily basis and include art, music, physical education, and Spanish. Our vision for integrating 21st Century Skills into our curriculum includes:
- creating a third-fifth grade research plan to build students' understanding,
- utilizing our library/media to integrate fiction and non-fiction literature and technology within our curriculum,
- implementing iPad usage in the classroom as a differentiation tool for teaching and learning.
We also offer literacy support, special education classes, and enrichment (TAG) to meet the diverse needs of our learners. A school-wide intervention block program allows our staff to differentiate the learning for students needing above-grade level, on-grade level, and below-grade level interventions. A variety of before and after school classes also enrich our solid academic program. Each year, we survey our community to help us continue to provide the best possible educational experience for your child. Our parents, above all, find our school to be a caring and safe environment for our children. Our parents are highly involved partners in education.
Who we are at Antelope Trails Elementary School
Antelope Trails is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) school. The PYP provides a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance. IB utilizes structured inquiry, a powerful vehicle for all learners. It engages students in purposeful learning and guides them to become global thinkers and citizens.
Within IB at ATE, there are varieties of structures, resources, and programs utilized across the day.
Thinking maps are consistent visual patterns linked directly to eight specific thought processes. These patterns help all students reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking-essential components of 21st century education.
Math instruction at Antelope Trails is a combination of direct instruction, math rotations, and technology to reinforce math standards and strategies. Engage New York involves students in rigorous mathematics. We believe students need to have conceptual understanding, fact fluency and the ability to solve real world problems.
Daily 5 is the
structure used during ATE’s literacy block. This structure allows for a
combination of whole group, small group and individual direct instruction. Daily 5 provides an opportunity for students
to practice reading strategies independently or with a partner while engaging
in meaningful, good fit text. In addition to direct instruction, students
choose from five authentic reading and writing choices: Read to Self, Work on
Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work and Listen to Reading.
A variety of
resources are available for use within the structure of Daily 5. Students
create goals related to the CAFÉ menu: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency,
Expand vocabulary. These reading
components are broken into significant strategies that support each
goal. These strategies are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. Teachers
use the CAFÉ system to assess, instruct and monitor student progress.
Write From the Beginning is a developmental writing program used Kindergarten through 5th grade focused on criteria necessary for successful writing achievement. WFTB includes both a narrative and expository component. A balance of modeled instruction, focused mini-lessons, and independent writing make up the structure of this program.
Each grade level creates six transdisciplinary units of inquiry related to six common themes. Science and social studies content/standards are embedded within these units of inquiry linking content to a theme of global significance.