Curriculum

Instead of a typical letter grade scale that you may see in a public school system, Cardinal Academy operates on the numeric system described below. Grades are given based off of the student’s effort and pacing, not necessarily solely on accuracy (although this does play a role as well). Each student has a tailored curriculum based off of the TN state standards as well as the highest-ranking state in education and their standards. Students are evaluated through attentiveness, comprehension, replicability of material, and creativity with material.

Grades are given each day for each subject and then averaged each week. Those scores then construct the monthly progress reports. At the end of each semester, the average of the progress reports are compiled for the final semester grades.

Our goal is to ensure each child feels supported, yet challenged in their educational experience.

Samples of the weekly curriculum design, monthly progress reports, and semester report cards are provided below.

Scale System for Grading: 

 

4:  Exemplary- Student consistently exceeds the competency requirements for the course level. Performance indicators show that the student, with relative ease, grasps, applies, generalizes, and extends key concepts, processes, and skills consistently and independently.  

 

3: Proficient- Student consistently meets the competency requirements for the course level. Performance indicators show that the student, with limited errors, grasps key concepts, processes, and skills for the course level and understands and applies them effectively.  

 

2: Sufficient- Student is progressing toward meeting the competency requirements for the course level. Performance indicators show that the student is beginning to grasp key concepts, processes, and skills for the course level, but demonstrates inconsistent understanding and application of concepts.  

 

1: Developing- Student is making some progress toward meeting the competency requirements. Performance indicators show that the student is not demonstrating understanding of course-level key concepts, processes and skills and requires additional time and support.  

 

0: No evidence- Student has not yet met the competency requirements. 

 

 


 

 

 

Student Sample

 

Student:  Ava Williams 

Grade: 6th  

 

 

Weekly Curriculum: 

 

 

 


 

Monthly Progress Report: February 2021 

Ava Williams 

 

Jan Average  

Week 1 

Week 2 

Week 3 

Week 4 

Feb Average 

ELA 

3.5 

3.5 

4 

4 

3.9 

3.8 

Math 

4 

3.9 

4 

3.8 

4 

3.9 

History 

3.9 

4 

4 

4 

3.8 

3.9 

Science 

3.0 

3.25 

3.9 

3.75 

4 

3.7 

Art/Music 

4 

4 

4 

4 

4 

4 

 

 

ELA  We have focused on how to identify main ideas and details this month. Ava has grown in her ability to track topics throughout different nonfictional text structures. She needs further practice with identifying causes and effects in order to hone in on making inferences and summarizing information. Furthermore, she has excelled in our debates and understands the importance of needing evidence to support an argument.  

Math – This month marks Ava transition from pre-algebra to algebra 1. She has shown incredible skill in her ability to use the methods she knows to manipulate any math problem thrown her way. There are still areas where the material is newer to her than others. In those topics, she has been able to clearly state at any point whether she is following along or not.  

History – We have focused on Ancient India this month, exploring religion, early civilizations, important people, and inventions. Ava has further exhibited her talents with map reading and comprehension. She understands the important role that geography has in forming civilizations. She is still fine-tuning her ability to take notes, and we are continuing to practice retention.  

Science – Ava has grasped scientific concepts well over the past month. The new schedule and adjustment in teaching style has proven a big success. Micro science was an area that she took to quickly. Moving forward, we will be exploring macro sciences in a way similar to help bridge the gap between the two. Her interest in physics and engineering are leading us into March. 

 

 


 

 

Semester Report Card: 

 

Ava Wiliams– Grade Level- 6th 

Subject 

This Semester 

Subject Average 

English 

4 

4 

Math 

4 

4 

Science 

4 

4 

Reading 

4 

4 

Writing 

4 

4 

Music 

4 

4 

History 

4 

4 

 

Additional comments: 

English: Ava has a firm understanding of grammar and syntax. When I have explained a few grammatical concepts, such as appositive phrases, she is able to quickly apply the skill after explanation. She has strong context clues, and is able to identify different elements of figurative language within texts.   

MathAva is able to grasp complex concepts with ease and demonstrates her understanding of them very well. Her favorite form of math is that which is the most “satisfying” to use her words. This includes arithmetic, geometry, and solving linear equations. 

Science Ava is showing an increased interest in science. Throughout the semester, we looked at earth science, Atomic science, chemistry, Biology, and engineering. Looking ahead, we will start this next semester with chemistry and biology then build up to physics and earth science as we process in those fields. 

Reading: Ava excels in identifying plots within various texts. She is able to distinguish author’s purpose and why an author might choose one POV over another. As far as reading goes, we have read both grade level texts and some more challenging works above her grade level.  She is not afraid to ask questions if she does not understand something. 

Writing: Ava has focused on narrative writing techniques this past semesterShe verbally talks through her ideas well, and is able to translate them to paper with guidance. In this next semester we will be moving into persuasive and explanatory texts. 

Music: Ava has shown amazing progress on the piano! Over the past 3 months, she has become increasingly comfortable with her musicality and her ability to use a piano. Her hands are in the early stages of developing muscle memory for piano techniques, and her understanding of aural skills is going very well. Overall, I hope music continues to be a healthy outlet for her during the school day as she watches herself become a proficient pianist.  

History: Ava has covered China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Russia as well as the key characteristics of Ancient civilizations, prehistoric nomads, the Agricultural Revolution, the Ice Age, and Ancient Mesopotamia. She has shown an eagerness to know and understand different cultures and their individual histories. We are continuing to practice the importance of note-taking.  

Overall, Ava has shown exceptional understanding of previous material learned as well as accelerated learning in the subjects that have been taught this semester. She has proficiency with standards at and below those that have been studied, with need for continued practice in only the more recent standards. She is well equipped to move into subjects beyond the standard curriculum for her age group.

 


 


 

Michael Locke

Language tutor specializing in: 

  • German 
  • Italian 
  • French  

Music Educator:

  • Voice (Classical and non-classical)  
  • Guitar 
  • Piano  
  • Mandolin 
  • Music theory 
  • Aural skills 

Maths:

  • Grade school mathematics (1st-8th) 
  • Pre-algebra  
  • Algebra 1 and 2  
  • Geometry  
  • Precalculus  
  • Calculus 
  • Statistics 
  • Philosophy and logic 

Sciences: 

  • Grade school science (1st-8th 
  • Chemistry  
  • Biology  
  • Physics 
  • Psychology  
  • Computer science 

 


 

Kristina Gibbs

Specialized Courses Available.

Languages:

  • Spanish Language and Culture 
  • American Sign Language and Culture 

English Literature:

  • Grade School Reading (K-8th 
  • Short stories 
  • Dramas 
  • Poetry 
  • Novels 

English Composition:

  • Essay Writing 
  • Grammar 
  • Creative Writing 
  • MLA Formatting and Research Skills 
  • Microsoft Word 

History:

  • Grade School History (K-8th) 
  • World History: Ancient Civilizations 
  • World History 
  • U.S. History 
  • Geography