Curriculum

As a public charter school, our rigorous curriculum follows guidelines set by the state of North Carolina. The difference at Pioneer Springs is how these core subjects come alive for our students. Core concepts are presented in integrated thematic units, in which connections between disciplines are highlighted and learning is set in a compelling real-world context. In keeping with our focus on the natural world, students in each grade level examine their entire year of study through the lens of a different ecosystem. From the kindergarten world of the pond to fifth graders’ lush forest expanses, these ecosystems provide the framework for a year of discovery-based learning integrating all core subjects.

To this foundational core curriculum we add special area focus on subjects aligned with our unique mission and philosophy. Known as Connect Classes, each of these classes is taught by a highly qualified expert and is thematically tied to students’ classroom units. Connect Classes at Pioneer Springs include Art, Music, P. E., Spanish, Nature, Ceramics, and Yoga.