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At Hillcrest Elementary we are dedicated to academics and curriculum. We follow the OCPS district goals which include: 

  • Intense Focus on Student Achievement
  • High-Performing and Dedicated Team
  • Safe Learning Environment
  • Sustained Community Engagement

We use Houghton Mifflin Reading as our core Reading/Language Arts program which focuses on phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. This program possesses hundreds of individual Leveled Readers which will provide the right support for each student, with additional titles for language support.



enVision Math is our math curriculum which focusses on Daily Problem-Based Interactive Learning followed by Visual Learning strategies deepen conceptual understanding by making meaningful connections for students and delivering strong, sequential visual/verbal connections through the Visual Learning Bridge in every lesson.


Science Fusion is a comprehensive, digitally-focused curriculum solution that provides all the tools that teachers need to engage students in exciting, inquiry-based learning at every point of instruction. A complete Lab Program provides hands-on and virtual lab experiences that complement core print and digital paths, while Student Edition print materials promote active learning of state standards.


Descubre el español con Santillana is a comprehensive program designed to promote, support, and enhance education in the Foreign Language in the Elementary School classroom. The program is jam-packed with rich and engaging activities that help students learn Spanish through the five Cs: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities. Descubre el español conSantillana explores the language and cultures of twenty Spanish-speaking countries to create as much interest in the culture as in the language, thus promoting student’s interest.


 

Our French Academy is currently making use of a language teaching methodology known as Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM) which uses gestures, music, dance, and theater to help students learn. The basic premise of AIM is that students learn and remember better when they do something that goes along with the words they are saying.

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