Elementary Academics

Visual arts is taught by licensed art specialists in all grades 1-5, rotated with music, physical education and media. Click here to learn more about art in Robbinsdale Area Schools.

Students have music performance options starting in fourth grade. Students in all of the elementary schools have the option of starting orchestra in fourth grade and band in fifth grade. Each year, our music program consistently produces national recognition and state champions for all-state choir, band and orchestra.

Gifted Services aboundAll 14 schools in our district have services both during the day and beyond—with Destination ImagiNation (DI), Math Masters and more.

Math instruction teaches students to use physical objects to show how to solve equations. They’re seeing concepts come to life through hands-on activities that helps with retention.

Whole-class literacy block includes fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and writing, supplemented with small group reading instruction at a child’s instructional level.

Hands-on science activities teach the history and nature of science, earth and space science, physical science, and life science.

Social studies curriculum focuses on history, humanities and the social sciences to develop social understanding and to prepare students to become responsible citizens.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a whole school approach that includes all students and staff in all school settings. Through implementation of PBIS, schools create a learning environment that is more engaging, responsive and preventive, addressing classroom management and disciplinary issues intentionally and timely, and promotes and celebrates a positive school climate.

Each elementary school has a Response to Intervention (RtI) block of time every day. During this time, students receive small group instruction to address their specific learning needs, based on careful and ongoing formative assessments, whether it is extra time to master concepts or enrichment time to go deeper with concepts already mastered.

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