The Academy's bilingual, multicultural curriculum follows both the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, art, and music) and the National Greek Curriculum Standards (language arts, mathematics, and Greek culture).
The curriculum is an innovative research-based curriculum, developed by the Socrates Academy Curriculum Committee, which is made up of several distinguished faculty from UNC Charlotte with expertise in various aspects of education, English and other languages, mathematics, and technology.
It is important to note that only a small percentage of the students of the Academy are of Greek heritage, and students from diverse cultures and backgrounds are greatly profiting from this approach.
While part of each school day is taught in Greek, no prior knowledge of Greek is required. It is, however, recommended that new students enter the Academy at the earliest grades possible in order to gain the greatest academic benefit.
Instruction relies on the Socratic Method to foster critical analytic thinking. The program is characterized by high academic quality and a special emphasis in mathematics, reading, writing, character development, multiculturalism, and early learning of a second language.
Elementary Students are taught using a balanced literacy approach to reading. This means that we pull the best research-based sources to teach reading and phonics.
Middle School Students Middle school scholars are taught at a rigorous level. Scholars consistently participate in Socratic Seminars and are challenged to think critically.
Elementary Students have science and social studies for a semester each. This class is called Integrated Units. These classes follow the NC DPI Standards as a basis for instruction.
Middle School Students
have science and social students for a semester each. These classes follow the NC DPI Standards as a basis for instruction.
Elementary Students learn a balanced literacy approach to writing. We use research-based sources to teach our scholars because we know they work.
Middle School Students Middle school scholars write expository, narrative and persuasive essays. Scholars conduct a series of edits, receiving feedback from peers and teachers.
Elementary Students attend 50 minutes of Greek Language and 50 minutes of Greek Math each day. K-2nd Greek Math is co-taught with the Greek & Homeroom teachers.
Middle School Students attend 54 minutes of Greek Language and 54 minutes of Greek Math each day. Greek Language and Greek Math classes are leveled starting in 5th grade.
New Students in 5th - 8th grade are started in beginner Greek classes. Elementary students learn using differentiated instruction.
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Elementary Students are taught Math using the Singapore method twice daily. Once in English and once in Greek.
Middle School Students are offered Math through High School Math II. Students learn math using the Socratic method to discover/explore concepts through questions and discussion.
Elementary Students attend on special class daily. Art, Music, Library, Computer & PE are attended.
Middle School Electives include, P.E. Band, Art, Drama, Spanish or Chinese
In ELA, Math, Math in Greek - A specific standard is matched to each assignment
In IU (Science/Social Studies), Greek Language, and Special Area Classes-Assignment receive a letter only
Each assignment receives letter to explain their progress on 10 point scale
CD - Consistently Demonstrates Independently
D - Demonstrates with Minimal Teach Support
B - Beginning to Demonstrate with Significant Teacher Support
N - Needs Improvement
Grades 3-8: Ten Point Scale*
59 < F
* High School Level Classes: 10 point scale. Middle School Greek Language, Middle School Chinese and Spanish, Math I and II