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Core Curriculum

Our academic curriculum is always focused on our mission: “Empowering Students as Learners.” Students receive rigorous instruction that requires them to use higher-order thinking skills.

The teachers at CCCS implement instruction that is technological and project-based. Students acquire knowledge through high-interest hands-on activities that allow them to master skills presented.


CCCS Assessment Philosophy

In order to gauge how our scholars are achieving and predict how they will perform on the PSSA, teachers and administrators must keep their thumb on the pulse of the learning.  This is accomplished through both formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment should occur throughout instruction on a daily basis.  Formative assessment should be used to inform teachers of scholar progress before the summative assessment.  

Chester Community Charter School  is committed to growing our scholars’ academic achievement. This is accomplished through providing rigorous, standard-aligned curriculum with clearly defined learning outcomes for all students. Scholar mastery and achievement is measured by diagnostic assessments, benchmark assessments, performance tasks, End-of-Year assessments, and nationally- normed assessments. It is the expectation that all scholars will participate in all required assessments.

In order to accomplish this, there needs to be coordinated efforts to increase attendance.  Partnership with parents will be critical to these efforts.

Academic progress is monitored using the following assessments:

  • i-Ready Diagnostic assessment, three times per year (fall, winter, spring)
    • Math - grades 1-8
    • Reading - grades 2-8
  • DIBELS assessment of Reading fluency in grades K-1, three times per year
  • Fountas & Pinnell assessment of Reading in grades K-5, three times per year
    • K is tested only in winter and spring
  • Curriculum Benchmark assessments in Math and ELA in grades 3-8, twice per year (late fall and winter)
  • PSSA in Math and ELA in grades 3-8, in April-May
    • Grade 4 and grade 8 are also assessed in Science

Data collected from the assessments are further used to drive curriculum and instruction. Acquisition of the Race to the Top grant provides professional development opportunities, assessment tools, and resource materials to enhance student learning.