Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School Academic Program
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School (EMHCS) offers a dual language curriculum featuring Spanish and English instruction in Kindergarten. The enrichment model utilizes both languages for instruction in all areas. At the primary level (grades 1-3), students following a 6-day cycle and alternate between a Content room and English Language Arts room. Every other day in grades 1 and 2, the students receive content instruction in Spanish. All students go to Spanish Language Arts every other day. At the intermediate level (grades 4-6), the students receive their core instruction in English and continue to study the Spanish language when attending Spanish class. Students not meeting standards receive their literacy block instruction in their dominant language until they reach their proficiency level, rather than alternating between English and Spanish. Once their proficiency level is achieved, the students return to the alternation between the two languages.
EMHCS believes in hands-on learning; therefore, instruction is delivered in a workshop model where teachers begin with a focused, standard-based, explicit mini-lesson, followed by a work period and ending with a closing. In grades 3-6, students use the New York State modules for English Language Arts. All students participate in an annual 100 Book Challenge and are provided with independent reading opportunities on a daily basis. Students have access to books at their independent reading levels. In grades K-6, students use the New York State Math modules for their instruction.
Grades seventh and eighth utilize the Expeditionary Learning (EL) curriculum. Expeditionary Learning energizes student motivation and engagement through high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. EL uses case studies and projects to connect students to real-world audiences and compel them to care and contribute. Students are exposed to clear expectations and tight follow-through for respect and responsibility, teamwork and contribution, and commitment to high-quality work. EL builds a school culture where students feel safe, respected, and pushed to be their best selves.
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8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.