We emphasize literacy development, mathematics, and our core curriculum units which integrate social studies, science and the arts with reading, writing, and communications.
Kester Avenue Elementary School uses the Open Court reading program, a comprehensive reading and writing program that teaches decoding, comprehension, and writing in an easy-to-understand format. Adopted by all California schools in 2002, this highly-effective program uses a three part system:
Kester uses the enVisionMATH series, an interactive and visual learning program that provides differentiated instruction to address the specific needs of students at all levels. Students access the California State math standards in learning modules designed to engage, assess, and reinforce skills, using a variety of methods. By using meaningful connections to understand basic concepts, students learn math concepts more quickly, with a higher retention rate.
Parents can also use the internet to bring what children are learning in school into the home. Parents and students can access math homework help, games, and online resources at www.pearsonsuccessnet.com (ask your child’s teacher for login information).
Research shows that hands-on investigation through laboratory experimentation is the best way to introduce students to scientific inquiry—the process of asking questions and testing hypotheses as a way to understand the natural world. Kids are concrete thinkers, and they love to tinker with things, manipulate things, and watch things that move and things that change. Kester students have exceptional opportunity to actively participate with the sciences through our science lab and our yearly science fair.
Our students are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated space for conducting science investigations—in their science lab. Teachers are able to integrate a science curriculum into the day by bringing their classes to the lab, where our science aide helps set up experiments. This hands-on experience is priceless.
During the science fair, each student is given a list of grade-appropriate experiments to choose from, or they may create and conduct their own. The fair is a forum for students to design investigations, engage in scientific reasoning, record data, analyze results, and write about their findings. Because every child chooses something that is of interest to him the process is personalized.
Through the study of geography, history and current events, Kester students learn to be productive and informed citizens. The themes and courses of study for each grade level are fully outlined in the state frameworks and standards and are crafted by teachers to maximize interest and spark thought and discussion among students.
In kindergarten through grade three, students are introduced to the basic concepts of each discipline: history, geography, civics, and economics. Beginning at grade four, the disciplines are woven together within the standards at each grade. In grade five, students are expected to use critical thinking skills to approach social studies study.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is required to provide differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students in local resident schools. A differentiated program builds on the core curriculum and supplements it. It may be different in pacing, level of complexity, depth, above-grade-level resources, and will adjust for student areas of strength. Please contact the Magnet Center for further information on our gifted programs: 818-787-3026.
The GATE program encourages extremely high levels of abstract thinking, motivation, interest, achievement, peer interaction, and an accelerated pace of learning. For more on the program please see the LAUSD website.
In order to be verified for Kester's gifted/high ability magnet program a student must demonstrate the ability to work two years above grade level in academic subjects. The magnet program offers an enriched interdisciplinary academic environment that is exciting, challenging, and which encourages students to use creative and critical-thinking skills. For more on eligibility and the application process, please see the e-choices website.