Curriculum / Academics

School Philosophy

The Sandburg staff firmly believes all children can learn and show academic gains every year of instruction. All children benefit from a quality integrated learning experience. The amount of instructional time spent by students on their work and the extent of parent involvement can make a difference in achievement. School experiences and education do make a difference in the future lives of children. A high level of instructional quality can be maintained even in an environment of decreasing resources. Regular student attendance is vital if optimum achievement is to occur.


Course of Study

Our school's general education curriculum is based on the district's Course of Study, K-12 . In addition to meeting a legal requirement, the Course of Study provides information about the district's educational programs and approved instructional materials. It also outlines state and district requirements, district cross-curricular programs, special education programs, student assessment, and more.

Math Curriculum

At the request of the teachers and principal, the Sandburg Elementary School Foundation provides funding for the Engage New York Math curriculum from Eureka Math. This curriculum is the most widely used math curriculum in the United States and focuses on understanding mathematical concepts. Children are taught to think about math conceptually so that the same techniques they internalize for basic arithmetic can be used to not only solve, but to conceptually understand, algebraic equations. This understanding provides the foundation from which the children can later understand calculus and advanced mathematics.

Language Arts Curriculum

At the request of the teachers and principal, the Sandburg Elementary School Foundation also funds Langauge Arts programs for all students. Kindergarten and first grade use the Reading Eggs program to engage children in reading. The purpose of this program is to both teach children to read and to help them develop a love of reading. Second through fifth grade students use the Renaissance Accelerate Reader Program. This program is designed to further advance children's reading by allowing them to select books specifically at their level and easily track their growth.


School and district policies require homework and outside reading on a regular basis. Each teacher has a homework policy that meets these requirements. Click to read Sandburg's Homework Policy in detail.

Grade level supplies and expectations

Supplies on the lists below are not required and teachers are grateful for any donations.

UTK: Supplies and Expectations

Kindergarten: Supplies and Expectations

First Grade: Supplies and Expectations

Second Grade: Supplies and Expectations

Third Grade: Supplies and Expectations

Fourth Grade: Supplies and Expectations

Fifth Grade: Supplies and Expectations

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