Academics & Programs
Chamberlain’s curriculum is based on the Indiana academic standards, the essential skills outlined by ISTEP, and the academic standards of the Goshen Community Schools Corporation. As with all Goshen Community Schools elementary schools, Chamberlain emphasizes the content areas of literacy and math.
Literacy Collaborative is our language arts framework and consists of language and word study, reading workshop, and writing workshop. There are a number of teaching and learning structures and curriculum components for each. Each student is met at their level and receives instruction in individual, small group, and large group settings.
Two reading recovery teachers drastically improve the reading ability of 16 first grade students over the course of one year. This is a first grade program only.
Scholastic Reading Counts
A reading program used primarily at the upper grades to involve children in reading excellent literature and to further develop comprehension ability.
Math Trailblazers, our math framework, helps students develop powerful ways of reasoning and thinking about mathematics while learning the algorithms.
Special Academic Programs
Certified trainers work with students and staff in areas that need additional support. The collaborative staff gets together as a Resource Team to help each other find ways to increase student achievement.
As good as we are, we are always getting better. With all students we work with metacognition – helping them best learn how to learn. With some students we give additional support with the Bridges program and our after school Winners Club. A strong English as a New Language (ENL) department helps our new English learners.
In first grade, we have one Sheltered English classroom. Spanish-speaking students who are learning English as a new language are enrolled in this classroom. Most of the instruction is done in English, but if a child is not understanding in English the teacher will help the child understand in Spanish.
Chamberlain students have several options for academic assistance.
- Bridges Program
- Cognitive Skills Coach
- Winners Club – The Brain Train
This after school program helps students sort important information, be better at planning and help organize their brains so learning becomes easier.
- Winners Club – Computer Club
The computer club meets two days a week after school and helps students accomplish learning in areas that need reinforcement. The club uses computer software to help students with concepts and motivation.
- Winners Club – Homework Club
This is an after school program held in conjunction with The Boys and Girls Club of Goshen. Certified teachers work with students to help with homework or to support learning of new concepts. Students may attend on their own or may be required to go to increase the learning curve.