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The emphasis in science and social studies is on hands-on, discovery learning. Teachers make use of a variety of resources - the Internet, books, educational videos, guest speakers and field trips - for teaching these important subjects. Problem solving and higher level thinking skills are a focus for development.
Students at the elementary level are taught to appreciate that all subjects are connected to each other. To effectively integrate subjects, teaching units are planned around specific themes. All subjects - language arts, science, math and social studies - are tied to the unit theme. The development of a thematic unit allows students to explore a subject in greater depth, making connections across all subject areas.
K-8 Curriculum and Instruction
Science an Social Studies
Language Arts Curriculum
PHS has an intensive program in the language arts. The writing program encourages creativity, clear communication, and helps students become comfortable with the steps of the writing process. Real literature and novels are the basis of the reading program instead of basal readers. Spelling and vocabulary words come out of the thematic units being studied.
The Saxon math curriculum is the one used at all levels, from kindergarten through high school. this math curriculum includes a variety of learning strategies - including the use of math manipulatives, math projects and some rote memorization and drills in basic math facts - to ensure that students are successful in mathematics.
Art, Music, Physical Education and Health
All subjects are an important part of the teaching program at PHS. Art, music, P.E. and health are integrated into the curriculum, helping to "round out" the student's educational experience.