The Paragon Curriculum- Propels Student Achievement
The Paragon Curriculum is a pillar to our student’s education at Mosaica. The word paragon means “a model of excellence,” and that is exactly what we strive for with our college liberal arts education that begins in Kindergarten and continues to build depth in successive layers through the grade levels.
Paragon teaches to the whole mind with its integrated social studies, history, and humanities, hands-on program. The design of Paragon prompts students to explore big or essential questions that invite them to dig deeper, think and rethink, and move beyond mere recall and into true understanding. They will encounter rich content and develop indispensable skills that they will build on over a life time. As they move through each of the eight units per school year, they will naturally make connections between units, across disciplines, and even to the concepts and ideas taught in other grade levels. This happens because students in every grade level spiral through the same historical time period during the school year. Additionally, at the end of each unit, the whole school comes together as students share their learning with each other and with you during Paragon Night performances!
Paragon propels student achievement in Mosaica Education schools; therefore, a cumulative understanding is best accomplished when your student continues with us throughout his or her elementary and middle school years. At every grade level, the fundamental skills of reading, writing, listening, communicating, and presenting are integral and ongoing. Paragon keeps building on prior knowledge so that your student will gain ground and accelerate achievement with each passing year, a trend that defies the odds in traditional public education.
In Middle School, students will delve into Paragon Humanities, which is organized into four quarter units, rather than the eight units found in the elementary grades. This provides the opportunity for students to explore concepts and ideas in greater depth through research, primary source documents, literature, and hands-on learning. Like the elementary grades, the units are structured around essential questions in world history, civics, geography, economics, and social studies. Middle School students will also begin their studies of Paragon© World Literature. Each quarter, they will read a novel, biography, myth, collection of folk tales, or another genre that corresponds to the content in Paragon Humanities. The interdisciplinary connections make the learning engaging, meaningful, and memorable for students.