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5619 Silver Creek Valley Road
San Jose, CA 95138
Phone Number: 408-839-5905
Email: FunLearning@mac.com

Curriculum

The classes are designed for small group instruction. This small group environment will allow for personal attention and an accelerated pace of learning. Classes at Silver Creek Academy feature guided instruction and individual support that will build a strong academic foundation that students will benefit from for a lifetime. Teachers do not simply hand out worksheets for students to complete independently like other programs. The curriculum is standards based and individualized to challenge every student at their specific level. Student's work will be assessed each week, to continually monitor the student's progress.

Public Speaking and Debate Classes
Public speaking is a vital skill that requires practice and guidance. Students in the public speaking and debate courses will learn strategies for communicating effectively, persuasively, and confidently. The students will practice projecting control and confidence while presenting, as well as enhance personal body language, eye contact, and gestures. The speeches will cover a variety of topics including persuasive presentations, informative speeches, narrative prompts, and various current event related debates. Speech writing and organization will be covered in class, as well. The students will receive an evaluation after every class meeting stating their strengths and areas where improvement is needed. This class is excellent for students who want to improve their overall communication and debate skills.
Reading Comprehension and Literary Analysis
In the Reading Comprehension and Literary Analysis course, students will partake in challenging reading lessons that will focus on comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, word analysis, fluency, literary analysis, and test-taking skills. The lessons and curriculum will be differentiated to challenge every student at their individual level. Students will be reading novels, short stories, poetry, and a variety of other forms of text to improve their comprehension and critical reading skills. The students will learn techniques for taking their reading to a depth, elaborating on their thoughts, and citing evidence from the text. Vocabulary development will also be included in this very popular course.
Writing and Grammar Classes
The students that attend the small-group writing classes will benefit greatly from the challenging and differentiated curriculum, and individual attention from an expert teacher. Grade level writing lessons will cover such topics as writing conventions and mechanics, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, ideas, and grammar. The teachers will show students step-by-step strategies for making their writing stand out. Writing topics will include narrative writing, argumentative prompts, expository essays, descriptive pieces, and much more. Vocabulary development is also included in our writing programs. In addition, teachers will work with each child one-to-one during each class session to meet their individual writing needs.
High School Placement Test® Prep Class
Silver Creek Academy is pleased to offer an established program dedicated to fully preparing students for the High School Placement Test®. Acceptance into a private high school is highly competitive. This tutorial program focuses entirely on equipping students with the tools they need in order to achieve exceptional scores on the HSPT®, and throughout their high school careers.
This extensive program is designed to:
● Improve student’s chances of acceptance into private high schools
● Strengthen test-taking skills
● Increase English comprehension skills
● Advance mathematic proficiency
● Improve vocabulary
● Take part in practice HSPT® exams
Logic And Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the foundation for effective problem solving and decision-making. In the critical thinking and logic program, the students will take part in a variety of problem solving and advanced thinking activities. The critical thinking and logic lessons will develop students' inferential and deductive reasoning skills for more effective reading, listening, problem solving, writing, and logical thinking. The activities also encourage collaboration, creative brainstorming, and flexible thinking. With the new Common Core standards, this course has benefited students who need extra help with looking at problems from various points of view, and expressing their solutions. It is our most popular course with the students, and it truly challenges them to think and problem solve at a higher level.
Leadership and Entrepreneur Thinking
Successful entrepreneurs, accomplished athletes, powerful business individuals, and highly effective people- What do they have in common? They must have strong leadership skills to achieve success. This course is designed to teach students leadership skills that will be important for their future success. The skills taught include problem solving, creative thinking, goal setting, interpersonal skills, situational leadership, and effective communication. The students will also learn from accomplished individuals through reading high-interest texts and studying the qualities of successful leaders.
Mathematic Reasoning and Problem Solving
In the Mathematic Reasoning and Problem Solving Class, students will learn strategies for solving challenging math word problems. This course will enable students to solve word problems logically and creatively, using a variety of strategies. Students will work cooperatively, as well as individually in order to take math concepts to a deeper level. Students will also have the opportunity to explain solutions to the class. The material is differentiated based on each student’s individual needs. This class is ideal for students who need extra support with word problems, or need an extra challenge in mathematical problem solving.
Test-Taking Skills With Common Core Standards
Standardized testing and reporting is one of the many valued tools for academic measurement in schools. This course will offer a variety of test-taking strategies to obtain correct answers on exams. The course will focus on elaborating on answers, explaining solutions, citing evidence, and solving problems in various ways. Sample questions are aligned to California content standards, and will address specific grade level material. This course will give students the tools to be better prepared for Common Core exams and to become stronger test takers in the classroom.
High School Writing and Literary Analysis
The High School Writing and Literary Analysis Course enhances students' comprehension, analysis, and writing skills.This course enables students to think more critically about literature in a variety of genres. Students also work together to discuss their thoughts and opinions regarding various texts. To bolster students’ writing skills, we teach valuable strategies that will improve their skills in all styles of writing. S.A.T vocabulary is also included to prepare the students for the exam, as well as improve their writing and reading comprehension abilities. Teachers will work one-to-one with students in every class to meet their individual academic needs, as well.
Kindergarten Reading and Writing
The focus of this course will be on topics including letter sounds, rhyming, sequencing, phonics, retelling stories, and other skills that will help the students strive in the classroom environment. We also teach students the basics for writing words, organizing sentences, and creating stories. The teachers will work on social and communication skills with other students and adults, as well.