We believe it is important to learn individually and in a group setting. This is evident in the details of our curriculum listed below. In addition to the everyday curriculum, students also have the opportunity to challenge themselves in the following academic competitions throughout the year:
- Brain Bowl Español
- Duke University Talent Identification Program
- Odyssey of the Mind
- Pinellas County Battle of the Books
- Pinellas County Science Fair Project
- Scripps National Spelling Bee
- St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Art Contest
- Tropicana Speech Contest
- Doodle 4 Google
READING & WRITING
- Handwriting Without Tears program for PreK and Kindergarten
- PreK students are sent home with three theme-related books each week
- A phonetic approach to reading in PreK - Grade 2
- Sight-reading and authentic literacy experiences
- PreK - Grade 2 students attend Library once a week. Students in grades 3 - 5 go as needed for project and assignment research and to check out books.
- In Grade 3, language arts becomes more departmentalized; grammar, reading, writing, spelling and vocabulary are taught independently
- Advanced academics (e.g. kindergarten introduces first grade material in the second half of the school year)
- SRA reading labs in Grades 1 - 4 to strengthen reading comprehension, word analysis, vocabulary and study skills
- Writing and research skills developed early (students taught to find available resources, complete "gathering grids" for facts and information, and write brief papers)
- Grade 4 students work as part of the Farragut News Crew in class. Students are the newscasters and producers of this show, writing the script, recording the show, and editing the film for the weekly Farragut Times News Show. This class improves writing and public speaking skills.
- Scholastic Reading Counts is a program that motivates students with suggested reading choices that match their interests and reading levels, and reinforces comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency skills
- Lexile-based independent reading program
- End-of-the-year awards like the SUNSHINE STATE YOUNG READERS AWARD and the FLORIDA READING ASSOCIATION AWARD entice students to read high interest, contemporary literature for personal enjoyment or read and vote on favorite books, nurturing lifelong readers
- Students learn local, state, and national history including national symbols of the United States as well as many national landmarks.
- Hands-on projects and field trips complement each lesson. Students visit Cracker Country village, St. Augustine, Florida, and "Florida Fun-N-Sun" to see historic planes up close and in action
- Integrated reading supports every lesson with three Leveled Readers to support one topic
- Citizenship is instilled through faculty, upperclassmen, and alumni models
- Curriculum content from the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Social Studies Series
- ENTERPRISE VILLAGE.Grade 5 students learn a basic understanding of economic concepts which culminates in a trip to Enterprise Village. Economic concepts include:
- Personal banking
- Applying for jobs
- Working in groups to satisfy customer expectations
- Harcourt Horizons Florida is used in fourth grade where students begin a comprehensive study of Florida history
- The STEM program develops the critical thinking skills used by scientists in pursuit of understanding and problem solving
- Our computer lab, student Pioneer Garden, and waterfront yacht basin and boathouse provide a multitude of opportunities for engaging lessons
- Field trips for experiential learning include:
- Local aquariums
- Marine lab stations at "MarineQuest" by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
- A 3-day excursion to the Florida Keys for "Sea Camp"
- A 2-day excursion to Kennedy Space Center
- Star-gazing at local planetariums
- "Zoo Day" at Busch Gardens
- Planting sea grass in our school's nurseries for the "Bay Grasses in Classes" project
- Caring for own Pioneer Garden
- Collecting specimen at our waterfront for our touch tanks
- Standardized-based content from the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Science Series
- We also offer a MAD SCIENCE after school program.
- Beginning in PreK, technology computer instruction such as technical and Internet research skills, proper cyber etiquette, word processing, photo editing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and presentation skills are all integrated into daily lessons across all disciplines
- Students collaborate independently using Google Docs and web-based tools which foster group and real-time working environments from any location at any time
- SMART Boards™ in every classroom engage students and enhance instruction
- Wireless mobile lab of Netbook computers for research, projects, and basic computer skill applications and instruction
- Engineering and technology concepts and skills are integrated with elementary science topics and use hands-on projects to put concepts into action.
- We us the nationally-recognized curriculum called Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) which connects literacy and social studies skills with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. Learn more.
- We also offer an ELEMENTARY ENGINEERING LEGOS after school club.
- Using the Everyday Math curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, students develop an understanding of mathematics from their own experiences
- Math manipulatives used by students in the early grades allow children to move from concrete to abstract thinking
- Sequenced instruction carefully builds upon and extends the knowledge and skills of the previous year, and patterns, problem-solving, and computation skills are reinforced across the curriculum
- Online practice sites like Sumdog.com and Splashmath (iPad) are used for homework while "Batter Up" math timed tests are used in class.
- We also offer a SUNSHINE MATH after school program.
- Most elementary school children are capable of quickly digesting multiple languages. As a school with students from more than 32 countries, Farragut is the perfect place to foster a cross-cultural understanding and love of language.
- Spanish classes are taught three times per week for students in PreK - Grade 5. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the fundamentals of applied grammar are taught along with conversational expression of feelings, ideas, and opinions in Spanish. Students also learn to present information and ideas in Spanish to an audience.
- Mandarin Chinese culture is introduced to our students
- The Qtalk Curriculum approach to language learning combines three modalities of learning: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Students acquire not only an extensive vocabulary, but develop speaking skills while learning grammatical concepts and sentence structure. Educational games complement and reinforce the material introduced.
- Students attend P.E. classes 3 times per week.
- All classes begin with stretching and flexibility warm ups to prepare the body correctly, avoid injury, and improve performance.
- Fitness activities, games, and sport skills allow students to improve and build upon their motor skills and patterns of movement during group and individual challenges.
- Organized games prepare students for formal team sports participation
- Fitness testing ensures all students keep pace with national fitness requirements. These tests challenge students in strength, stamina, speed, and flexibility.
- All students attend Visual Arts class once per week with a Visual Arts Specialist.
- Lessons enable students to explore various media (pastels, pencil, paint, marker, origami, clay, mixed media, and printmaking) and develop an understanding of art elements and principles (color, line, shape, value, texture).
- Through this program our students find new ways of communication and ultimately feel comfortable with their own forms of artistic self-expression.
MUSIC & THEATER
- The Music Program for PreK - Grade 4 exposes students to basic music theory, vocal studies, a variety of musical styles and genres, recorder, and percussion.
- Students learn performance etiquette, breathing, and stagecraft as their music studies merge with performance-based projects throughout the school year.
- Students in Grade 5 study a brass or woodwind instrument of their choice provided by the school (flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone/alto horn, or saxophone) as they develop music-reading skills and a practical understanding of music notation and theory.
- Students are introduced to sight-singing and music reading using a mixture of Kodaly methodology, tone chimes, World Music Drumming, and Musicplay curriculum. Rhythmic motor-muscular response and basic performance skills are developed.
- Students explore the relationship between music and the world beyond the school setting during field trips to performances and opportunities to perform with local musicians.
- Elementary School students participate in a Theater production each December.
A great student becomes a well-rounded citizen when he or she is taught to live a positive life. Therefore, we integrate the following programs into the daily school routine:
- All PreK - Grade 5 students learn a “Word of the Month” that is integrated throughout the curriculum and is a focus of behavior both inside the classroom and out. Words like integrity, self discipline, perseverance, leadership, courage, trustworthiness, caring and selflessness are discussed in groups and between students to pave the road for future success both at Admiral Farragut and in college.
- CITIZEN OF THE MONTH.Each month, teachers select one student from their class(es) who has demonstrated outstanding, positive character traits to be the Citizen of the Month.
- “Within our culture today, common courtesies, ethical and moral behavior, manners, and care for others is so deficient that a student equipped with these attributes will stand head and shoulders above their peers.” - Robert J. Fine, Jr., Headmaster of Admiral Farragut Academy
- SAFETY PATROL. Fifth grade students may join the Safety Patrol to direct and help students into and out of their vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. These students teach their peers about traffic safety and serve as role models for younger students.
NUTRITION & WELLNESS
- Fitness & Wellness are Core Values of Admiral Farragut Academy. As such, we place a strong focus on nutrition and health both inside the classroom and beyond.
- All Elementary School students begin and end their day with stretchesusing a "stretching stick" to prepare mind and body for learning.
- "We all know how important it is to start your day with a positive frame of mind and good physical energy. Stretching out tension and fatigue, getting the heart rate up a little, having fun, and then practicing relaxation and concentration exercises afterward is the perfect start to a day of learning." -- Pete Chapman, Farragut's Wellness Director
- This Ready to Learn Program has seen excellent results in terms of concentration and effort, and teaches a valuable lesson when it comes to preparing for the work day both mentally and physically. After the stretching stick warm-up, students learn postures and power thoughts.
- Additionally, as part of the tuition, students are offered an exceptional dining program managed by SAGE Dining Services. SAGE takes a healthy approach to preparing the food they serve. Every dish is free of trans fats and made from fresh ingredients.
- Our Spotlight Program teaches students about making healthy food choices. Our menus are color coded with red, yellow, and green dots. These colors demonstrate healthy food choices.
- STOP - think about eating a smaller portion
- SLOW - balance your meal with green choices
- GO - eat all you want!