We are passionate about education, and our top-notch academic programs reflect that. Our curriculum emphasizes an in-depth understanding of science, mathematics, social studies,and language arts. Our students receive the support they need to succeed academically, and they have many options for courses that meet their needs. Check out the information below to learn more about our outstanding curriculum.
Scientifically literate students are learners as well as users of knowledge. With scientific literacy comes the ability to ask questions about the world that can be answered by using scientific knowledge and techniques. Scientifically literate students can also develop solutions to problems that they encounter or questions they ask. In developing solutions, scientifically literate students may use their own knowledge and reasoning abilities, seek out additional knowledge from other sources, and conduct empirical investigations of the real world. They can learn by interpreting text, graphs, tables, pictures, or other representations of scientific knowledge. Finally, scientifically literate students can remember key points and use sources of information to reconstruct previously learned knowledge rather than try to remember every detail of what they study.
The English Language Arts are the vehicles of communication: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.
English Language Arts encompass both process and content. Process includes skills and strategies used in communication. Content includes ideas, themes, issues, problems, and conflicts found in classical and contemporary literature and other texts, such as technical manuals, periodicals, speeches, and videos.
Proficiency in these skills prepare us for real world experiences.
A literate individual:
- Communicates skillfully and effectively
- Thinks analytically and creatively
- Uses the English Language Arts to identify and solve problems
- Uses the English Language Arts to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences within the human experience
- Understands and appreciates the aesthetic elements of oral, visual, and written texts
- Connects knowledge from all curriculum areas to enhance understanding of the world
Plymouth Educational Center’s mathematics curriculum reflects the vision of the Michigan Department of Education.
Vision: Mathematics is the science of patterns and relationships. It is the language and logic of our technological world. Mathematical power is the ability to explore, to conjecture, to reason logically, and to use a variety of mathematical methods effectively to solve problems.
The ultimate goal of mathematics education is for all students to develop mathematical power to participate fully as a citizen and worker in our contemporary world. A mathematically powerful individual should be able to:
- Reason mathematically
- Communicate mathematically
- Problem-solve using mathematics
- Make connections within mathematics and between mathematics and other fields
The Mathematics Framework content has been categorized into the following six strands:
- Patterns, Relationships, and Functions. Students recognize similarities among objects and events, generalize patterns and relationships, and use them to describe the physical world, to explain variation, and to make predictions and solve problems.
- Geometry and Measurement. Students use analytical and spatial concepts of shape, size, position, measurement, and dimension to understand and interpret the three-dimensional world in which we live.
- Data Analysis and Statistics. Students organize, interpret, and transform data into useful knowledge to make predictions and decisions based on data.
- Number Sense and Numeration. Students quantify and measure objects, estimate mathematical quantities, and represent and communicate ideas in the language of mathematics.
- Numerical and Algebraic Operations and Analytical Thinking. Students represent quantitative situations with numerical and algebraic symbolism and use analytic thinking to solve problems in significant contexts and applications.
- Probability and Discrete Mathematics. Students deal with uncertainty, make informed decisions based on evidence and expectations, exercise critical judgment about conclusions drawn from data, and apply mathematical models to real-world phenomena. Our program includes 15 mathematics standards.
Scientifically literate students can also “step back” and analyze or reflect on their own knowledge. One important type of analysis is the justification of personal knowledge or beliefs using either theoretically or empirically based arguments. Scientifically literate students can also show an appreciation for scientific knowledge and the patterns that it reveals in the world; this often involves seeing connections among different areas of knowledge. They may be able to take a cultural perspective on concepts and theories or to discuss institutional relationships among science, technology, and society. Finally, scientifically literate students can describe the limitations of their own knowledge.
The Michigan Curriculum Framework states that science is a way of making sense of the natural world. Scientists seek to describe its complexity, to explain its systems and events and to find patterns that allow for predictions. Science is the basis for the design of technologies that solve real-world problems.
Plymouth Educational Center strives to prepare students for the future. We provide our students the opportunity to be scientifically literate.
Our Scope and Sequence of Science is aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Framework and contains age-appropriate content. Our students will be:
- Knowledgeable about the important concepts and theories of the three major branches of scientific study: earth, life, and physical sciences
- Able to think scientifically and use scientific knowledge to make decisions about real-world problems
- Able to construct new knowledge for themselves through research, reading, and discussion
- Familiar with the natural world and respectful of its unity, diversity, and fragility
- Able to make informed judgments on statements and debates claiming to have a scientific basis
- Able to reflect in an informed way on the role of science in human affairs.
Content Standards for Plymouth Educational Center students:
As stated in the Michigan Curriculum Framework, “The purpose of social studies is to develop social understanding and civic efficacy (the readiness and willingness to assume citizenship responsibilities and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a democratic society).”
The Plymouth Educational Center social studies curriculum builds four capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge, thinking skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation.
This is accomplished through building student knowledge and skills. We have incorporated Core Democratic Values at each grade level so that students will understand the basic democratic values of:
- The Pursuit of the Common Good
- Popular Sovereignty
- Rule of Law
Students can use their knowledge to understand the world around them and to guide their actions. Important types of activities that use scientific knowledge include description and explanation of real-world objects, systems, or events; prediction of future events or observations; and the design of systems or courses of action that enable people to adapt to and modify the world around them. In the life sciences, real-world comes into play with the study of cells, organisms, and ecosystems. This includes cells, organization of living things, heredity, evolution, and ecosystems.
Using Scientific Knowledge in Physical Science
In the physical sciences, the specification of real-world contexts often focuses on phenomena such as motion, electromagnetic interactions, or physical, chemical, and nuclear changes. Our curriculum in content includes matter and energy, changes in matter, motion of objects, and waves and vibrations.
Using Scientific Knowledge in Earth Science
In the earth sciences, real-world contexts are often described in terms of systems and subsystems, such as atmospheric systems, crystal systems, solar systems, or galaxies, which are useful in explaining phenomena, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, thunderstorms, and eclipses. Our curriculum includes geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and weather, solar system, galaxy and the universe.