Elementary School Curriculum Overview

Elementary School Grade Level Guides

The Elementary School Grade Level Guides is an open resource that allows an in-depth look at the aligned standards-based curriculum that honors the student as the center for instructional and programmatic decision-making.


The ACS Elementary School plays an important role in developing students who model the qualities described in the ACS Vision, Mission, Profile of Learners, and Core Values.

The Elementary curricular programs are purposefully spiraled and vertically aligned to provide students with a clear progression of knowledge, skills, and concepts. Subjects are aligned to nationally recognized standards and benchmarks and feature programs that are research-based and proven to be effective in meeting our students’ needs. Technology and library skills are integrated into grade-specific curricular topics. Students also participate in regular classes provided by the elementary school counselors that focus on social-emotional development.

All students in grades KG1 to Grade 5 take daily Arabic language classes, grouped according to their proficiency level. 

The Elementary science curriculum aims to promote an interest in scientific topics and hands-on scientific exploration related to thematic study. Students are engaged in activities that develop skills and interest in the areas of life, physical and earth sciences. Social studies themes allow students to view themselves and their place in the world through an ever-broadening approach. Beginning with a KG1 study of “myself” and building toward a culminating grade 5 focus on world migration, students consider who they are, how they share the planet, and how the world is organized.

Art, Music, Drama and Dance, and Physical Education classes allow for opportunities to build essential skills, conceptual understanding, and increased interest in areas that promote ACS’s mission for excellence. Student performance in these areas is showcased through participation in art exhibits, musical concerts, plays, and sports-related activities.