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Grades: PreK-4 - 8

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At Jumoke Academy, we are dedicated to providing an enriching and dynamic curriculum that prepares our scholars for success in the 21st century. Our approach to education is rooted in the belief that all students can achieve at high levels when given the support, encouragement, and resources they need. Through a blend of innovative teaching methods, thematic learning experiences, and a focus on both academic excellence and personal growth, we aim to foster a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. Join us as we explore the diverse educational pathways and instructional strategies that make Jumoke Academy a beacon of educational excellence in our community. Jumoke Academy has district-created curriculum, pacing and implementation guides that were developed in alignment with Common Core and the Next Generation State Standards.

The resources we used for each core subject areas are as follows:

English Language Arts


Social Studies


In addition, to our core and theme based courses, all scholars participate in Social Emotional Learning. To meet our scholars’ individual Social Emotional needs, we used the Second Step program and DESSA for screening.

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Curriculum Resource:

Teaching Strategies Gold

Our Pre – K Program is a NYAEC Accredited Program

Progression of Development and Learning

The Creative Curriculum is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum used by all Jumoke Pre-K teachers. The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system aligns with the Creative Curriculum and supports assessments within our Pre-K program. Teaching Strategies GOLD is an observation-based assessment system that outlines its objectives in a way that supports the progression of development and learning. The objective areas include social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development. The content areas of literacy, mathematics, and English-language acquisition are also outlined in the assessment objectives. Scholars’ knowledge, skills, and behaviors are rated on a 10-point scale, which ranges from “Not Yet” to level 9. The progression uses indicators and examples to assist the assessor through the use of a colored band system which represents the expectations ranging from age birth–1 year, 1–2 years, and 2–3 years and for various classes/grades preschool 3, pre-k 4, and kindergarten. 

The color bands provide a clear vision for all stakeholders (teachers, academic assistants, and families) by indicating which behaviors and skills are typical for scholars at a specific grade/age.  Using the color bands, teachers can manage each scholar’s development. With this information, teachers and families clearly understand where scholars should be at certain points, as outlined by age.  

Scholar/Teacher Ratio

Each of our Pre-K classrooms is staffed with one lead teacher and two academic assistants. The only exception to this ratio is during one-half or one-hour rest or after 2:30 p.m. to dismissal when only two teachers are required.  Classes are usually limited to 20 scholars, thus providing a 1:7 average ratio.

Classroom Setting

The learning centers in our Pre-K classrooms are designed to promote developmental skills in

  • Language and Literacy
  • Math Development
  • Science Development
  • Social Studies Development
  • Creative Development
  • Physical and Health Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Approaches to Play and Learning


Scholars have the option of interacting with their peers as teachers move about the classroom to facilitate learning. Each classroom is arranged to accommodate individual, small and large group instruction. The Pre-K schedule includes small and whole group instruction, free play, outdoor recess (weather permitting), gym, music, art, and rest time. A copy of the daily schedule is posted in each classroom.

How does Jumoke Academy assess student progress?

we use scales, rubrics and checklists to assess scholar progress in individual classes. Scholars take formative assessments such as exit tickets and quizzes as well as summative assessments such as benchmark assessments and unit assessments. Scholars also take i-Ready, NWEA, Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs)/Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) throughout the year as common core aligned indicators of progress toward common core and NGSS standards mastery. In the spring, scholars take the state achievement tests, Smarter Balanced Assessment in Math and ELA. In addition, scholars in grades 5 & 8 take the Next Generation State Standards (NGSS) assessment.

Jumoke also uses SRBI and tiered intervention and progress monitoring for academics and behavior to ensure that we are providing scholars with interventions based on their individual needs.