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Union School is currently aligning its K-12 English language-arts and math curriculum to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Currently, 45 states, 4 US territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Overseas Schools have adopted the CCSS.

A series of professional development trainings about the Common Core will be conducted on several Wednesdays throughout the remainder of the school year. Furthermore, March 26th and April 2nd will be full workdays to allow teachers time to collaborate on instructional practices and create CCSS curriculum maps in order to be ready to completely kick-off the 2014-15 school year with Common Core English language-arts and math standards.

The CCSS provide a clear, consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn at each grade level, and are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. By providing a focused, rigorous, internationally benchmarked curriculum the CCSS position our students to be college and career ready, and able to compete even more successfully in the global economy.

There are several benefits of adopting the CCSS here at Union School:

  1. The standards are the same wherever you go: Common standards mean that students at Union School in Haiti are learning from the same set of coherent, rigorous and focused standards as students in 45 US states.
  2. International success: The CCSS are aligned to international standards from the highest academically achieving countries. This means our students will be well prepared to compete both nationally and internationally.
  3. Increased access to learning resource: Common standards mean that learning and teaching resources can be shared across states on the internet.  Additionally, the vast majority of textbooks and other curriculum material will be aligned to the Common Core.
  4. College and career readiness: All students graduating high school and being college and career-ready is the goal of the CCSS. These standards are designed to prepare students for success in whatever they choose to do after graduation.
  5. Relevance to the real world: What students learn in school should be directly related to what they’ll be required to do once they leave. The Common Core places a strong emphasis on reading informational and technical texts to prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace.

21st century skills for 21st century jobs. These standards will prepare our students for career success in the rapidly changing world of work.

More information about the Common Core can be found at:

Please check the Curriculum section of our homepage in the future for further updates about curriculum and instruction at Union School.