Our curriculum is based on the National Common Core Standards. Our program incorporates parent participation, multi-age classrooms, strong academics, emphasis on arts and creativity, development of social and emtional intelligence, conflict resolution and diversity awareness in a small and supportive learning community designed to optimize each child's intellectual, social, emtional and physical growth.
Following is a series of videos where TPCS Director, Linda Lambdin, discusses the curriculum at TPCS
Tierra Pacifica Charter School
Currently Verena Elias is teaching music using the Orff method, where students learn music through play, dance and song. The children are able to work with many instruments including drums, marimbas, recorders, and ukuleles.
Starting in the 2005-06 school year, Stephen Snyder of the group ZunZun has been instructing some or our classes on the "zampoñas", South American panpipes. Students learn how to play these instruments in a large group setting, as that is how they are traditionally played. Everyone's participation is a vital contribution: it is the group playing, not just soloists with back up. Whether a students plays loudly or softly, their contribution is a vital part of the whole.
Zampoñas are played by blowing across the tubes. Each tube is numbered, and students learn to play each song by reading the numbers and hearing the melodies. The number of educational tools a student must develop is too long to list but includes: social studies, history, language skills, foreign language study, composition, math skills, reading skills, aural retention, and learning to play together as a group. Because it takes a lot of air, it is also physically demanding.
Students choose an elective, which meets every Friday, for four sessions a year, and lasts for four weeks. Electives can range from cooking or needlepoint to drumming, soccer, or French. It is a time for the whole school to interact together, as all grades are intermixed for these classes.
Students working on Claymation.