At CPCS we believe in a well-rounded education, an opportunity for our students to develop their special talents. That’s why we offer our students an extensive enrichment component to their curriculum.
Artwork reflecting the rich visual arts program is displayed throughout the school – elaborate paper sculptures, student self-portraits, intricate font embroideries and more can be seen in an ever-changing student gallery throughout the halls.
Student artists are encouraged to explore and experiment with a wide variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, collage, clay, and printmaking. Famous artists, world cultures, science, social studies, math and language arts are often the influence for project themes.
The whole school looks forward to Creativity Day and Art Show, the culminating visual arts event at the end of the school year. Students are proud to share one of their best creations of the year while enjoying a day of free art activities such as tie-dye, mural painting, and monster building.
Singing voices, drum beats, and guitar strumming echo through the halls, reminding us of the engaging performance focused music curriculum here at CPCS.
Students learn to use their voices, instruments, and bodies to express and discover their relationship to music. Students are introduced to the instrument families and a wide variety of musical genres such as pop, classical, and jazz and rock, both new and old.
Their talents are celebrated in two of our beloved school wide events the Winter Sing and Spring Sing. Classes shine on stage while enjoying the proud faces of friends and families out in the audience of our jam-packed auditorium.
Sneakers are tied tight and ready for action on P.E. days, when students spend time improving fine and gross motor skills.
Students learn spatial awareness, cooperative games, sportsmanship, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. They will learn how to be a good member of the community with a partner and with a team and learn how to win and lose with heart.
All of their athleticism and sportsmanship has a time to shine at our end of the year event Spirit Day, when students and teachers intermingle with the other grades to form teams and enjoy a day of relay races, tug-o-war, and team cheers.
Learning at Community Partnership expands beyond the walls of the classroom. All grades explore the city through field labs to a variety of New York City institutions. Our list of field labs is endlessly growing.
Our students have visited Battery Urban Farm, Urban Glass, Museum of Modern Art, NY Philharmonic, Queens County Farm, Brooklyn Museum, and the NY Transit Museum, to name a few.
Our free Afterschool Program runs Monday through Thursday 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Kindergarten through 4th Grade. Each day of after school includes an enrichment activity, homework time, and free snack. Enrichment activities are taught by our specialist teachers, community partners, and classroom teachers.
We are committed to ensuring that the academic, emotional, and social needs of all scholars are met at Community Partnership Lower School. We currently offer a variety of intervention and Special Education services. Our intervention program follows the multi-tiered approach associated with Response-to- Intervention (RtI). Our school relies on a scholar study team and an inquiry-based model including an analysis of assessments, attendance records, behavior, performance tests, progress reports, and report cards to determine how we can provide optimal instruction to scholars. Within the classroom, we rely on small group instruction that is delivered by the two classroom teachers assigned to the scholars. Outside of the classroom, scholars receive small group instruction enabling them to focus on a variety of intervention strategies for literacy and math. Additionally, teachers receive weekly intervention tips from the Special Education Coordinator appearing in the staff newsletter.
At Community Partnership Charter Lower School we also have a range of Special Education services for scholars. Scholars receive counseling, Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy. Counseling is delivered both individually and within a group. Depending on their needs, scholars may receive counseling from our guidance counselor as well as outside counseling services. SETSS is offered for both Literacy and Math instruction. Scholars work on activities that are an extension of their classroom curricular content. Instruction is goal-oriented and intended to meet scholars’ diverse needs. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy are provided on both an individual and group basis for scholars within our Intervention Suite.
Teachers have been trained in identifying the components of an IEP and using its contents to modify instruction for scholars. Upcoming trainings will review further information about testing accommodations for local and state assessments. Teacher surveys have helped us to identify other workshop topics such as differentiating lessons for scholars with special needs and locating resources for classroom interventions. Over the course of the academic year, teachers will receive more training about a host of other special education related topics. Our aim is to ensure that we are all equipped with the necessary skills to assist our scholars in excelling academically and achieving maximum personal growth.