Yorkshire Academy’s West Houston Upper Elementary program is unique in its focus on the core academic courses: math, language arts, social studies and science combined with extraordinary enrichment classes: music, art, Spanish, computer, and physical education to make for the complete education package.

Mission

Our mission is to cultivate qualities of character, citizenship, and academic curiosity in a safe, secure, and loving environment, providing personal and engaging educational opportunities in academics and the visual and performing arts. For upper elementary students, we also ensure that students graduate from fifth grade prepared for very successful social and academic middle school experiences.

Your Child’s Age

  • Grades 3 to 5

About Us

  • Safe, secure, challenging
  • 1:16 teacher/student ratio
  • Accelerated curriculum
  • Promethean Interactive Boards
  • Saxon Math curriculum
  • Reading Street Common Core
  • Pearson Language Program w/emphasis on Phonics, Reading, Comprehension, Listening, Writing, and Grammar
  • AIMS Science Labs
  • Harcourt Social Studies curriculum
  • Nystrom Atlas/Geography curriculum
  • McDougal Littell. New Espanol!
  • Marvelous Music which includes such things as: tone chimes, recorders, voice, and full scale productions
  • Art adventures including Houston Livestock Show Art Competition and Art History
  • P.E./Health and sports—including basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball, and Presidential Fitness
  • Library-Accelerated Reader, Research
  • Learning Tech, keyboarding, Grolier.com and various other programs
  • Academic Competitions
  • ACE G/T Program for 3rd–5th graders
  • Literature Circles
  • SEEDS
  • British Curriculum Equivalent

Curriculum

Language

The Language Arts program pulls from a vast array of sources to ensure every child’s success in handwriting, spelling, grammar, reading and comprehension, as well as writing, listening, and speaking. These sources include:

  • Handwriting—Handwriting Program for Cursive
  • Spelling—Everyday Spelling Workbook
  • Grammar—Shurley Grammar Method & Kim Marshall Grammar
  • Reading—Pearson Reading Street Curriculum, literature enrichment using various novels
  • Comprehension—Harcourt Reading Series
  • Writing—Includes: Story Starters, Reading Writing, creative writing, various forms of paragraph writing, Scholastic Guides: “Putting it in Writing,” journal writing, letter writing, writing and research projects, and book reports

Math

The upper elementary math program is a blended math curriculum that draws from a variety of resources (Saxon Math, Singapore Math, Eureeka Math, ST Math etc.) creating a curriculum that is tailored to meeting the needs of all Yorkshire students. We focus on the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Our program emphasizes conceptual understanding: the “why” not just the “how.” As it is not enough for students to just get a correct answer, multiple solution methods are encouraged and evaluated as to their advantages and disadvantages. Students need to be able to explain their thinking and understand and explain the thinking of their peers.*

Our program meets students at their current stage of development and is committed to deepening their understanding, fostering curiosity, and ensuring their growth as mathematicians.

Science

Our objective in Science is to ensure that all students acquire knowledge in the areas of Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Environmental Topics. Our main curriculum is based on AIMS—Activities Integrating Math & Science.

Social Studies

Social Studies classes use Harcourt textbook and activity books that cover various topics, including United States History, communities, and landforms. Current Events activities are an important part of our Social Studies curriculum. Our 4th graders explore our states’ history using “The Story of Texas” textbook. Annual Social Studies Fair highlights students’ gifts, talents, and interests.

Enrichment

Yorkshire Academy strongly believes in the benefits of enrichment classes, including music, art, Spanish, computer, P.E. and library. Our goal is to educate the whole child and exercise both sides of the brain. Brain Gym is a great tool for that. All elementary students attend each of these classes twice per week, with the exception of P.E. which they attend four times per week.

* Source: Summaries of these findings and studies are reported in a document titled Scientific Research Base for Saxon Math K-12.

School Hours

  • Arrival 7:45–8:00 a.m. with class beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • Students are dismissed between 2:45–3:00 p.m. Before and after care is available.

Highlights of The Year

  • Field trips
  • Annual Spring musical starring roles
  • Nutcracker
  • PSIA Academic Competition
  • ACE Program
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Literature Circles
  • SEEDS
  • Talent Show
  • Field Day
  • Fifth Grade Graduation