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Grade 1

First grade is an important time in your child’s life. Your child is learning more about reading and understanding how numbers work. This guide provides an overview of the academic standards and social emotional milestones that your child will experience this year. Academic standards are important because they help ensure that all scholars are prepared for success. This guide is meant to support you in understanding what your child is learning and provide ways you can speak with your child’s teacher about their progress and growth over the year.

A Guide to Your Scholar's Success

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL - First Grade Milestones

  • Thrive on encouragement; may be all they need to get through a difficult situation
  • Ready to try taking on individual and group responsibility
  • Competitive; do better when adults take the competitive edge out of learning
  • Enthusiastic; anxious to do well
  • Can be “poor sports” or dishonest; invent rules to enable themselves to win; like to be first
  • Large capacity for enjoyment; like surprises and treats
  • Can be bossy, teasing, or critical of others
  • Easily upset when hurt; can be sensitive to criticism from others
  • Care a great deal about friends; may have a best friend


Q: Who do I contact if I have a concern about my child?
A: First, always contact your scholar’s teacher/s and discuss your concern. If your concern has not been fully addressed, you can contact the school's family liaison or principal.
Q: How can I volunteer in the classroom or go on field trips?
A: All family members who want to volunteer at the school must complete a background check. These can be completed at the school and are valid for two years.


All scholars learn best when they experience physical and emotional safety in classrooms and schools. Scholars and families should expect to see the following adult actions:

  • Provide a welcoming environment to support building trusting, encouraging relationships with all families.
  • Prioritize scholar voice and participation in shaping the learning and classroom culture.
  • Teach for understanding to assure scholars have high expectations and academic supports to grow intellectually.
  • Focus on scholar cooperation to encourage scholars to learn from and help others.
  • Implement school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports so that all scholars and adults live out their shared beliefs and actions that make school a safe and fun place to learn.
  • Teach social and emotional learning skills and strategies during morning meetings and reinforce SEL skills throughout the school day

Getting Ready for College & Career

The ABC's for College & Career Readiness


Scholars who maintain good attendance through all years of school:

  • Achieve grade level standard at a higher rate
  • Graduate from high school at a higher rate
  • Develop good habits that contribute to success in school and in future careers
  • For each day a scholar is absent it takes an average of three days to catch up.

Behavior & Social Emotional Learning

The purpose behind Culturally-Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (CR-PBIS) is to make schools more effective, efficient, and equitable learning environments for all scholars. By teaching scholars expectations and acknowledging positive behavior, adults increase the predictability, consistency, positive climate, and safety of all at school. Social emotional learning lessons are taught and embedded throughout the school year. To learn more about CR-PBIS and social emotional learning at your school, contact your scholar's teacher or principal.

Course Performance

  • Grades K2: Learning how to read
  • Grade 3: Reading on grade level
  • Grade 6–7: Passing ELA and math courses
  • Grades 8–9: Passing Algebra 1
  • Grade 9: Passing grade 9 courses earning 6 credits
  • Grades 10–12: Passing an advanced course (AP, IB, CAMBRIDGE)

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