Curriculum & Instruction

Kuumba Academy Charter School (KACS) is a dynamic learning environment where teachers, families, students, and community partners work together. Our central focus is our children’s achievement, and we encourage excellence through an intense concentration on reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.

KACS learning provides:

  • An innovative combination of arts and academics, with an arts-integrated curriculum that follows the Common Core State Standards
  • High-quality, research-based instruction from teachers who participate in intensive professional development and use best practices to yield results
  • Extensive staff training in research on how children learn, using data to modify instruction to improve student outcomes, and the key elements of effective instruction

Learn what else a KACS education means for your child(ren) below.

More Time & Support

KACS offers small class sizes to give each student the support and individualized attention they need. With a longer school day and full-day kindergarten, we also provide more time for instruction.

In addition to in-classroom coaching and workshops before and after school, our teachers work 199 days each year, an increase that allows for extensive professional development.

Continuous Assessment to Meet Individual Needs

The heart of high performance and continuous improvement is the regular and persistent review of data and results. KACS’ frequent assessments identify where intervention, support, and enrichment must guide instruction.

We assess in grades K–8 through:

  • The DIBELS Reading Assessment (at least three times per year)
  • NWEA MAP’s assessment (at least three times per year for everyone and more frequently for students who are not at grade level)
  • DCAS (in grades 2–5)
  • Ongoing curriculum assessments in reading, math, science, and social studies

Most importantly, a team of administrators, specialists, teachers, and parents make decisions throughout the school year based on this assessment data. We also use flexible grouping to ensure children are receiving appropriate levels of instruction.

A Strong Literacy Block

Through our balanced approach to ELA instruction, students build knowledge of concepts through reading various genres of texts. We incorporate “practice stations” and guided reading into our daily teaching to ensure all students receive individualized instruction.

Our literacy time includes:

  • Read-alouds
  • Shared reading
  • Guided and independent reading
  • Literature circles

KACS students, staff, and faculty foster a love of reading by participating in school-wide DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). Poetry is also integrated into our ELA program every day to promote fluency, arts integration, and student confidence in reading. Families get involved in our poetry initiative by being rapt audiences for students’ poetry read-alouds at home.

A Rigorous Math Program

KACS uses the Singapore Math program in grades K–5. This rigorous curriculum emphasizes number sense, critical thinking, problem-solving, mental math strategies, and procedural and conceptual knowledge.   

An Emphasis on The Arts

In partnership with the Christina Cultural Arts Center, KACS students study a variety of art forms including world languages, visual arts, and theater.

Fun fact: KACS is the only school that offers an elementary dance curriculum.

Extensive Use of Technology

KACS educates every child about using current and emerging technologies and tools necessary for living, learning, and working in the 21st-Century, and we integrate technology into classrooms for instruction, data collection, and analysis. At KACS, every child has the chance to use technology tools while also being taught how to identify what is inaccurate or inappropriate and always to use technology and the Internet in ethical ways.

In grades K–2 we have one computer for every four students and one laptop for every two students in grades 3–8. This year, our fifth-grade students will have access to iPads through a grant with the University of Delaware.   


1200 North French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
P: 302.660.4750



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