Academic Overview

Westport Academy offers a full day program for all students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. Each school day includes the following minutes of instruction per grade level:

  • Pre-Kindergarten: 80 min Synchronous Learning (Inclusive of 10 min SEL Check-In and 10 min Optimistic Closure); 120 min Asynchronous Learning (Hands on Learning; Purposeful Play; Optimistic Closure).
  • Kindergarten: 160 min Synchronous Learning (Inclusive of 10 min SEL Check-In and 10 min Optimistic Closure); 75 min Asynchronous
  • Grades 1-5: 230 min Synchronous Learning (Inclusive of 10 min SEL Check-In and 10 min Optimistic Closure).
  • Grades 6-8: 315 min Synchronous Learning (Inclusive of 15 SEL Check-In).

During virtual teaching learning, students will be participating in both synchronous (active participation an engagement in online learning sessions) and asynchronous  (independent practice at home with the support of teacher recordings, videos, and extended readings) learning.  As mentioned above, the amount of time required for each is dependent on the grade level of the student.

In grades Pre-K through 2, reading/language arts and math are offered every day. Science, health, and social studies are offered once to twice a week. In grades 3-8, reading/language arts (ELA), math, social studies and science are offered every day.

Additionally, we are proud to offer City Wide Programming for students with autism in grades 1-8 and two full day programs for 4 year olds:  Let’s Grow and Early Learners with Autism (ELE-A).

Every grade uses the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards and framework implemented by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). These standards incorporate the Common Core State Standards. Maryland was one of the first states to adopt the standards in reading/English language arts and mathematics.  The Common Core State Standards initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. These rigorous education standards establish a set of shared goals and expectations for what students should understand and be able to do in grades K-12 in order to be prepared for success in college and the workplace. The standards are research and evidence based and internationally benchmarked. More information about the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards and the Common Core Standards can be accessed by visiting the MSDE website, www.mdk12.state.md.us.

First Day of School Monday, August 30th

NEW! School Hours for the 2021-2022 School year: 8:15AM – 2:55PM

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