Early Elementary (K-2) - Mastery Charter School

Early Elementary at Mastery

Early education is the most important time in a child’s life. At Mastery, the Early Elementary (grades K-2) experience nurtures the development of social and emotional, physical, cognitive, and language needs. Each child deserves to feel valued and included in the learning community. Therefore, we work tirelessly to cultivate strong relationships, which is at the heart of the work we do.



K-2 Teachers Across 14 Elementary Schools


Literacy Support Teachers

Our Approach to Early Elementary

  • Morning Meeting daily
  • Second Step
  • Cooperative Play in Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Students develop physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills while learning and playing with their classmates. These skills are critical in ensuring students build self-awareness and empathy for others. Cooperative play is an important part of the day where students have fun and develop strategies for conflict resolution, cooperation, sharing, and turn-taking.

135 minutes daily of literacy instruction:

  • Wheatley Reading and Writing
  • Small group individualized reading instruction through Literacy Centers
  • Fundations – a multi-sensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program.

Students participate in daily Common Core-aligned reading and writing lessons through our KIPP Wheatley curriculum. In Reading Centers, students receive individualized and small-group reading instruction through Fundations, read Geodes text to build context knowledge and solidify their foundational reading skills, engage with Heggerty curriculum to build their phonemic awareness and engage in independent learning through practice on our Reading Lexia online learning platform.

90 minutes of daily math instruction:

  • Eureka
  • Responsive Math

The structure ensures fidelity to Eureka Math: A Story of Units, while providing routine time for responsive instruction to meet all students’ needs. Students learn grade-level content, by engaging in aligned fluency routines, high-quality tasks, problem sets, class discussions, and mathematical models to explore mathematical concepts and skills. Ongoing facilitated discussions offer students the opportunity to learn from their peers’ thinking. Students solidify their learning through extended application, practice of the mathematics and the lesson debrief. Students explore mathematical concepts through the use of manipulatives and word problems. Students share their thinking about how to solve problems and learn from other students in the process.

Learn more about our K-12 Math program here.

Students experience a semester each of science and social studies during grades K – 2 to ensure they receive a well-rounded academic program. For science, students engage in the Amplify science curriculum. Amplify is a phenomena-driven science curriculum – Every day, students are engaged in activities that help them figure out a compelling real world problem that embodies the theme in each unit. For social studies, the students engage in the TCI curriculum that includes hands-on activities and inquiry-based lessons aligned with state standards to develop critical thinking skills.

Students participate in at least 40 minutes of enrichment daily:

  • Spanish, PE, music, art, etc.

Students have the opportunity to learn about music and art. They also play instruments and create artwork that reflects them. Students may also learn to speak and write a foreign language. In P.E. students play and exercise together indoors or outdoors.


Hours of Early Elementary PD Annually

Academic Program

Engaging and rigorous. Developing independence and critical thinking skills.

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Student Life

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