At Granada we believe in a holistic approach to education, with the goal of educating the whole child. There are three components of education in Granada.
The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.
The Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grades. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems.
These standards define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of mathematics. But asking a student to understand something also means asking a teacher to assess whether the student has understood it. But what does mathematical understanding look like? One way for teachers to do that is to ask the student to justify, in a way that is appropriate to the student’s mathematical maturity, why a particular mathematical statement is true or where a mathematical rule comes from. Mathematical understanding and procedural skill are equally important, and both are assessable using mathematical tasks of sufficient richness.
The Houghton Mifflin series is used to guide student learning in Social Studies.
The CA State Standards is followed at Granada.
In the lower grades, Quran memorization is emphasized. In the upper grades, there is also emphasis on Tafseer and Tajweed.
The objective of the Arabic program at GIS is to teach Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). GIS Arabic program is a FLES program (Foreign Language for Elementary Schools), where students have four periods/week to study Arabic as either foreign or heritage language; this is a total of around 1100 hours of instruction throughout the students’ K-8 education at Granada. FLES programs are different from full or dual immersion programs where students have much more time to study the language; hence the expectations for FLES programs are lower than those for the immersion programs.
Granada students are divided, starting from 3rd grade, into 3 levels: Heritage (second Language), Non-heritage (foreign language) and Novice (preparatory accelerated program, optional).
Islamic Studies course covers three areas of study: Beliefs and Worship, Islamic History and Manners and Morals.