Core Knowledge

Curriculum focuses on strong foundation

The Core Knowledge sequence is based on the idea that knowledge builds on knowledge. For the sake of academic excellence and higher literacy, Core Knowledge provides a core curriculum that is coherent, cumulative, and content-specific in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge, grade by grade.


PSD Core Knowledge Schools

Bethke Elementary School

Bethke Elementary is a Core Knowledge school, focused on higher level thinking skills, and integration of technology into the classroom. Reading instruction includes multisensory phonics, small-group guided reading instruction, and Core Knowledge novel studies. The mathematics program provides for grade acceleration in grades 3-5. 


Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School

Kinard aligns the Core Knowledge sequence with the Colorado state standards, providing the opportunity for honors classes, as well as a solid learning foundation for all students. Kinard transitions students from Core Knowledge elementary schools, as well as students in the surrounding areas.

Liberty Common School*

Liberty (kindergarten-12) offers the entire Core Knowledge curriculum for kindergarten-8th grade. 


O'Dea Core Knowledge Elementary School

O'Dea teaches a content-rich curriculum based on the Hirsch Core Knowledge sequence. The Core Knowledge curriculum gives students from different regions and economic backgrounds a common language with which to produce shared knowledge. O'Dea also considers the whole child with integrated instruction in music, art, and physical education.


Ridgeview Classical School*

Ridgeview provides an academically rigorous, content-rich educational program for grades kindergarten-12. Ridgeview offers the Core Knowledge curriculum in kindergarten-8th grade. 

Traut Core Knowledge Elementary School

Traut's program is designed around the school's five pillars of content-rich Core Knowledge curriculum, parent partnerships, character education, student responsibility, and mature literacy.

Zach Elementary School

Zach aligns the Colorado Academic Standards with the Core Knowledge Sequence to offer families explicit identification of what children should learn at each grade level to ensure a coherent approach to building knowledge across all grade levels and all content areas. Zach staff are constantly honing best instructional practice that reach all students, including delivering a strong multi-tiered system of support. 


* Charter schools operate independently from PSD, based on a charter or contract between the school and PSD's Board of Education.