Garden Hills Elementary offers a consistent, rigorous instructional program for all students. The foundation for our programs is the Georgia Standards of Excellence, required by the State Department of Education, and includes teaching Common Core standards in Math, Reading and Language Arts.

However, at Garden Hills the programs are enhanced and enriched far beyond the regular expectations. Common assessments offer us data for curriculum and instructional decisions based on our students’ needs. Our curriculum maps and academic programs ensure consistency from class to class and grade to grade.

Features of our curriculum are:


Language Arts/Writing

  • Journeys Grammar, Spelling, and Writing program
  • Introduction of the writing genres K-2 (Informational, Persuasive, Narrative, Response to Literature)
  • Writer’s workshop, writer’s journals/notebooks, common editing checklist, cross-curricular writing
  • Writing instruction provided through Daily 5 Literacy Independence Method


  • Full implementation of Eureka Math published by Great Minds
  • Use of manipulatives and games as a part of the math program
  • I-XL for enriching, differentiated mathematics instruction
  • STAR Math Assessments
  • “Protected” math block – 60 minutes, minimum
  • Math Seeds in grades K – 1
  • Everyday Counts Calendar Math in grades K-1


Social Studies

  • IB Units of Inquiry
  • IB Exhibition (required in 5th grade)
  • Curriculum maps
  • Georgia Department of Education Frameworks
  • Macmillan/McGraw Hill Time-links
  • Georgia Studies Weekly Resources