Rainard Curriculum

Rainard Classroom

Our GT curriculum is the road map for day-to-day student learning. Our teachers and staff focus on the needs and abilities of the student, rather than grade level expectations. Goals are set for each student by discipline, and we evaluate subject content mastery individually.

Rotating School Wide Themes

Each of our year long, school wide themes provide inspiration and focus for learning opportunities. Classroom investigations, class projects, reading selection and field trips can all be influenced by these themes.

Uniquely Human

What makes humans unique among other life forms?


How does this driving force affect us?

Spaceship Earth

How does our planet work?

Highlights of Rainard GT Curriculum

Differentiated Learning

Differentiated learning means we tailor instruction to meet an individual student's needs. It is a vital component in all Rainard classrooms, even for our youngest students.

Our gifted education begins with our small class sizes. Without a low student/teacher ratio, genuine differentiated learning cannot take place.

Small class sizes allow our teachers to give students continual attention. Our teachers are able to deliver individual learning plans and on-going evaluation of needs and abilities. In addition they're able to provide personal attention to social and emotional development. These elements allow Rainard students the differentiated learning environment that gifted students need to thrive and reach their full potential.

Mixed Age Classrooms

All Rainard classrooms have a mixture of ages all in one classroom. We place students by ability and with attention to social and emotional fit.

Our teachers evaluate students throughout the year for best-fit. The school may recommend a move to a different classroom mid-year if it is in the best interest of the student.

Furthering Education & Tutoring

If a student’s interest extends beyond what is studied at school we encourage parents to supplement their interests with outside activities, tutors or lessons. Our structure leaves room to weave these outside activities into curriculum.

Sometimes additional therapies may be needed. As we are not a therapy school, our staff is available to coordinate with parents to have these lessons held on campus.

GT Curriculum By Discipline

While we use the curriculums below as a standard, our teachers are given the freedom to expand their classroom GT curriculum as needed. Most of our faculty are gifted and talented themselves so they know what it takes to inspire and engage a GT student. If students are interested in a certain topic, teachers and students are always welcome to delve further into it.


We use STEMscopes for our science curriculum.


Eureka Math is used for our math curriculum.

Social Studies

William and Mary is used for our Social Studies.

Language Arts

William and Mary is used for Language Arts.

Pre-K - Primary

We use the Oxford early reading program and Jolly Phonics.

Special Classes

French, Spanish, PE, Yoga, Music and Art are all offered.

Pre-K, Primary, and Elementary Students

Our Pre-K, Primary, and Elementary have all core lessons with their main teachers in their homeroom. They move as a group to other classrooms for Specials.

Pre-K, Primary, and Elementary students work through core concepts within their GT curriculum. Our teachers weave the yearly theme throughout. We encourage these students to engage with both classmates and teachers in their interest based learning. Special projects allow students and teachers to plunge deeper into learning. Break out sessions encourage collaboration and exploration.

Pre-K Classroom

Our Pre-K classroom is approximately equivalent to Pre-K and Kindergarten programs in a traditional school.

Primary Classroom

Our Primary classroom is approximately equivalent to the 1st and 2nd Grades in a traditional school.

Elementary Classroom

Our Elementary classroom is approximately equivalent to the 3rd and 4th Grades in a traditional school.

Field Trips

At Rainard, field trips are a regular and important part of our education program at all levels.


Students in Pre-K, Primary, & Elementary classrooms receive word grades: Unsatisfactory, Satisfactory, or Excellent.


In these levels students are not regularly assigned homework. Yet, from time to time, a student may need to complete assignments not finished in class or work on a special project at home.

Outdoor Learning

All grades are encouraged in outdoor learning based on current research which shows the benefits of learning outdoors.

Intermediate and Middle School Students

At Rainard we encourage our Intermediate and Middle school students to expand their love of learning. Students are challenged to develop a greater responsibility for what they learn and how they think. Class work becomes more challenging and involved. This helps grow abstract thinking and in-depth character development. 

Our Middle School Students are preparing for High School and other advanced education. They work on building their foundational skills in core subjects. Middle School Students expand their educational journey into hands-on, experimental and in depth explorations of topics that interest them most.

Middle School and Intermediate students move from one classroom to another throughout the day. They may change as a group based on subject or as an individual to join other classes as appropriate for their particular needs and abilities.

Intermediate Classroom

Our Intermediate classroom is approximately equivalent to 5th and 6th grade programs in a traditional school. The focus is on transition from lower school into a more structured environment.

Middle School Classroom

Our Middle School classroom is approximately equivalent to the 7th and 8th Grades in a traditional school. The focus is on the upcoming transition to High School where there is a stronger need for more autonomous work in and out of the classroom.

Overnight Field Trips

In an effort to build independence and comradery our Intermediate and Middle School students take one overnight trip per year.

Field Trips

At Rainard, field trips are a regular and important part of our education program at all levels. At this level field trips are often closely connected to specific study units, fostering further in-depth study and exploration.


At these levels, students receive numeric grades. Numeric grades help clarify to what extent they understand and can perform. We encourage students to view grades as a motivator and an opportunity for improvement and growth.


Students start learning how to manage homework and time. While homework is not assigned, students may need to complete work at home that is not completed in class. In addition some students may do preparatory work for a new study unit, or an individual project at home.


Outdoor Learning

All grades are encouraged in outdoor learning based on current research which shows the benefits of learning outdoors.

Our School Calendar

Interested in our school calendar? You can download it here.

A Cognia Accredited School

Cognia Performance Standards are at the heart of continuous improvement and accreditation. They define the characteristics of a good education institution and provide guidelines for efforts that will energetically and visibly grow learners, teachers, leaders, and organizations.