Millard Core Knowledge Program

Millard Core Knowledge Program

The Millard Core Knowledge program provides cultural literacy through a sequential and challenging curriculum rooted in the E.D. Hirsch Core Knowledge Sequence and philosophy. The Core Knowledge Sequence consists of a body of widely used knowledge placed into the curriculum in a coherent and sequential design. The program develops rich reading and writing skills through the use of the Spalding Method, Shurley English, and phonics. This spiral also includes history and geography, science and health, music, visual arts, and language arts (poetry, idioms, reading, writing, and grammar).  The teacher-directed environment establishes high expectations through whole-group learning, and fosters analytical thinking. Students are challenged through an in-depth and swiftly-paced curriculum which develops higher-level thinking skills and establishes a solid foundation to build upon.

Millard offers the Core Knowledge program at two locations, Cather Elementary and Disney Elementary Schools. Core Knowledge began as a kindergarten through second grade program in 1995. It transitioned to Cather in 1996 and has grown into a kindergarten through fifth grade program. In 2015, the Core Knowledge Academy at Cather was recognized as a Core Knowledge Program School of Distinction. As a result of increased demand and the district's commitment to offer programs of choice, Core Knowledge expanded to Walt Disney Elementary in 2016, with one section of kindergarten and additional grade levels added each subsequent year.

The Millard Core Knowledge program at Cather Elementary and Disney Elementary are option-enrollment programs offered by the Millard Public Schools. For more information about Core Knowledge, click on the sites below. For more information on how to apply to Core Knowledge please go to our Student Service web page.           


Is Core Knowledge the same as Common Core?

The Millard Core Knowledge program is not related to Common Core.  The Core Knowledge program is a curricular program developed by E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia in 1986. Common Core is a political movement to create common standards for public schools.  Nebraska Public Schools are not part of the Common Core State Standards.

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