Carnegie Schools Riverside

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Our rigorous curriculum meets or exceeds national and state standards.  We teach a variety of curricula K-5 to accomplish this, including: Pearson Math, Reading Street English, Deep Roots Bible, and Bob Jones University Science and History.  Each curriculum has been vetted by our administration as well as our teaching faculty and we strive to incorporate a Christ-centered perspective into every subject we teach. 


Academic Program Overview K-5

Below is an overview of the typical subject emphases taught in each grade level and some of the incredible projects and learning experiences students will take part in during the school year.




Language Arts: Learning the letters, Decoding short and long vowel words, Sight Words, Reading short text, Writing a Sentence with correct Sentence Structure

Literacy Concepts: Characters, Setting, Plot, Main Idea, Fantasy and Realism

Math: Calendar Concepts- Days, Months, and Year, Counting to 100, Adding and Subtracting to 20, Composing and Decomposing to 20, Ten Frames, Tally Marks, and Shapes

Science: Butterfly Life Cycle, Plant Life Cycle

Social Studies: Seasons of the Year, Holidays

Bible: Bible lessons and memory verses from Genesis to Acts



100th day project

Penguin Report


First Grade


Math: Place Value, Geometric Shapes, Adding, Subtracting 2 digit numbers, 

Measurements, Telling Time, Regrouping

Oral Reading

Language: Sentence Structure, Nouns, Verbs, Possessive Nouns, Adjectives


Science: Senses, Health, Seasons

American History: Citizenship, U.S. Capitol, Community leaders



Fall Science Project/ Collecting Different Kinds of Leaves


Second Grade


History: The Beginning to the Revolutionary War

Science: Living Things, Plants, Space, Light sources 

Math: Adding and Subtracting 1, 2, and 3 digit numbers, adding and subtracting money, telling time, measuring length 

Reading: vowel and consonant letter patterns, various writing genres 



"All About Me" Poster

Growing seeds

Famous Individual's Biography 


Third Grade


Math: Adding 3 or More numbers, Subtraction with Regrouping (3 digits), multiplication, division, fractions

Writing: Autobiography, Biography Research Project

History: Colonial America

Science: Animals, Matter, Energy in Motion, Solar System

Reading: Realistic and Historical Fiction, Fables, Charlotte's Web



Reading Fair


Biography Research Project

Science Ecosystem Project

History Presidential Campaign and Budget Project


Fourth Grade


History: California History- California animals, Native California People, California Regions, California government, California Gold Rush

Science: Insects, Living Things, The Moon, Oceans/ Tides, Simple Machines, Plants, Human Body Systems

Math: Multiplying and Dividing up to 3 and 4 digits, Adding and Subtracting 3, 4, and 5 digit numbers, Place value up to 7 digits, Comparing, Ordering, Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Writing: Research papers, Essays, Biographies, Narrative, Poetry

Reading: Realistic Fiction and Christian Allegory novel studies



Mission report and project

Endangered Animal report

California Regions Brochure

Gold Rush Research Report


Fifth Grade

Bible: develop spiritual concepts and a personal relationship with God

Math: Developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions; extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; developing understanding of volume

Science: Physical, Life, and Earth; Investigation and experimentation

Language Arts: Research and evidence based, application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills

History: develop a balanced overview of American heritage, promote an understanding and an ability to discern connections between events



Student led science experiments

Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair

Science Camp

Stock Market

Educational Field Trips

Cultural Studies

Collaborative Learning

Academic Enhancement
Our academic program, kindergarten through grade five, includes several weekly/monthly classes taught by one of our own experienced teachers with knowledge and practice in that field:
- Introductory Spanish
- Physical Education

- Introductory Mandarin Chinese

Integrated Educational Technology
As technology continues to play a larger role in all aspects of life, students need to have the knowledge necessary to navigate the technological world with skill and responsibility. Technology is growing by leaps and bounds at the elementary level!
We have incorporated an interactive SmartBoard into every academic classroom, kindergarten through fifth grade, and secured the user rights to the online instructional component of our new curriculum. Now every elementary teacher has the ability to integrate PowerPoint, educational video clips, and interactive games into their lessons! 

We also have an iPad issued to every elementary teacher in addition to having iPad carts that enable us to have a 1:1 iPad environment for the students.  Each iPad cart is shared between two classrooms and teachers coordinate with each other when they need to use the iPads for their lessons.  The iPad and the SmartBoard are used in combination with one another to deliver an innovative collaborative learning environment.

Accelerated Reader
Highly popular and successful, Accelerated Reader (AR) creates enthusiastic readers! All learning starts with reading. It's a skill and, as with every skill, it requires not just instruction but practice. AR enables powerful practice by providing data to teachers and reinforcing concepts with personalized reading levels and content.