After thorough evaluations, all students begin their studies at TFA at their current instructional reading level. Language Arts in the elementary and middle grades is strengthened by separate reading and writing classes. Instruction emphasizes the study of word attack, vocabulary, comprehension, and literature. The individualized program also emphasizes instruction in handwriting, spelling, grammar, and composition.
High School students focus on the standard English curriculum for high school graduation. Students move toward competence in vocabularly acquisition, reading comprehension, composition, literature study, and other language skills by proceeding through an individual designed sequence of skills reinforcing the development of independent readers and proficient writers.
Elementary – Math skills are designed around a multi-sensory and individualized approach which includes the following areas: numeration, whole numbers, calculations, decimals, fractions, geometry, measurement, ratios, proportions, percents, graphing, and basic equivalents.
Middle School – Math focuses on individualized, reinforced units extending basic operations and problem solving including fractions, decimals, and percents. Students are introduced to early pre-algebra and pre-geometry concepts, as well as applying previously learning skills to real life situations. A Pre-Algebra class is offered to students who complete at least two years of middle school math to develop proficiency in advanced operations.
High School – Students are introduced to a variety of courses including Integrated Math, Geometry, Advanced Math Applications, Algebra, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. The curriculum contains math courses required for graduation.
Science students at TFA develop concepts and factual knowledge in all areas of science. Emphasis is on concrete learning experiences and academic work integrated with the development of reading and writing skills.
Elementary science exposes students to a wide range of concepts in the areas of earth science, physical science and life science, while conducting a review of core information needed to integrate these concepts. The skills of observation, classification, and contrasting are stressed.
Middle School Science
Utilizes a combination of topical units to conduct review and development of concepts in the areas of life science, earth science and physical science.
High School Science
Courses include Physical Science, Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry and Physics. This curriculum meets requirements for NC graduation.
Elementary Social Studies
Focuses on concepts of geography, study skills and map skills. Students develop concepts and factual knowledge in all the areas of social studies.
Middle School Social Studies
Emphasizes the interconnection of geography, people, places and events and developments through current events magazines and a variety of news media focusing on study skills and inquiry.
High School Social Studies
Courses include Economics, Legal and Political Systems (ELP), World History, United States History, Psychology and Political Cartoons and Mysteries. All courses are required for graduation.
Nutrition and Culinary Arts
Elementary and Middle School Nutrition
Students are introduced to kitchen safety and nutrition, kitchen conduct, and basic procedures. Healthy eating habits are emphasized as students learn the basic food groups and have fun with daily project creations.
High School Culinary Arts
Health and nutrition are emphasized as students learn kitchen skills and safety. Food preparation and menu planning studies culminate in a variety of meal and serving opportunities at school functions.
Students work with a variety of media that include painting, drawing, clay, natural materials and sculpture. These processes expose elementary students to methods and techniques that develop fine motor skills while exploring self-expression and creativity. Students are exposed to art history as well as multi-cultural art.
Middle School and High School Art
Introduces students to art history, art terminology, and new mediums for expression. Creative manipulation of materials is encouraged. Students work with media that may include pastels, painting, drawing, collage, calligraphy, clay, jewelry making, natural materials and stone.
Elementary Physical Education
Grades 1-3: Emphasizes how students react and respond to others and perform well-defined combinations of movements. Students continue to learn to develop patterns and combinations of movements using locomotors and non-locomotor skills.
Grades 4-5: Emphasizes manipulating objects with accuracy and speed. Students will continue to learn the correct techniques for using manipulatives including throwing, catching, striking, kicking, trapping, and dribbling. Students will learn to analyze their performances in order to learn or improve a movement skill. Students will continue to learn fitness concepts, participate in a variety of fitness development exercises, assess their personal fitness, compare their scores to a health related standard, and set goals for improvement or maintenance.
Middle School Physical Education and Health
This course provides students the continuing opportunity to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the North Carolina Healthful Living Curriculum. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge (including defensive and offensive strategies) to team physical activities; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance; the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles and strategies to improve health and performance; and the understanding and demonstration of self-responsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics in the learning and performance of physical activity.
High School Physical Education and Health
Students are empowered to make choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Units of physical education instruction include: personal fitness concepts and techniques, cardiorespiratory endurance training, and team activities. Units of health instruction include: Health and Wellness; Exercise Prescription; Body Systems; Nutrition; and Substance Abuse.
High School Fitness/Conditioning
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness.
Journalism is an elective course that teaches students techniques on how to gather news, organize information, and write in a journalistic style.
Technology classes are offered at all grade levels with a curriculum tailored to the ability and skill level of the students. Instruction focuses on software and applications, including, but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite as well as creative web design, computer hardware, networking, basic computer programming and terminology.
Students are provided with opportunities to learn Spanish through a variety of methods focusing on listening and speaking skills, vocabulary, music and the Hispanic culture. Students will practice basic communications in an immersed classroom.
High School Spanish
Spanish I and Spanish II are offered to high school students, and meet the standards required for graduation from high school. The curriculum and teaching methods have been adapted in general for students with learning differences, and further individual accommodations are made as needed.
Skills For Life
Students in this course will engage in social interactions and behaviors through topics related to horticulture, auto mechanics, carpentry and work safety with a practical, hands-on approach. Students will learn common tasks such as maintaining automobiles and lawn equipment, the use of basic power tools, measurement, gardening and simple construction. Students will be involved in projects, such as building a school deck area, maintaining some of the campus lawn area and learning skills to help at home and to help become more independent as they transition to life after high school.
Another component of this course that students may be exposed to is consumer related skills for the older student who will soon be transitioning to higher-level education or a career. Some of the topics covered include income, budgeting, banking, consumer credit, income taxes, and health insurance.