Core Curriculum

  • Academic Achievement

    At Dows Lane, we believe in a well rounded and rigorous curriculum experience.   At each grade level, students will receive instruction in the four main core curriculum areas: Literacy (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking), Math, Social Studies and Science.  Literacy and math are a part of daily instruction. For social studies and science, each grade level approaches units across the year. At times, these units are integrated with other core areas.  In addition, students have experiences through special programs that enhance our core curriculum, such as the Dows Lane Garden, PLTW and a variety of grant funded experiences including “Hands on Science”, “Bringing Literacy to Life - Theatre Production, “Beauty and the Beast Storytellers”, “Maker Thinking” and the NY Historical Society, just to name a few.  

    Curriculum - Teaching Thinking

    We are pleased to share a link to Rubicon Atlas, a website that provides access to Irvington UFSD's curriculum. Below is the link to the Irvington UFSD Rubicon Atlas site and our FAQ document. This FAQ's will provide quick answers ?that you may find helpful as you explore our curriculum through this new website.
    Rubicon Atlas FAQ


    Homework is a part of school life at Dows Lane.  Homework is designed to be a review of skill learned during the day or to activate prior knowledge to prepare students to get ready for new learning.  In addition, homework is also designed to provide shared experiences for parents to engage in a special project with their child.

    Teachers follow a recommended time allotment for homework which is developmentally appropriate and research based.  Generally, students will receive homework in literacy and math each night.

    • Kindergarten:  5-10 minutes
    • 1st Grade:  5-15 minutes
    • 2nd Grade: 10-20 minutes
    • 3rd Grade: 15-30 minutes

    If you find that your child is laboring over homework or feeling stressed, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We encourage parents to not provide extensive help with homework so teachers can get a sense of where a student may be struggling with daily learning.  We do recommend and encourage you to read to and with your child each night.