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Instructional Approach

 An overview of our instructional approach follows.


Early Childhood Blended

This program at Laura B. Sprague School combines students with mild to moderate special education needs with community peers in a typical pre-school setting. The program supports students through a team approach including the early childhood teacher, certified classroom associate and specialists. The team focuses on language development, cognitive skills, and motor and social/emotional skills. We offer a half-day session, and an early spring screening assists with enrollment in this program.

Grade K (Kindergarten)

The kindergarten program at Laura B. Sprague School focuses on providing the necessary support to build the cognitive, social and emotional foundations necessary to ensure school success. The program offers half-day sessions as well as tuition-based, full-day sessions. Each classroom teacher provides significant support for promoting every child’s well being.

Grades One - Four

At Laura B. Sprague School (EC-Gr. 2) and Half Day School (Gr. 3-4), the homeroom teacher is primarily responsible for daily instruction in reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Grades Five & Six

The fifth and sixth grade program at Daniel Wright Junior High School focuses on the middle school approach, which includes teams of students, blocks of academic instructional time, and exploratory classes.

Grades Seven & Eight

There is an eight-period day at Daniel Wright Junior High School, in which students receive instruction in reading, language arts, science, social studies, and math.


Physical Education/Arts/ENCORE

District 103 incorporates physical education, the arts, problem-based learning, service learning, library, and technology course offerings. Our Encore/Specials programs also incorporate 21st Century Learning Skills into the curriculum. 

Full-Day K, Gr. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 
Family & Consumer Sci.Gr. 6, 7, 8
HealthGr. 5, 6, 7, 8
LibraryGr. K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Music Gr. K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Performing ArtsGr. 5, 7, 8 
Physical EducationGr. K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 
Service Learning Gr. 5
Technology Graphics Gr. 5 

Chorus, orchestra and band are optional fine arts programs for students in the grade levels listed below:

ChorusGr. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
OrchestraGr. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
BandGr. 5, 6, 7, 8



The District 103 enrichment model provides unique learning experiences for all students and flexible learning opportunities to meet the academic needs of our high ability students. The three-tiered model is designed to deepen and extend the grade level curriculum objectives based on student needs. Differentiation is an integral component of this model. More information about the REACH enrichment model can be found at www.d103.org/reach.

Contact Us

For questions about the District 103 curriculum and our work to implement new, more rigorous learning standards, please contact Katie Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, at kreynolds@d103.org.

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