Our unique STEAM “Specials” lessons provide students with opportunities for enrichment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts.
Thanks to the generosity of the community and the Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF), students in grades K-5 at Silver Strand experience two lessons per week in our Innovation Lab or Visual and Performing Arts. Instruction during Specials focuses on hands-on, interactive enrichment not typically available in public elementary schools due to budgetary constraints.
While students experience Specials or PE, their teachers have the opportunity to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to advance student achievement and support through curriculum and lesson design, assessment data analysis, trainings, and long-term planning.
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
Students receive instruction in visual art, vocal music, and drama. Annual performances are also coordinated by our VAPA teacher. Coronado Unified School District is an ArtsEmpower district, with a strategic plan for supporting equal access to quality standards-based arts instruction in all schools in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.
The State of California defines a balanced, comprehensive arts program as one in which the arts are studied as discrete disciplines related to each other and, when appropriate, integrated with other subject areas in the curriculum. Students in a comprehensive program are expected to master the content of an arts discipline as outlined in the California Arts Standards.
Innovation Science and Engineering Lab
Silver Strand is in the process of constructing an exciting new Innovation Lab space, which will facilitate student experimentation, use of technology, engineering/construction, and project design. Core curriculum for Innovation lab is provided by Project Lead the Way and aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Our Innovation Lab instructor augments curriculum with additional activities and explorations appropriate for grade level.