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Elementary School
Students watching a scientific experiment through a windowBoy playing with shaving cream on his deskStudents doing a sensory activity with shaving cream on their desksClass of students playing with shaving cream on their desksTwo boys experimenting with colored lightsStudents experimenting with colored lights in the classroomPolice Officer and school staff holding donated winter coatsTwo girls dressed alike in polka dot dressesTwo girls dressed in matching pink shirts with starsA boy and girl wearing matching Captain America T-shirtscrowd of students cheering
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Students watch a science experiment through a windowStudents playing with shaving cream on their desksStudents sit on the floor listening to a teacherBoy swirling shaving cream around on his deskGirl making designs in shaving cream on her deskClass of students doing an activity with colored lightsStudents reading a book together by colored lightTwo boys dressed in matching red shirtsStudents reading books together with colored lightsTwo girls wearing matching shirtsVolleyball gameStudents sitting near University Center sign

Elementary Academics

The Union Colony curriculum adheres to state standards in all subjects, including the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. We also offer instruction in art, music, and physical education. For more information about state standards and assessments, please follow the links on this page.

The academic focus at UCES is to prepare students for the rigors of Union Preparatory School. This requires a firm foundation in language arts (reading, writing, and oral communication), math, and the sciences. Research indicates that the best form of instruction (shown through consistently high levels of academic achievement across cultural and socioeconomic borders) is the Direct Instruction Model. This model provides highly structured, sequential learning that either bridges gaps in students' academic mastery or accelerates their learning based on need. This model also recognizes the importance of fine arts integration in student achievement. In light of that, we’ve chosen to implement this model across our K–5 curriculum.

Additional Programming

In addition to our core curriculum, students at Union Colony Elementary also enjoy:

  • Extra-curricular clubs and activities
  • Art instruction
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Technology

Student Placement

We group students according to their ability (current level of academic mastery) in reading. We monitor and evaluate their learning every week to ensure they are mastering new skills. Students that reach mastery advance to the next ability group. Struggling students receive additional instruction and/or skills practice.