Energy & Engineering Curriculum

GREEN believes that engaging students in STEAM activities at a young age builds confidence, grows interest, and puts them on course for strong accomplishments in middle school, high school, and beyond. Through PLTW Launch, our program for kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more engaging. PLTW Gateway is offered in GREEN's middle school. Students have the opportunity to engage in rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.

GREEN's Energy curriculum and NEED:
The NEED Project's energy curriculum provides GREEN students a comprehensive, objective information platform with activities on the energy sources that fuel our country, including their economic and environmental impacts. Students explore the history of energy, energy in current events, and consider future energy development opportunities and challenges. They understand that certain energy sources may be better choices for specific energy needs, and they discuss and debate the energy sources we use today and will use in the future. GREEN students begin their exploration of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources in Kindergarten and continue through high school.

Renewable Energy Can Provide 80%

of U.S. Electricity by 2050

Elementary Curriculum

Elementary Language Arts

The Project Read curriculum integrates the five critical components of reading instruction—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension — along with the dimensions of spelling, writing, oral language, and listening comprehension within each lesson. An important component of instruction that is beneficial is the cumulative nature of the scaffolded practice embedded in the program. Each instructional routine consistently begins with a review of previously taught skills, and continues with teacher modeling of a new skill or strategy, guided practice and student practice, and includes frequent progress monitoring checks to affirm mastery.
Our teachers use decodable text in kindergarten and first grade and as students build their reading fluency, they move onto more difficult reading passages. Teachers use mentor texts and novel studies to engage students in critical thinking of a text, develop comprehension skills, and build new vocabulary. Comprehension skills include: making an inference, predictions, main idea, key details, author's purpose, character traits, questioning, making connections, and point of view.

The writing curriculum is based on the six traits of writing. This framework identifies six qualities of good writing: IDEAS (main message), ORGANIZATION (layout), WORD CHOICE (vocabulary use), SENTENCE FLUENCY (flow of thoughts), VOICE (perspective of writer), and CONVENTIONS (grammar & mechanics). Using these traits scaffolds the process of writing for students. Teachers also use mentor text to engage students in deeper thought and write about authentic experiences, opinions, and information they have learned.

As students move into the higher grades, they use critical thinking skills to summarize, analyze and discuss opinions of texts. Students use inquiry skills to integrate literacy into science and social studies. They are able to take global events, informational texts, and experiential learning to expand their understanding of literature. GREEN students are able to build on their writing skills to express ideas, opinions and solve problems.

Literacy is not taught in isolation. Our classrooms are literacy rich and provide opportunities for students to read, discuss, share, and write about their beliefs or experiences. Our goal is to develop confident readers and writers who have a strong foundation and skills to be successful.

Elementary Mathematics
The GREEN Charter School’s mathematics curriculum will enable students to problem solve and deepen their understanding of foundational skills utilizing Envisions.
Envision is a K5 through 5th grade mathematics curriculum and starts with a PBL question, visual learning, guided practice and independent practice. Students will be encouraged to explain their reasoning through class discussions.
In 6th grade, SC Reveal is used to continue inquiry through open ended questions and complex problems and tasks.

Elementary Science
The science program is designed to use a constructive view of learning skills, sequences, and subject knowledge.The science curriculum will include strategies to:
Encourage students to make their ideas explicit and present them with events that challenge their ideas;
Encourage the process of hypothesizing and generating alternative inspirations of models, enabling the students to explore these alternatives in informal and non-threatening ways, particularly through group discussion, and providing opportunities for students to use their new ideas in a wide ranges of situations so that they can appreciate their utility.
The GREEN Charter School’s renewable energy-oriented science curriculum will concentrate more on an experimental, hands-on approach while building on students’ abstract knowledge of science. The GREEN Charter School will implement the proven instructional science curricula to reach this goal.
Students will be introduced to the GREEN Charter School’s green theme through elective science courses related to energy. Project NEED (National Energy Education Development) curriculum and guidelines will be utilized. The NEED curriculum is aligned with SC standards in science (

Elementary Social Studies
This curriculum will promote students’ understanding of historical, geographical, and civic knowledge and their application of this knowledge to today’s diverse world culture. In the early grades (kindergarten through second) students learn about the world with which they are most familiar: home, school, the neighborhood, and the broader Greenville community.
The social studies program will provide each student with a broad background in the social sciences. Within each class, the faculty-student exchange will be strongly encouraged. Students will be encouraged to think critically and to form opinions consistent with historical facts. From the earliest events of recorded history, through the development of family life, culture and the arts, to the development of governments and countries driven by geographical exploration, the wars of history and the stories they tell, from yesterday to today, students will have the unique opportunity to pursue their curiosity and respond to the State Standards by participating in the discovery of man and his contributions to the whole of humanity.

Middle School Curriculum

Middle School English Language Arts

The primary focus of the language arts program will help students use the reading process effectively, select and use pre-reading strategies that are appropriate to the text such as discussion, making predictions, brainstorming, generating questions, and previewing (to anticipate content, purpose and organization of a reading selection). In addition, the students will use writing processes effectively, select and use appropriate pre-writing strategies such as brainstorming, graphic organizers and outlines. Briefly, the students will be prepared to use viewing and speaking, strategies effectively and understand the nature and power of language.

The program helps students develop the essential skills of reading carefully, thinking critically, listening intently and speaking and writing persuasively. Students are an integral part of the reading process. Instruction is aligned to mastery of the State Standards and employs before, during and after reading strategies. Students use Socratic questioning techniques to increase critical thinking and develop skills in formulating their own questions to guide their inquiry.

The purpose is to provide educational experiences that develop English language arts concepts and skills. The content will include, but not be limited to the study of literature, the use of the writing process, and the application of reading, listening, speaking, critical thinking and study skills. Information on how language arts skills apply to daily life and work will also be provided. The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to use, interpret, and appreciate spoken and written English.

Middle School Mathematics

Mathematics curriculum is one of the most focused curricula in the GREEN Charter School. Students will be able to understand the mathematical significance of the operations while performing arithmetic operations. By focusing on the ‘why’ behind the algorithmic procedures, we will prepare students for further study of mathematics as well as the quantitative literacy of daily life.

The Mathematics curriculum will be aligned with NCTM Principles, State Standards and CCSS for Mathematics. In order to implement mathematics curriculum, the NCTM Principles School is committed to adopt the proven instructional mathematics curriculum, the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM).




6th Grade Math


Pre-Algebra Advanced


7th Grade Math




Algebra I*


8th Grade Math




Algebra I*




Intensive Mathematics

* High School Credit

The purposes of the mathematics courses above are to provide instruction and promote academic excellence in basic mathematic skills, geometry, algebra, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. The content will include, but not be limited to operations, numeration, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, equations, inequalities, functions, expressions, properties, constructions, area, volume, proofs, limits derivatives, integrals and the development of logical reasoning skills. These skills and in preparation for the SC Assessment Test, are essential for a student to succeed within the real world work environment.

Middle School Science

The science program is designed to use a constructive view of learning skills, sequences, and science knowledge with inquiry based approach. It is believed that we must build students’ own reality when introducing content. In science, effective teaching comes from relating the new experiences to what students already know, not from simply adding new knowledge to what students know. The Science Curriculum will incorporate SC State Standards for Science and National State Science Standards.

Science class strategies include: Encouraging students to make their ideas explicit, presenting them with events that challenge their ideas; Encouraging the process of hypothesizing, and the generation of alternative inspirations of models, enabling the students to explore these alternatives in informal and friendly ways, particularly through group discussion, and providing opportunities for students to use their new ideas in wide range of situations so that they can appreciate their utility.

The GREEN Charter School’s science-oriented curriculum will concentrate more on an experimental, hands-on approach to their current definition of science while increasing the abstract knowledge of science. The major purpose of the science curriculum is to teach children to become self-reliant, independent problem-solvers, concentrated in science subjects, which are merged with life in a consistent manner with what is known about how adolescents think of them. It is designed to create a high level of interest in learning that will become personalized and individualized. The GREEN Charter School believes as a philosophy that science empowers students to understand our world and how it works. Science, therefore, is the key that opens the doors that help students discover their own unique and important gifts.

Students will be introduced to the GREEN Charter School’s green theme via elective science courses related to energy in addition to their core science courses. Project NEED (National Energy Education Development) curriculum and guidelines will be used. The NEED curriculum is aligned with SC standards in science (




Comprehensive Science I


Comprehensive Science I Advanced


Comprehensive Science II


Comprehensive Science II Advanced


Comprehensive Science III


Comprehensive Science III Advanced


Middle School Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum includes the study of related knowledge and modes of inquiry selected from history, the humanities, and the social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Thematic units have been designed that integrate the various subjects and address key areas of social studies in alignment with State Standards. Character education components (respect, honesty, responsibility, self-control, tolerance, kindness, citizenship and cooperation) will be emphasized individually through thematic lessons and group projects.

The middle school years will broaden our students' knowledge as they learn about other places and people in the world. They gain an understanding of the importance of the past and the conditions that have brought countries and regions to their present states today.

Early college
Early college

High School Curriculum

GREEN Charter Schools Mentor Teams:

All GREEN Charter Upper School students will benefit from being a member of a Mentor Team. These teams meet for 2 hours every month in order to promote guidance, leadership and community. The teams are led by classroom teachers. The Mentor Teams will:

  • Improve self-esteem, social responsibility, cultural sensitivity, problem solving strategies and communication skills.
  • Promote community involvement and volunteering.
  • Provide career planning information and resources.
  • Recognize to themselves and others that teens can make a difference.
  • Enjoy a heightened sense of belonging in their school community.

GREEN Charter High School Provides:
    Effective College Guidance

  • Exploration and visits beginning in 9th Grade
  • Personal attention to each student and family
  • Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

    Extra Curricular Clubs & Organizations
    Mentor Teams and
    AP Courses / Dual Enrollment

  • AP Program Starts in 9th grade
  • Dual Enrollment Starts in 10th Grade

    Personalized Education in a small, safe environment
    SAT/ACT Prep
    Congressional Award Program

  • Students will set goals in 4 program areas (Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration)