Our Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Bay City Academy aligns its instruction with the Common Core State Standards (“CCSS”). We are able to fulfill our educational goals by following the CCSS and using classroom, district, and state data to drive instruction.

Bay City Academy Curriculum

Bay City Academy offers Differentiated Instruction to all students. A Balanced, Experiential, and Relevant instructional program ensures that students develop not only a wide base of skills, but also an appreciation for fine arts, language arts, science, and mathematics. Teachers are trained on the essential components of the program and how to organize and structure their classrooms to be effective.

We use an Inquiry-model of learning in social studies and science. Students are asked to explore concepts, experiment with their knowledge, and be creative in demonstrating their learning. Projects, research reports, presentations, speeches, experiments, service learning, and more.


English Language Arts

Includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

  1. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards
  2. Lucy Calkins ELA Common Core units of study. These were developed as a multi-year project that is aligned to the Common Core Standards.
  3. Students write compositions, reports, letters, editorials, and essays. All students practice public speaking and analytical listening. Computer-aided programs are used to supplement reading skills.
  4. Lucy Calkins Language Arts and Writing Units:
    • Builds communication and foundational literacy skills.
    • Uses culturally relevant materials in instruction, so readers see themselves in texts.
    • Focuses on critical literacy, so students can identify and develop effective argumentative skills, weigh evidence, determine bias, and understand different perspectives.
    • Helps all students become proficient in the “new literacies”: visual, informational, digital, media, technological, and cultural literacy.
    • Students recognize the unique literacy demands of the different academic disciplines.
    • Develops the corresponding literacy practices needed to participate in these academic domains

English Language Arts Support


  • Learning A to Z is a leading provider of digitally delivered teaching products that support instruction and student growth in reading, writing, and science.
  • Leveled books, worksheets, and interactive resources.
  • Support student achievement by securing the right resources for every Pre K-6 classroom


Includes computation, number sense, problem solving, statistics, algebra, geometry, and measurement.

  1. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards
  2. Eureka Math® curriculum with problem solving as the center of math learning, and concepts taught with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences.
    • Supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
    • Is research-based and focuses on classroom learning, discussion, and practice
    • Balances conceptual understanding, visual learning, and problem solving

Math Support

  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Students tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Khan Academy guides learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.
  • MobyMax - The idea behind MobyMax is to leverage scientific data to create an adaptive learning tool set that helps students and teachers identify missing skill sets and uses progress monitoring to automatically assign effective lessons. One of the keys behind the MobyMax approach is a differentiated curriculum, with progress monitoring built in. MobyMax targets areas where the student is struggling and does not waste time re-teaching concepts that students have already mastered.
  • Imagine Math is a rigorous, standards-rich supplemental math curriculum that adapts to the unique needs of each student, so every student can develop the essential foundations and conceptual understanding they need to confidently move to the next level. Because the system is adaptive, students learn in their zone of proximal development with the right degree of challenge.


Earth/Space, Life, Physical, and Engineering, Technology, and Application of Science. Project-based learning is emphasized.

Next Generation Science Standards:Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The NGSS are based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.  The Framework uses the term “practices,” rather than “science processes” or “inquiry” skills for a specific reason:

We use the term “practices” instead of a term such as “skills” to emphasize that engaging in scientific investigation requires not only skill but also knowledge that is specific to each practice. (NRC Framework, 2012, p. 30)

The eight practices of science and engineering that the Framework identifies as essential for all students to learn:

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

K-5 classrooms use Generation Genius. Generation Genius is a regional collaboration between the Science, Mathematics, and Technology center at CMU and the Great Lakes Bay ISDs to develop K-5 Science Units through professional learning. 

The units will:

  1. Include a complete curriculum for K-5 three-dimensional science instruction.
  2. Meet the Michigan Science Standards
  3. Be free to all educators
  4. Integrate science and engineering practices, and English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Social Studies

Includes Geography, History, Civics, Economics, Government, and Financial Literacy.

Studies Weekly balance disciplinary content and processes and skills that contribute to responsible citizenship and form a foundation for high school social studies coursework.  Effective social studies instruction and assessment incorporate methods of inquiry, involve public discourse and decision making, and provide opportunities for citizen involvement.

Character Education

Includes the skills necessary to be successful and happy, both on the job and in life.  Students focus on Respect, Personal Responsibility, Kindness, Getting Along, Optimism, and Work Ethic.


Students learn word processing, database management, spreadsheet development and Internet use.