Acme Academic Program
Acmetonia Primary School is made up of Kindergarten through grade 3. The academic program is serviced through a self-contained classroom model, where students are nurtured through their early-developmental years. The building incorporated a Full-Day Kindergarten program in the fall of 2004. This program supports and enhances the entry-level instructional program. A Title I program supports the needs of students who are experiencing difficulty in reading development. In addition, an elementary Autistic Classroom provides learning opportunities for students with autism in an elementary school setting. A state certified teacher and teacher’s aide staff the class to help all students achieve success. Acmetonia students also have an opportunity to experience special subject areas, which include library, art, music, physical education, and health. A guidance counselor provides students with services in the areas of social development and/or individual counseling needs.
The Title I Program provides remedial support services for students who display academic deficiencies in reading. Title I teachers service students in their regularly scheduled classes or by pull-out instruction. Student participation in this program is based upon his/her classroom progress in reading. This program provides reading intervention strategies employing reading specialists and teacher aides to deliver these services. At times, students needing more intense intervention are worked with individually to remediate specific skill deficiencies outside the classroom setting. Title I is not a required program; parents have the option of having their children participate if they qualify for the program. Title I also sponsors informational parent sessions.
For more information on the Title I program, please see the Federal/State Program section of the District's homepage.
Kindergarten is the beginning of a formal educational process where a child will interact with his/her peers and teachers to discover a new learning environment. Allegheny Valley began a full-day Kindergarten program in the 2004-05 school year. This program follows the regular elementary day schedule. It consists of instruction in the core subject areas and a full range of special subjects. Essential Kindergarten skills are taught, allowing for more in-depth skill development for students.
Requirements for Kindergarten
Children turning age 5 before September 1st of the school year are eligible for admission to Kindergarten classes. Kindergarten registration is usually held during the month of March. At this time, parents are asked to come to the Acmetonia Primary School office to complete all necessary paperwork and schedule an appointment for the screening of their child. These appointments are held in the month of June and evaluate readiness skills of the student. Parents must present an original birth certificate, proof of residency, and a complete record of immunization for their child at the March registration.
The Allegheny Valley School District approved the adoption of the latest edition of the Harcourt Reading Program during the 2003-2004 school year. This Program, entitled Trophies, has become the basis of the language arts program in Kindergarten through grade 6.
Trophies is a comprehensive, research-based, developmental reading/language arts program that uses explicit phonics instruction, guided reading instruction, writing instruction, and other systematic intervention strategies to provide students with a balanced literacy approach in the area of integrated language arts. The Trophies program incorporates extensive and holistic assessment tools to ensure that every student is given the best support that can be provided to help him/her become a successful learner. At present, the reading series has become a successful tool in the language arts curriculum of the District.