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Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology

Prekindergarten-Grade 6


Lincoln Park

Albany, NY 12202

Phone: 475-6875

Fax: 475-6877

Web site: http://toast.albany.k12.ny.us


Teresa Brown, Principal

E-mail: tbrown@albany.k12.ny.us

Theme Curriculum
As a science and technology magnet school recognized and supported by the New York State Education Department, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) has a responsibility to develop a school-wide, science-based theme curriculum. We take this responsibility seriously, striving to develop themes and units that contain appropriate science-based experiences that integrate as many of the other curriculum areas as possible. We seek to use reading, writing, math, and social studies skills and activities in our science program.

Our theme is Mysteries of Science. Units are outlined by grade level. TOAST has implemented a fixed theme curriculum, which allows teachers to develop, modify, and improve theme units over several years. This gives teachers the opportunity to find appropriate support materials and to revise lessons to make them better.

Bridges to learning is our attempt to regain the strongest element of the original annual curriculum-writing process. That strength was the focus gained by having all grades working on the same content within their own units of study, school wide. By pairing students from different grades around similar, sequential content, we expect that there will be a sharing of ideas between the grades, with the older students mentoring the younger students.

The bridged grades are bulleted below. Please click each bridge to learn more about their theme units.

Click here to visit the TOAST Web site.

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