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Mercury Mine Elementary School launched the Core Knowledge® academic curriculum in 2012.

What Is Core Knowledge?

  • A detailed framework of specific content
  • Sequenced learning from grade to grade
  • Based on current educational research
  • A coherent foundation for learning
  • Produces cultural literacy
  • Motivational for learners 

Why Teach Core Knowledge?

  • Increases student understanding
  • Promotes excellence and fairness
  • Eliminates gaps and repetition
  • Integrates technology
  • Includes diverse perspectives
  • Increases critical thinking 

Background of Core Knowledge

The Core Knowledge Sequence was developed through rigorous research by the non-profit Core Knowledge Foundation. The founder, Dr. E.D. Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy, led research into the content and structure of successful school curricula around the world.  

Research conducted:

  • International curricula 
  • National standards
  • State and district standards
  • Field testing
  • Curriculum advisors
  • Multicultural experts
  • On-going revisions

Visit the Core Knowledge website

You may contact the Core Knowledge Foundation by calling 1-800-238-3233.

Curriculum Resources

There are many resources available at the public library that can enrich student learning.

  • Books to Build On: A Grade-by-Grade Resource Guide For Parents and Teachers
  • Core Classics: Illustrated literary classics for young readers
  • Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence
  • Book series entitled What Your Kindergarten-Sixth Grader Needs to Know