Elementary Academics

academics page

Elementary schools are the building blocks for a strong foundation for learning throughout a student's life. It is our goal to make sure that every Scottsbluff elementary student receives rigorous and relevant education preparing him or her for middle school. We offer a wide variety of resources and professional development for teachers to support student learning.

Review elementary learning guides

A Typical Day 

Typical Elementary Day

Below are general guidelines for elementary schedules. Contact your student's teacher or school for more specific information concerning schedules and programming.


Grades K-2

Grades 3-5


Reading – 90 minutes
Writing – 30 minutes

Reading – 60 minutes
Writing – 45 minutes


60-80 minutes

60-80 minutes

Science and
Social Studies

45 minutes
Alternating days or weeks

45 minutes
Alternating days or weeks

Intervention and

30 minutes

45 minutes


50 minutes

50 minutes


35 minutes

35 minutes


15 minutes

15 minutes

Core Curriculum

Guided Reading (K-5)

Guided Reading using Mondo Bookshop enables opportunities for students with similar needs to talk, read, and think purposefully about text.

Bridges Mathematics (K-5)

The Bridges Math curriculum focuses on developing students' deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve problems.

Lucy Calkins Units of Study Writing (K-5)

The elementary writing program follows the writing workshop approach using Lucy Calkins Units of Study. The writing program instruction includes mini lessons or the direct teaching component, independent writing, and sharing.

Science Fusion (K-5)

The elementary science program builds inquiry and skills through digital curriculum and hands-on science activities.

Grade Requirements

Scottsbluff neighborhood elementary schools issue report cards four times each academic year, or roughly every 9 weeks. Elementary report cards specify: what all students should know and be able to do (as delineated within the Scottsbluff curriculum); student's performance against the Nebraska State Standards (not comparing student to student); and provides the parent or guardian an accurate assessment of how their child is progressing.

Parent Resources

Learning Guides

Bridges Math - Resources for Families