• Core Subjects

    Reading and Language Arts

    Wit and Wisdom logoWit & Wisdom® is a comprehensive K–8 curriculum that has transformed English language arts (ELA) instruction in classrooms across the nation. Great Minds believes that classrooms are places where students and teachers encounter wit, wisdom, wonder, rigor, and knowledge, and that literature, history, art, and science all have a place in ELA instruction. By providing a framework for inquiry, Wit & Wisdom helps students build rich layers of knowledge. It inspires teachers and students to experience complex texts and ideas on a deeper level by fostering the questioning spirit that will shape the next generation of great writers, thinkers, and leaders.                                                                                                 

    Great Minds provides a rich reading and writing experience for students. Early literacy is stressed through continued assessment and flexible grouping.


    Student open hands with rocksStudents learn best by doing, so Pleasant Hill Academy focuses on science with a hands-on approach through project-based learning. Through the combined use of science kits and textbooks, students are exposed to all the sciences that appeal to all learners.


    The Math department provides students with a strong foundation in the understanding of math. Realizing that not all students learn in the same fashion, we address the learning styles of all students using tools such as My Math, IXL, Ten Marks and Khan Academy.

    Social Studies

    The goal is to mold students into responsible, active citizens. Students examine the experiences of various cultural groups as they immigrated to America. They delve into the study of the function of the U.S. Government and the rights and responsibilities of its citizens. Pleasant Hill students in grades 4-6 also engage in the GE Capstone Project Partnership. The capstone features STEM solutions to social problems and integrates science, history, literacy and math components.

    Other Advantages of a Pleasant Hill Academy Education

    Other features of Pleasant Hill's academic program for grades 4-6 include:

    • Grades 4-6 receive 90 minutes for ELA and Math, and 45 minutes for Science/Social studies.
    • Pleasant Hill provides additional resources and support to help students thrive academically.
    • Tutoring opportunities are available after school.
    • Students and families can use counseling services through Central Clinic's "Ready-to-Learn" program.
    • Field trips are scheduled to enhance a student's academic experience and as incentives for positive behavior.