Bais Chaya Mushka/Bais Rebbe General Studies


General Studies Curriculum in a dual-curriculum school is based on the basic skills needed to educate and prepare our students for high school and beyond.  The basic curriculum is Math, Reading/Language Arts/Writing/Grammar, Science and Social Studies.  Art and physical education are also part of our curriculum.


Developing a General Studies Curriculum in a dual-curriculum school is a challenge regarding Social Studies and Science.  The Social Studies and Science goals are more streamlined than they would be in a single-curriculum school in order for our students to have the proper development of understanding in the subject.


Upon graduation from Bais Chaya Mushka/Bais Rebbe, our students have a basic knowledge of history, science, language arts, and math. Our goal is that the student be able to gather information using appropriate sources of information, make conclusions based on data collected, compare and contrast and be able to express information and ideas both orally and in written form.


Bais Chaya Mushka/Bais Rebbe has earned a full accreditation from the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) through 2018 and full accreditation through the Bureau of Jewish Education.


PRE 1 – 3rd GRADE:


Phonemes; Phonics; Basic Mastery of Comprehension (cause & effect); Spelling and using a dictionary; Sentence Structure; Vocabulary; Handwriting (basic strokes, lower and upper case; Introduction to cursive. 


           Shapes; Hands on problem solving; Money; Measurement; Introduction

                 to basic addition, subtraction, weight, place value, graphing; Concept

   of  fractions, multiplication and division; Math Vocabulary


           Experiments, plants & animals; Solids & Liquids; Forces & Motion;

                 Energy; Physical Science & Life Science


           Geography (countries, capitals, maps); Citizenship; Communities; Introduction to                       

                 Native Americans, English Colonies; Explorers.

ART: (Grades 1-3)

            Introduction to the various mediums of art (tempra, charcoal, pastels, etc.);

                    Drawing and shading.




GRADES 4 -5:



         Parts of Speech; Handwriting; Scaffolding Sentences & Vocabulary;

Context Clues; Base & root of words; Suffixes, Prefixes; Synonyms & Antonyms;

Understanding Biographies, Poetry & Non-fiction; Mosdos

Press Literature. 


Scaffolding grades 1-3; Place Value; 2 & 3 digit Division; Introduction to Variables &

Equations; Ratios, Percentages & Statistical Probability;

Addition & Subtraction of Fractions; Integers & Mastery of Multiplication.  


           Electricity; Magnetism; Scientific Investigation; Elements.


             California (Gold Rush, Missions, Spaniards); Spain & Mexico; Introduction

                  to World Geography; continued exploration of map work.


            Exploring intermediate levels of acrylic paints; Creating Murals; Oil Pastels; Pencil                      Sketching. 


GRADES 6-8TH (Bais Rebbe Junior High)


In the middle school, the curriculum is a continuum from grade to grade, each year scaffolding on the previous year.




Fluency:  Read aloud narratives fluently and accurately with appropriate pacing, intonation and expression.


Stories include the subgenres of adventure stories, historical fiction, mysteries, parodies, drama, and poetry. 


Personal essays, writing speeches, writing genres (persuasive essays, opinion pieces, biographies, etc.); writing for research projects, collecting information for

reports; Book Reports, both written and presentation.


The school meets the  Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to prepare students for real life experiences.  Students are taught to use formal English in their papers and speaking, and are taught to make informed, skillful choices among the many ways to express themselves through language.


The students are taught a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, groups and teacher led) with partners, learning how to build on others’ ideas and expressions.


MATH: (The Junior High – grades 6-8th – has two math tracts…standard math and parallel math for students needing additional support understanding the standard curriculum.


Parallel Math concentrates on the fundamentals of math, i.e.: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  It also moves parallel with the regular math curriculum at a slower rate in order to give the students more time to master mathematical concepts.


The Junior High also has a Consumer Math class for the 6th and 7th grades.  This class teaches personal finance, budgets, checking & savings accounts, loans, transportation costs etc.  In this class, the students are also involved with basic math skills such as percentages, how interest is charged, taxes, etc.


6th Grade concentrates on mastering the four math operations.  They learn to apply this knowledge to statistics and probability, understand the concepts of mean, median and mode of data, compounding numbers and conceptually understand and work with ratios and proportions; compute percentages; learn the formulas for circumference and area and work on one-step linear equations.

7th & 8th Grade concentrate on Pre-algebra, learning to manipulate numbers and equations; factoring of numerators and denominators and properties of exponents; compute area and volume; convert different units of measurements; use different representations of fractional numbers (fractions, decimals and percents) and become proficient at changing from one to the other. 

Towards the last few months of the school year, the 8th Grade moves into an

Algebra I math book in order to prepare the students for the rigors of high school





        Outlining, state spelling, introduction  to geography (map reading, continents, oceans, world rivers,         mountains and major cities, lakes, deserts; geography vocabulary, time zones, climate, North         America, Central America, South America)


        Mayan, Aztec, Inca Civilizations; Native Americans; introduction to European History; Explorers to         America; Thirteen Colonies; Beginnings of the Revolutionary War.


7th GRADE:

        Reviewing of outlining, geography, Native Americans, European History, Explorers and the Thirteen         Colonies; The ACTS leading up to the Revolution, The Revolution;

        Beginnings of U.S. Government; Westward Expansion


8th GRADE:


Reviewing of 6th & 7th Grades; United States Government; Economics of the United States



6, 7 & 8th GRADEs:

        Solar System; Atmosphere & Weather; Botany; Animal Cells; Eco-System

        Ecology; Rainforest; Earth Science; Electricity; Nutrition & Physical Fitness


        The junior high learns to do more detailed drawing; Decorating for special events;

        Projects for Fairs; Artwork for the school