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Curriculum Differentiation

The Rochester Community Schools curriculum is based on Michigan standards and benchmarks that require the use of higher order thinking skills. Classroom teachers utilize these benchmarks to challenge their students to think, work, and produce at a meaningful level. The goal of a differentiated classroom is to maximize student growth and individual success.

Curriculum Differentiation allows teachers to provide a variety of opportunities for learning within the classroom community. Teachers assess students in order to provide the best possible instruction. Students engage in many different thinking processes and open-ended activities to learn about a topic. Support and practice is given to students so that they may experience success in an enriched curriculum.

Specials Classes – Curriculum Differentiation



Art classes begin with group lessons demonstrating a technique or project. These are carefully selected to be developmentally appropriate and are integrated into each grade level's curriculum. Students then work on their projects with individualized instruction and assistance. The process is considered to be more important than the finished product. Students are encouraged to build on their prior skills and knowledge to produce a variety of art works throughout the year.


Students are assisted in selecting books of an appropriate level and topic. They receive instruction in computer competency based on their skill levels. Students learn to use various forms of technology that will complement classroom assignments and research projects.


Students will gain a better understanding of music through listening, performing, creating and problem solving in both small and large groups. These activities help the individual needs of every student to be met as well as the opportunity to experience music on many different levels.


Activities in Physical Education classes are adapted to meet the physical capabilities of the students. These include modifications whenever needed with game rules, creative movement lessons, and pace. Ability levels are also accommodated with partner activities and cooperative groupings.