Curriculum and Assessment

Curriculum and Assessment

Curriculum Information

All Portage Learning Centers use the HighReach Learning Curriculum for Pre-K. The goals of the HighReach curriculum are to integrate subject areas in order to make learning meaningful and fun. HighReach facilitates the development of the whole child and is flexible enough to individualize to the needs of each child.

HighReach learning is aligned with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and is aligned with Ohio’s Early Learning Content Standards.

The curriculum addresses development in eight learning domains:

  • Language Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Physical Health and Development


  • The HighReach Learning Curriculum for Pre-K is structured around three ideas:

    1. Children learn in the real world with real materials and real people. The HighReach Learning Zones are used to support this principle. Learning Zones are a unique way of thinking about more than one kind of learning at a time. They are woven into every experience to allow focus on multiple learning opportunities in one lesson.

    2. Children learn best when they are learning about what interests them. In the HighReach Curriculum for Pre-K, a concept web is used to outline one central topic with four sub-topics. The web provides a map of potential ideas, facts, and understandings of high interest to young children. Children are encouraged to use their own initiative to share in the creation of the web, sharing what they know and what they would like to learn about. Examples of the webs can be viewed by clicking here.

    3. Each child’s potential for learning is greatly increased when the family is involved with the curriculum. The High Reach Learning Curriculum supports teachers and parents in maintaining close communication and enhances rich language and learning opportunities for all children in school and at home.