Introduction to HighScope Curriculum
Informed by research (e.g., The Perry Study, etc.), the HighScope® curriculum, which has been evolving since 1970, revolutionized early childhood education with a new approach to teaching and learning. Research-based and child-focused, the HighScope® Curriculum uses a carefully designed process — called “active participatory learning” — to achieve powerful, positive outcomes.
The HighScope Curriculum® helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning, while promoting independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving — fundamental skills that help determine success. The curriculum stresses the following goals:
To learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas.
To become independent, responsible, and confident — ready for school and ready for life.
To learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and what they have learned.
To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social, and physical areas.
HighScope® is used throughout the United States and in many countries internationally including Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
High Scope® is comprised of eight core areas that involve 58 key development indicators to support assessment of a child’s development and learning.