High Scope

MLS International High Scope Program

How is High Scope implemented in the classroom?

  • Students are assessed based on a 37 point Child Observation Record (COR), in 6 different areas of Development.
  • Lessons are developed to meet students needs based on this assessment.
  • Through small group, large group, and center times, the teacher hones in on each child’s needs.

What does a High Scope day look like?

  • Morning Meeting (10-15 min): Students gather together to discuss activities for the day, review the past day, introduce new material.
  • Planning Time (10–15 minutes): Students make a plan encourages cognitive development and critical thinking skills.
  • Work Time (45–60 minutes): Work time involves developmentally appropriate activities with cleanup time at the end of the block. Students play in centers throughout the room, which includes Art Center, Block Center, Home Center, Toy Center, Dress up Center, Sensory Table, and Reading Center. Teachers play with children, guide them when needing to problem solve, listen to conversations, developing vocabulary and introduce or develop numeracy & literacy skills through play. Throughout Work Time, teachers are writing anecdotes that will later be used to develop lessons based on child interests and needs.
  • Recall Time (10–15 minutes): Children review the activities they engaged in during work time.
  • Small-group Time: Groups of 8-9 children work with teachers to develop literacy, numeracy or art skills. All lessons must include choice, and provide manipulative for each child to use.
  • Outside Time (30–40 minutes): During this time teachers play outdoors with children making note of interests, vocabulary, and problem solving skills.
  • Adult Team Planning Time: Teachers gather on a daily basis to review notes taken throughout the day and make plans for the next (20–40 minutes)