Universal Design

YPICS uses universal design for learning (UDL) principles to develop and select curriculum that provides ALL individuals with equal opportunities to learn. UDL is designed to serve ALL learners, regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, or cultural and linguistic background. UDL provides a blueprint for designing goals, methods, materials, and assessments to reach ALL students including those with diverse needs. Grounded in research of learner differences and effective instructional settings, UDL principles call for varied and flexible ways to:

  • Present or access information, concepts, and ideas (the “what” of learning).
  • Plan and execute learning tasks (the “how” of learning).
  • Get engaged—and stay engaged—in learning (the “why” of learning).

UDL is different from other approaches to curriculum design in that educators begin the design process expecting the curriculum to be used by a diverse set of students with varying skills and abilities.


SFA – Reading Edge

SFAF’s Common Core aligned middle and high school programs extend cooperative learning and detailed, effective lessons into the upper grades.  All students learn the skills and strategies they need to read, comprehend, and analyze the complex content area texts they encounter in middle and high school and the strategies taught provide necessary supports for English Language Learners and students with special needs. These programs are also designed to accelerate the academic development of struggling older students until they are achieving at, or above, grade level.



Achieve3000 is the leader in differentiated online instruction, serving more than one million students across the United States. In 2011, Inc. magazine included Achieve3000 on its annual 500/5000 list for the fifth consecutive year, the exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

Achieve provides the only web-based, differentiated instruction solutions designed to reach a school’s entire student population — mainstream, English Language Learners, special needs, and gifted. In addition to KidBiz3000®, TeenBiz3000®, Empower3000™ and other literacy solutions, Achieve launched its first differentiated core curriculum solution, eScience3000® in 2011.

TeenBiz® is a differentiated online literacy solution for grades 6-8 that reaches every student at his or her individualized Lexile®/reading level. Importantly, TeenBiz closely aligns with the objectives of the Common Core State Standards to give students the content area literacy skills they need to succeed on the standards and prepare for college and career.

Powered Achieve3000’s LevelSet™ Lexile assessment tool and proprietary software engine that distributes assignments to the entire class, but tailors them according to each student’s reading level. By doing so,TeenBiz enables all students to make continual progress and improvement.

Most important of all, TeenBiz is scientifically proven to accelerate reading comprehension, fluency, writing proficiency, vocabulary development and high-stakes test scores. In fact, national studies show that TeenBiz enables students to double-to-triple expected reading gains in just 40 sessions.


Study Island

Founded in 2000, Study Island, an Edmentum product, helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. We provide standards-based instructional, practice, assessment, and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via our web-based platforms.

Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement. Study Island’s programs enable educators to track student performance in real-time to address individual learning gaps, while allowing administrators to monitor student progress and measure teacher effectiveness.


Adaptive Curriculum

An online program to support learning in math and science.  The content is common core aligned and engages students through interactive lessons and activities.  Supports and adaptations for ELLs and students with special needs are available for both subjects.