Curriculum & Instruction

At Lakeland School, we believe that all students can learn. Therefore, we celebrate our students' diverse talents and abilities. We wholeheartedly embrace the belief that every child deserves, and has the right to, a rigorous quality education taught by dynamic teachers committed to reaching all students.

Essential Elements

At Lakeland, curriculum for English/Language Arts, Math, and Science is built upon the Essential Elements:

Lakeland School's Standards Based Report Card is a consistent way to report grades for all students, Kindergarten through grade 12. Students will be graded in Core subject areas (English Language Arts*, Mathematics*, Science, Social Studies), Specials (Art, Music, PE), STEAM (grades 6-12), and Core Communication (grades 6-12). *Aligned to Wisconsin's Essential Elements.

Watch the Standards Based Report Card Video to learn more.

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Lakeland students access learning through lessons built upon Universal Design for Learning (UDL):

  • Based on brain research
  • Provides multiple means of access, assessment, and engagement
  • Scientifically valid framework
  • Supports Lakeland's philosophy that a one-size-fits-all approach to education is not effective

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

In addition to multiple methods to monitor students' on-going progress, students are assessed with the DLM:

  • Administered on an individual basis
  • Allows students with significant disabilities to show what they know
  • Grades 3 to 11 in English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • Grades 4 and 8 to 11 in Science
  • Grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies
  • Untimed online assessment

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Click here for more information on Wisconsin Alternate Assessment

June/junio 2023

Lakeland Families / familias de la región de los lagos,

Thank you for your support in completing the Spring 2023 Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) state-wide assessment. All students and teachers put forth wonderful effort to meet requirements for Lakeland School.

Looking ahead: the 2024 DLM assessment will take place between March 18 and April 26. We will share more information as the timeline approaches.

Gracias por su apoyo para completar la evaluación estatal de Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) de la primavera de 2023. Todos los estudiantes y maestros hicieron un gran esfuerzo para cumplir con los requisitos de la Escuela Lakeland.

De cara al futuro: la evaluación DLM de 2024 se llevará a cabo entre el 18 de marzo y el 26 de abril. Compartiremos más información a medida que se acerque el cronograma.

Sincerely / Atentamente,

Holly L. Smith, Director of Curriculum / Directora de Currículo

State & National Experts

Lakeland continually networks with state and national experts in the educational field (special education and academic content) to provide teachers access to curricular materials and instructional strategies that are reflective of the most current research-based, best-practice approaches for teaching academics.


Building quality curriculum at Lakeland is a continual work in progress. This quality educational experience could not be possible without the dedicated Lakeland teachers who are willing to continually adjust curriculum and instruction in order to afford our students the best academic experience possible.