Instructional Methods

Category: Academic

The School will look to create a culture of departure from the traditional stand and deliver methods used in many schools. Instruction will focus on inquiry-based, real-world learning. The following research-based instructional strategies will be utilized throughout the curriculum to maximize successful mastery of NGSSS and CCSS and demonstrate The School’s commitment to providing differentiation of instruction to benefit all students:

Direct Instruction: Explicit and systematic instruction through specific explanation and modeling that maintains standards as the focal point of learning. Instruction is structured and based on mastery.

Differentiated Instruction: Teachers adapt instruction to meet the varying levels and needs of students.

Scaffolding: Teachers provide support structures to advance student learning. Over time, structures are removed as students gain autonomy and are able to direct their own learning.

Cooperative Learning: Small groups are guided through purpose-driven learning sessions that increase communication and team-building skills.

Use of Advance Organizers and Graphic Organizers: Students learn to strategically organize, store, retrieve, and apply information through the use of anticipation guides, thinking maps, webs, and KWL and other charts.

Inquiry-Based Learning: This approach focuses on application of knowledge through real-world problem solving. The teacher becomes only a guide in the process of discovery as students engage in learning that promotes critical thinking and decisionmaking skills.

Project-Based Learning [PBL]: In addition to the aforementioned strategies, PBL

Curriculum Approach

Category: Academic

The curriculum approach for The School will focus on all students obtaining a high level of rigor and relevance across all content areas. One of the reasons for this particular focus is the State of Florida’s transition from using the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Generation to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Assessment over the next 3-7 years will evolve to be more rigorous (i.e., require analysis,synthesis and evaluation as identified by the Knowledge Taxonomy of the Rigor/Relevance Framework®) and more real-world relevant (i.e., interdisciplinary, real-world predictable or unpredictable

situations as identified by the Application Model of the Rigor/Relevance Framework) (International Center for Leadership in Education, 2011).

lmPicture 036In order to elevate student learning to this level of rigor, The School will implement a studentfocused approach to instruction, also known as active learning. In this approach, students are actively engaged in problem solving, formulating questions, and debating and discussing. This type of learning enhances each student’s acquisition of critical thinking, in-depth understanding of course material, and confidence. This student-focused approach will be evident throughout this application, as it will be evident throughout The School’s classrooms.

Our Program

Category: Academic

We are committed to a high quality education, community involvement, extracurricular clubs, athletics and the development of well-rounded scholars.

•A Miami-Dade County Tuition Free Public Charter School.

•9th – 10th grade college preparatory institution. Rigorous curriculum including advanced academic programs: Honors, STEM and CTE courses.10 school sponsored clubs.

•Athletic sports.

•Students develop creativity through history, theory and techniques essential to excellence.

•Dedicated to the emotional and social development of our students in a nurturing and safe environment.

•Fifteen classrooms.

•Media Center and Virtual Library.

•3 Computer Labs.

•Mobile Tablets.

•Promethean Boards in all classrooms.

 

High Schools Academics


English Department
Math Department
Science Department
Social Studies Department
Electives Department
English I
Algebra I
Physical Science
World History
Personal Fitness
English I Honors
Geometry
Biology
 
Team Sport I and II
English II
Algebra II
Chemistry
 
Spanish I, II
English II Honors
 
 
 
AP Spanish
ESOL Levels I, II, III, IV
 
 
 
Journalism
Intensive Reading
 
 
 
Introduction to Art History
English through ESOL
 
 
 
 

 

2014-2015 Curriculum Bulletin

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