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Academics Overview

Curriculum and Instruction

 

The Charter School shall provide curriculum for grades K-12 that is based on adopted state standards. The following provides a more detailed description of the curriculum that will be offered by SCALE Academy.

 

English Language Arts

 

The English curriculum is based on California Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts and emphasizes the development of skills and strategies students need to thrive as readers, writers, speakers and listeners in college settings and in life. SCALE Leadership Academy will:

 

  • Integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening to form a greater understanding of history-social science, mathematics, and science.
  • Develop important “habits of mind” in the form of evidence, connections and patterns, supposition, and meaning that will produce active and thoughtful writers, poets, researchers, and speakers.
  • Teach students to read with ease, fluency, and enjoyment.
  • Expose students to multi-cultural fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, and scripts.
  • Teach students to write with clarity, expression, and purpose.
  • Coach students to deliver and critique oral presentations effectively.
  • Engage students to reflect upon ways literature and writing impact their lives through authentic writing and multi-cultural literature selections.
  • Integrate appropriate technology and technological analysis into the study of English-Language Arts.
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Mathematics

 

SCALE Leadership Academy’s mathematics curriculum will be based on California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Students will acquire a combination of mathematical hands-on skills and conceptual understanding. In the area of curriculum development and mathematic instruction, SCALE Leadership Academy will:

 

  • Implement and refine a mathematics curriculum that incorporates the grade-level curriculum content specified in the Mathematics Common Core Standards
  • Integrate the core concepts of numbers, algebra, geometry, and statistics into a greater understanding of science, history-social science, and language arts.
  • Develop important “habits of mind” in the form of evidence, connections and patterns, supposition, and meaning that will produce active and thoughtful mathematicians and statisticians.
  • Teach students to understand and intuitively use mathematical reasoning: analyzing a problem; estimating a solution; expressing a clear solution and process; and checking validity of results.
  • Engage students to reflect upon ways mathematical concepts and theories impact their lives through real life examples and problems.
  • Integrate appropriate technology and technological concepts into the study of mathematics.

 

History and Social Science

 

History/Social Studies instruction is based on California state content standards and on California's Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Students will learn about important events and documents shaping history as well as explore fundamental concepts of geography, economics, political science and sociology. In the area of curriculum development and history-social sciences instruction, SCALE Leadership Academy will:

 

  • Implement and refine a history and social sciences curriculum that incorporates the grade-level curriculum content specified by expectations.
  • Integrate the core concepts of history and the social sciences into a greater understanding of science, mathematics, and language arts.
  • Develop important “habits of mind” in the form of evidence, connections and patterns, supposition, and meaning that will produce active and thoughtful historians and social scientists. Present history through primary sources such as art, letters, music, maps, and personal accounts.

Science

 

SCALE Leadership Academy’s science curriculum will be based on the Next Generation Science Standards and on California’s Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History, Science, and Technical Subjects. SCALE Leadership Academy will:

 

  • Integrate the core concepts of earth science, life science, and physical science into a greater understanding of history-social science, mathematics, and language arts.
  • Develop important “habits of mind” in the form of evidence, connections and patterns, supposition, and meaning that will produce active and thoughtful scientists.
  • Teach students to understand and intuitively use the scientific method: identify a problem; pose relevant questions; state a hypothesis; conduct an experiment; understand the variables; analyze the data; and reach a conclusion or solution that serves as the hypothesis for the next round of inquiry.
  • Provide opportunities for lab experiments, field trips, and service learning where students gather, manipulate and record data from their community to better understand the natural world around them.
  • Engage students to reflect upon ways scientific concepts and theories impact their lives through their environmental and personal health.
  • Integrate appropriate technology and technological concepts into the study of science.
Physical Education

 

The curriculum for physical education will be aligned with the goals expressed in the California Physical Education Model Content Standards and frameworks. The physical education curriculum is designed to develop movement skills and knowledge, to develop a positive self-image, to encourage physical, personal, and social development, and to develop healthy living, social, and interpersonal skills. The curriculum includes but is not limited to the following skill areas: sensory and perceptual skills, loco-motor and non-loco motor skills, balance, eye/hand/ and other general coordination skills. Students are instructed in the rules of many traditional games and sports with the aim of instilling a sense of strategy, a cooperative attitude, and a sense of fair play. Students learn to work and play effectively within team dynamics, to appreciate and respect all students’ abilities, and not to exclude others because of superficial, cosmetic, or behavioral qualities. Students learn to play roles of leadership, or subordination to a common goal when appropriate. Most importantly, students come to recognize and are encouraged to act positively on the strong ligaments between physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

 

Advisory Curriculum

 

Advisory is a structure in which a teacher and a small group of students meet regularly for academic guidance to coordinate ways for students to be successful and connect to a peer group. SCALE Leadership Academy believes that the advisory curriculum will help students build a strong support system, social networks, and social capital. It will also increase access to teachers who will have a greater opportunity to serve as institutional agents to key resources. The Advisory curriculum will be designed to prepare students to take on ever increasing leadership roles and will support the school mission by helping the student build the essential skills necessary for success.

 

Skills to be obtained and developed during the Advisory period:

 

  • Global Awareness
  • Global Citizenship
  • Community Building
  • Life Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • College Awareness
  • College Preparation
  • Service Learning
  • Enrichment
  • Self-Discovery

 

Fine Arts
 

We believe that artistic expression and creativity are essential to building mental and emotional health as well as intellectual and social development. For this reason, SLA is believes a key part of our mission is to shape and encourage the whole child. To achieve this SLA will offer a fine arts curriculum that will draw on the Common Core standards and frameworks for Visual and Performing Arts. The fine arts curriculum will provide options for students to pursue their interests in visual and performing arts, aesthetic studies, and art and art theory. Students will have the option to begin with basic skills in the various arts and will have the option to move on to more specialized or advanced classes.

Foreign Language

 

SCALE believes foreign language proficiency is an essential skill for educated individuals in the 21st century. Beginning in the elementary grades SLA students are provided the opportunity to engage in foreign language activities beginning in grades K-5 and are expected to gradually increase fluency in a foreign language in the secondary grades. Student can chose between several language options that include Latin, German, French, Chinese, and Spanish. The foreign language component will support SLA’s mission to promote cultural competence, global citizens, and future leaders. By the time SLA students graduate, students will development a competent understanding of conversation communication in one foreign language and will have a deeper understanding of the customs, values, and traditions that are unique to their chosen language of study. The foreign language curriculum is offered through the online learning systems and projects are embedded in each course to allow students to activate learned language skills.  

 

Technology Curriculum

 

To support its mission of preparing students for success in high school, college, and beyond, SCALE will implement a supplemental technology curriculum that is designed to integrate core academic content standards and essential technology standards in the Computer Literacy elective.

 

To achieve this aim, teachers and administrators will engage in cross-curricular planning sessions where staff will establish ideas, plans, goals, and expectations for implementation. During cross-curricular planning sessions, the computer literacy teacher will work collaboratively with other teachers to integrate standards and objectives in daily technology lessons, units, and projects. During cross-curricular planning, sessions two essential questions will be addressed: 1) How can the computer literacy elective integrate core academic standards? and, 2) How can core academic subjects integrate technology standards?

 

SCALE is committed to developing a supplemental technology curriculum that incorporates instructional strategies that will boost achievement and engage students in effective, fun, and meaningful learning experiences. The commitment to integrate core content in the Computer Literacy elective will provide students with a more in depth study of key standards and will allow students to more effectively transfer knowledge to more advanced levels of mastery.

 

Community Service Learning

 

SCALE students will be expected to complete a set number of community service hours per year. This will vary by grade level. The intent to create expectations by which students learn about the benefits and the necessity of service to their communities and neighborhoods and for the benefit of others.

 

Enrichment Activities

 

While not mandatory, SCALE encourages students to participate in at least one enrichment activity per week. Enrichment activities provide opportunities for all students to get remedial help when needed, get involved in extra-curricular activities, build strong relationships, explore their interests, and build character.

 

The Enrichment program involves collaboration among parents, youth, representatives from schools and governmental agencies, such as local law enforcement and local parks and recreation departments, and individuals from SCALE Leadership Academy and community-based organizations as well as the private sector.