Inspiring Collaboration, Innovation & Empowerment
"Climbing Toward College and Career Readiness"
6555 Sylmar Avenue - Van Nuys, CA 91401
Phone: (818) 994-2904 Fax: (818) 994-8096
13400 Erwin Street - Van Nuys, CA 91401
Phone: (818) 787-8521 Fax: (818) 786-3627
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ACS offers a collaborative, experiential learning environment that emphasizes individual student achievement and inspires children to reach beyond themselves. The implementation of its curriculum is grounded on recent empirical research in constructivist theory (Piaget, Dewey, Bruner, Eisner), and best instructional strategies (Marzano). To this end the school will pursue the following goals:
All curriculum design is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Standardized testing required by the State will be an integral part of our assessment.
School developed benchmark assessments, such as, rubrics, project, student portfolios and student exhibits are an integral part of our ongoing assessment of student progress.
Lessons will be taught across the disciplines through project-based curriculum
Provide a collaborative experiential learning environment for students to develop their interpersonal skills and nurture mutual respect, civic responsibility and life-long learning
Common Core Standards
Provided overview to Governing Board (GB) about the implementation of the Common Core standards
Activated GB education implementation committee to review staff development, transition plan, and resources
Formed a school based advisory committee (Principal, Coordinator, 2 teachers)
Conducted local needs assessment to identify needs and set priorities for professional learning and develop local professional learning plan based on identified needs and full implementation in 2014-15.
Ararat Charter School is committed to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards initiative knowing that it establishes the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. We have a four-year plan to transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which began to take shape in the fall of 2011 with awareness building. Understanding that this shift to new standards will be a fluid process, the plan is a living document and is reviewed frequently to ensure that our professional development, programs adopted by the Governing Board are current with Common Core mandates. In addition, built within the plan are professional development activities to examine how the parallelism between the instructional strategies described in the new Frameworks are aligned with our constructivist approach to teaching.
Our Common Core State Standards plan is designed to serve as a pathway towards a multi year implementation of the CCSS. The school will monitor the implementation plan on a regular basis and make the necessary adjustments. These modifications will be designed to ensure seamless transition towards the implementation of CCCS with the goal of maximizing student achievement. In preparation of the transition, the school took the following measures;
ACS understands that the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will focus on instruction around concepts and skills to help students develop a deeper understanding of core material and develop critical thinking skills across the disciplines. The implementation of our plan began in the fall of 2011 with awareness-building among our teachers and administrators about the instructional shifts within the new standards. The school gained the understanding that the standards:
Are aligned with college and work expectations;
Are clear, understandable and consistent;
Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
one child at a time
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