On-going student assessment to ensure individualized instruction
All students are baseline tested on a nationally normed test. Those demonstrating a weakness receive “targeted assistance”, 45 minutes per day, five days per week.
Students identified for targeted assistance must attend Saturday Academy tutoring for nineteen weeks from 9:00 AM to 12 noon.
Partnership with parents/guardian ensures that the child receives a uniform message.
Parents are held accountable for attendance and homework.
Parents are provided a monthly syllabus.
Parents are provided with progress reports six times a year.
Parents of students in grades 3-8 receive intensive training on the ELA/Mathematics exams.
Letters in recognition of a child’s progress are sent home.
Parents are welcome to visit the school and observe their child in the classroom setting.
The curriculum is rigorous and challenges the children.
The extended school day and year, as well as the reduced class size of 18, ensure the individualized attention and support that is needed to maximize each child’s learning.
All children use grade level texts.
Individualized assessment ensures that all students are challenged and progressing.
Success is recognized and celebrated each month with awards and honor rolls.
Homework is not optional.
Attendance is not optional. Parents of absent children are called by 9:00 AM to determine the cause for the absence. All children must bring a note to school upon returning from an absence. Attendance is personally monitored by the principal and posted on the parent bulletin board. Our attendance rate averages 95% each month.
Mentors (including the principal) are assigned to meet on a daily basis with targeted children and monitor homework, class work, tests and attendance.
Disruptive behavior is dealt with firmly, swiftly and fairly.
A literature-rich environment is provided all students
All classrooms have hundreds of library books, including world famous children’s literature.
Children are required to borrow books from the class library. Teachers monitor their borrowing.
All classrooms are rich with technology: computers, smartboards, wireless access and an extensive tech library made up of CDs and DVDs.