Ensuring a high quality educational experience and skills relevant to the 21st century
We are a public school grant program. We grade on a Pass/Fail
system because it allows us to work toward mastery of material with
out the emphasis of letter grades. This helps to reduce stress and
allows students to concentrate on material being learned without
the fear of failure. Our students are held to academic expectations
similar to other students in the more traditional setting.
The seventh-grade math curriculum allows students to progress at
their own rate. Units are designed so that students master
concepts, taking in account their level of ability. This is
accomplished with one-on-one help provided by a core teacher, and a
teacher assistant. Special-needs teachers are involved on a regular
basis to provide extra onto-on-one help and to assure IEP goals are
met as they work toward mastery.
The eighth-grade math is more structured as students are able to
work toward objectives in a larger group as result of their
progression through the seventh grade program the previous year.
The extra help provided in the seventh-grade program is also
available in the eighth-grade program.
We do use several Connected Mathematic Program books as
students' progress indicates they are ready. This is a math program
that requires much reading and problem0-solving with an emphasis on
making a connection to real-life application.
This subject provides a computer-generated reading program that
allows students to progress at their own level. The students who
show a need for additional help got he reading lab and work with a
teacher and a full-time teacher assistant. We have seen much growth
through the use of this program.
Students who do not need the computer program attend a more
traditional reading class. We use a seventh grade reading text and
cover several novels: "Toughing Spirit Bear" by Ben Mikaelsen and
"Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen to mention two.
The science program is hands-on. The students discover concepts
through experimentation, while having a lot of fun doing it. They
then tie the concepts learned into their science curriculum. We
urge middle school students who want to study high-interest units
such as: Flight, Planets, Elements, DNA, and Newton's Toy Box
to join the Edge (Alternative Education) program and have a great
time learning through doing.
We have seen great results with the approximately 40 students
who work in this non-traditional learning program. We place a
strong emphasis on being accountable, successful, and
community-orientated, by working together to achieve our service
and educational goals.