EDGE Program

Program Overview

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.

Math

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.

Reading

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.

Science

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.

In Conclusion

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.

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