Our Specialized Academic Program

Individualized CurriculumPrivate school students

The Arch Acad­emy offers stu­dents access to an indi­vid­u­al­ized cur­ricu­lum that is aligned with state stan­dards. Indi­vid­u­al­ized cur­ricu­lum is dis­tin­guished from inde­pen­dent study cur­ricu­lum by the unique instruc­tional method­olo­gies and aca­d­e­mic oppor­tu­ni­ties that we make avail­able to our stu­dents. As part of our indi­vid­u­al­ized cur­ricu­lum, we only assign one core sub­ject course semes­ter to stu­dents at a time. Stu­dents are also con­cur­rently enrolled in Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion, Daily Oral Lan­guage, and Stu­dent Sup­port Life Man­age­ment Sem­i­nar. This allows stu­dents to focus on one sub­ject at a time to help ensure mas­tery of the mate­r­ial. Another fea­ture of our indi­vid­u­al­ized cur­ricu­lum is that stu­dents may also sub­sti­tute cre­ative projects that incor­po­rate the learn­ing objec­tives of a mod­ule con­sis­tent with state stan­dards. Stu­dents are allowed to cre­ate sub­sti­tu­tions to their project-based cur­ricu­lum because it enables them to learn in a famil­iar or alter­na­tive modal­ity. Stu­dent sub­sti­tu­tions include, film doc­u­men­taries, music com­po­si­tion and per­for­mances, as well as the­atri­cal per­for­mances and expe­ri­en­tial excursions.

Honors Pod

The Honors Humanities Pod is made up of an engaging curriculum utilizing discussion based on methodologies crafted by the masters of the past, relevant to today and revolutionizing the future through analytical debate and practices.

The Honors Math and Science Pod, also known as the Advanced Projects Pod, encourages students to discover and create connections between the concepts and theories discussed in their math and science textbooks. Students work as a team to design experiments, build models and research papers to convey and defend their opinions on the subjects they are learning about. These students are preparing themselves for colleges and careers that will require them to think outside the box and be able to defend their own theories.

Individualized Learning

The Arch Acad­emy engages stu­dents in a rig­or­ous stan­dards based cur­ricu­lum with one-on-one instruc­tion and guid­ance from teach­ers and cross-aged tutor­ing. Mas­tery based learn­ing is expected to be achieved by all stu­dents. When mas­tery is not met by a stu­dent on ini­tial basis, teach­ers work with stu­dents indi­vid­u­ally to ensure each stu­dent has mas­tered the nec­es­sary mate­r­ial. Mas­tery based learn­ing is expected for all stu­dents, while the style or method of learn­ing is not held exact for each stu­dent. The Arch Acad­emy under­stands that each stu­dent learns and thrives in their own indi­vid­ual method. Stu­dents who are more visual learn­ing ori­ented can com­plete their work through pic­tures or videos while some stu­dents may choose to read mate­r­ial on audio text pro­vided. The Arch Acad­emy pro­motes and expects each stu­dent to self-advocate for their own indi­vid­ual needs. A staff mem­ber works with each stu­dent to cre­ate his or her own pac­ing guide, goals, and col­lege plan.

Skills Improvement

Each day, stu­dents gather together with a teacher in a direct instruc­tional for­mat for fif­teen min­utes to com­plete the Skills Improve­ment course. Each stu­dent has the oppor­tu­nity to engage the class as a peer vol­un­teer instruc­tor while other stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in the les­son plan. All stu­dents receive five elec­tive cred­its after one year com­ple­tion of the course. Stu­dents review, prac­tice, and strengthen skills nec­es­sary to improve col­lege prepara­tory abil­i­ties. Stu­dents exe­cute sev­eral tasks focus­ing on vocab­u­lary, read­ing com­pre­hen­sion, gram­mar, and over­all test-taking skills. Stu­dents com­plete prac­tice PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests and Barron’s math review along with infor­ma­tive lec­tures from teachers.

Life Management Seminar

Sem­i­nar is the cor­ner­stone of the The Arch Acad­emy ped­a­gogy. The pur­pose is to pro­vide feed­back and sup­port for stu­dents on issues related to recov­ery and daily school expe­ri­ences. Stu­dents are encour­aged to address prob­lems occur­ring with fam­ily, peers, teach­ers, and admin­is­tra­tors. The school encour­ages stu­dent peers to be con­sis­tent with the model “what is said in here stays in here” until the issues have been addressed and resolved by admin­is­tra­tion. Meet­ings are typ­i­cally held each day and may be divided by age, sub­ject, or gen­der. Stu­dents receive five aca­d­e­mic cred­its upon com­ple­tion of one year and two Pre­sen­ta­tions of Port­fo­lios (POPs).

Fast ForWord

The Arch Acad­emy uses Fast For­Word soft­ware to enhance read­ing skills in our stu­dents. Fast For­Word devel­ops and strength­ens mem­ory, atten­tion, pro­cess­ing rate, and sequencing—the cog­ni­tive skills essen­tial for learn­ing and read­ing suc­cess. The strength­en­ing of these skills results in a wide range of improved crit­i­cal lan­guage and read­ing skills such as phono­log­i­cal aware­ness, phone­mic aware­ness, flu­ency, vocab­u­lary, com­pre­hen­sion, decod­ing, work­ing mem­ory, syn­tax, gram­mar, and other skills nec­es­sary to learn how to read or to become a bet­ter reader. For more infor­ma­tion about this read­ing inter­ven­tion prod­uct and its suc­cess, visit Sci­en­tific Learn­ing

Physical Education

The Arch Acad­emy expects stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in its rig­or­ous and chal­leng­ing phys­i­cal edu­ca­tion pro­gram. Parental sup­port, in this area of the school ped­a­gogy, is crit­i­cal to stu­dent suc­cess. The Arch Acad­emy moti­vates stu­dents to become healthy indi­vid­u­als in mind and body and views ath­let­ics as an essen­tial com­po­nent to build­ing healthy self esteem through high expec­ta­tions. Each stu­dent par­tic­i­pates in some form of phys­i­cal edu­ca­tion for a min­i­mum of one hour per day, five days a week. Gen­er­ally, this includes run­ning and swim­ming, but may also include other sports and fit­ness chal­lenges. The Pres­i­den­tial Fit­ness Chal­lenge is held twice a year, usu­ally in June and December.

Nutrition

Good nutrition is a key component to becoming a healthy and productive member of society. The Arch Academy wants to ensure that all of our students head to college upon graduation with the necessary skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating nutritious foods as well as practicing regular physical fitness. Every Thursday, the students participate in a 45-minute presentation and discuss topics such as obesity and its impact upon society, common nutrition and fitness myths, proper strength training methods, the importance of aerobic and anaerobic systems training, how to read nutrition labels and ingredient lists, and many other topics. This helps the students to understand the importance of nutrition and fitness, and to have the resources to do further research on their own. 

Curriculum

All stu­dents are pro­vided with access to and par­tic­i­pa­tion in a rig­or­ous, rel­e­vant, standards-based cur­ricu­lum. In grades K –12, the school cur­ricu­lum is based not only on the School Life-Learning Goals (SLG’s), but also on the Cal­i­for­nia State frame­work for each sub­ject area. In addi­tion, we offer hon­ors courses for every core sub­ject (Eng­lish, Math­e­mat­ics, Sci­ence, and Social Stud­ies). All courses needed to grad­u­ate and enroll into the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia (UC) or Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity col­lege sys­tem, are approved by the UC a-g course list.Complete Course List

 

 

 

 

 

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