Educational Philosophy and Plans

Educational Philosophy

 In order for students to maximize their educational experience, students need to come to school on time every day, prepared to learn. Schools need to provide students with a safe, high-quality learning environment to facilitate learning and highly-qualified teachers to provide instruction. Highly-qualified teachers are those who continually strive to improve their profession through collaboration, the inclusion of research-based strategies, and the pursuit of formal educational experiences beyond a teaching credential. College awareness is crucial for our students because many of them may lack the knowledge of costs of college, availability of scholarships and financial aid, career paths, and economic value of higher education. Family involvement is critical for student success, therefore parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in their child's education by taking on leadership roles at the school or volunteering at school. At minimum, parents must support their child by providing a home environment that supports academic success, such as advocating for good grades and higher education, engaging students by asking about their education experiences, reading with their child, or providing educational experiences such as museum visits. With the understanding that "it takes a village" to raise a child, integration of the community into the school experience will be critical in providing an identity to our students. Therefore, community members will be sought for leadership and mentor roles. Students will also be strongly encouraged to give back to their community through volunteering.

Assessment Measures

Vinedale College Preparatory Academy will follow a standards-based curriculum and use research-based instructional strategies in order to meet the needs of all students. One core strategy that will be emphasized is Culturally Relevant and Responsive Education (CRRE), differentiated instruction that uses cultural capital, student experiences, and frames of reference to make learning encounters more relevant and effective for students. Personalized instruction will help the students develop learner agency. Personalized learning will identify and monitor the students’ modalities and preferences to ensure their learning needs are met. Some instructional strategies that will be implemented include differentiated instruction, cooperative learning, and project-based learning.

 

Students will be tested in all subjects throughout the school year. Testing will include 8-week examination in reading and math, student in grades 3-8 will take the SBAC interim assessments, teacher-developed criterion referenced tests, English language portfolios compiled throughout the year, and state-mandated tests each spring. Academic performance goals will include reading and math goals in which students will score passing marks on all teacher and district assessments, which will lead to at or above standard scores on SBAC. The student assessments will be in the form of Interim Assessments as mandated by LAUSD, ELPAC (The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California), SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), and project-based portfolios.