18 Be enthusiastic about going to school! Teachers will: Openly and publically state homework assignments with clear, concise directions. Allow time for student to ask clarifying questions on the nature of assignments. Remain sensitive to the availability of materials and provide alternate options when needed. Ensure that students know the make-up homework policy when absent. Maintain a clear and careful record of all graded homework done by students. Give timely and specific feedback on homework. Monitor and scaffold long-term assignments to optimize student effort and completion rate. CORE CURRICULUM The school’s curriculum is based on California’s Common Core. The California Common Core Standards are used to guide curriculum and instruction at each grade level. The school provides rigorous common core textbooks for each student in reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Some of our textbooks are available for use electronically within the school. Core and enrichment literature books are available at each grade level. Supplementary materials are used to provide reinforcement, remedial, and enrichment instruction. BALANCED CURRICULUM Students are provided with a highly structured program in reading, mathematics, written, and oral language at every grade level. In addition, students receive daily instruction in the application of skills and opportunities for higher level thinking. Students are presented rich children’s literature to read and they have the opportunity to write their own compositions and stories. They are instructed on how to solve challenging real-life problems and use hands-on materials to better understand mathematical and scientific concepts. Finally, they learn about current events and history of their area, state, nation, and the world. STUDENT ASSESSMENT Students’ skill levels and progress in mastering the core curriculum are assessed the following ways: Summative and formative assessments as needed for core subjects. Benchmark tests in reading, writing, and mathematics each semester. Teacher observation and anecdotal records. State content standards tests in grades 2 - 11 (NEW Smarter Balanced testing) California English Language Development Test (CELDT) for English Learners and second language students California Exit Exam (CAHSEE) for graduating high school students. Advanced Placement Testing for 9-12 enrolled in AP courses; any student enrolled in an AP course MUST take this test for AP credit. PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS All state and school course requirements must be completed successfully to promote from Guidance Charter School. A student must earn a 2.0 G.P.A. to be eligible for participation in 8th grade activities. Students who are academically ineligible, who owe debts to the school, or who have discipline problems will not be able to attend grade level activities without administrative approval. All promoting 8th grade students are required to build a computer or demonstrate competency in written form, computer building with installation of hardware and software programing.
Student Handbook 2016-2017
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