What We Do
We accomplish our mission by providing an environment that will:
Provide rich curricula in reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and science with a focus on skill development and application. There will be an emphasis on the use of projects which make connections between academic subject areas and the arts.
Help students realize their intellectual and social potential by providing individually planned instruction founded on each child’s individual qualities, strengths and innate curiosity according to an individualized plan. A Personal Learning Goal (PLG) will be created for each child taking into consideration the individual child.
Develop critical thinking skills in students regarding all of their work through increased ownership, an emphasis on process and arts in the classroom. Through various forms of artistic expression, students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively.
Provide enrichment programs that may include visual arts, movement, dance, theater, music and foreign language allowing students to explore new ways of thinking, behaving and learning.
Create a learning community that actively engages parents in significant and substantial ways both inside and outside the classroom so that they become learning partners with students and teachers.
Promote sound character development by helping students relate and communicate with others, develop leadership skills and understand their individual rights and those of others in a respectful environment. Students will participate in forming the policies and procedures that affect them. All students will be given the opportunity to become involved in student government and whole school meetings as well as conflict resolution.
Use technology and platforms as a teaching tool wherever possible. The goal will be to give them opportunities and exposure to applications used in higher education and real world scenarios.
Utilize block timing for math curriculum so that students will learn based on their ability, not according to their age/grade.
The Birches Academy has adopted The Kennedy Center for Arts definition for Arts Integration.
“Arts Integration is an APPROACH to TEACHING in which students construct and demonstrate UNDERSTANDING through an ART FORM. Students engage in a CREATIVE PROCESS which CONNECTS an art form and another subject area.”
Art forms include visual arts, music, drama, dance and movement. Technology may be used to enhance the art forms.
The Birches Academy Core Beliefs and Values
The Birches Academy of Academics and Art: A Public Charter School and its community of learners embraces the natural diversity of learning styles through arts integration. The foundation of our core belief is a commitment to teaching and learning while meeting the social, emotional and physical needs of children and young adults.
The Birches also takes advantage of:
Two qualified teachers per classroom; one lead teacher and one assistant teacher both facilitating the teaching of all of the children in the classroom. We strive to provide a 12:1 teaching ratio.