What is the Academy?
The Academy, this year, is a Language Arts program that targets above grade level students in grades 4-8. Currently the district is offering one section of Language Arts at each of these grade levels for 90 minutes a day and a 45 minute math Academy here at Monument each day. The intent of the program is to offer a more challenging environment that emphasizes community service and constructivism so that by the time students reach 9th grade, they are prepared to be involved in AP courses and earn college credit while still in high school.
Will the Academy just focus on reading and writing?
Phase one of The Academy was just focused on Language Arts. However, in 2010-2011 we started offering Math Academy. As more students qualify based on assessment data and referrals, we will increase our sections. There will be an intense focus on writing in The Academy. Students in The Academy will be expected to work on reading and writing not only in class, but at home each night, without being asked or reminded by Academy teachers.
How does my student qualify for The Academy?
Students that qualify for The Academy need to be above grade level in reading and writing. An Academy Board made up of district office administration, building administration, a school board member, and teachers reviews student data quarterly to set and adjust the rosters for each grade level. This team looks at NWEA data, WASL data, classroom assessment data and grades, recommendations and referrals, and at times will interview past teachers and even students to make a more informed decision. Students that are not currently part of The Academy may work toward a spot in the future. Appointments with the school can be made to sit down and look at student data so that learning goals can be set. Students that progress on their goals may achieve a spot in The Academy in the future. We encourage every student to work toward a spot in The Academy, as our goal is to expand each school year to offer more sections based on student academic growth.