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About TLC Charter School |
In partnership with parents, teachers and community, the
school mission is:
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a. To motivate our children to seek excellence in themselves and
b. To create an educational environment where learning is enjoyable.
c. To instill values that are fundamental to the well-being of the
individual, to meaningful relationships and to a healthy society.
a. Open enrollment - Eligibility not based upon
ethnicity, gender, income level, etc.
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b. No tuition (Charter Schools are Public Schools).
c. Timely submission of a complete application.
d. Preference given to returning students and relatives of returning
If by application deadline the application is not completed and/or
submitted, or the number of applications exceeds the capacity of class, program
or building code (oversubscribed), applicants will be placed on a waiting list
and any future openings will be assigned through a lottery process to randomly
Schedule types will be the traditional one-teacher-per-classroom for elementary
and a hybrid “block” for middle & high school. Teacher-student
ratio will average 1 to 15. Block schedule classes will be taught in roughly
75 minute “Blocks” instead of the traditional day where five to
eight different subjects are taught for 40-50 minutes each. Best practices in
education for middle & high school indicate fewer classes for longer periods
are better suited for learning. This type of schedule will:
a. Allow our instructors to utilize classroom discussion, team learning, manipulatives
and interactive material to deepen learning.
b. By reducing the number of periods in a day we also believe that the overall
pace of the school will lesson and this will reduce stress in our students lives.
c. There will be a M-W-F schedule and a T-Thu schedule of classes. For example:
Semester I – Middle School
* M-W-F Period 1 (Math), Period 2 (Science), Period 3 (Social Studies/History).
* M & F Period 4 (P.E.- YMCA)
* W Period 4 AIMS Preparation
* T-Thu Period 1 (Language Arts/Reading), Period 2 (Technology/Workplace Skills),
Period 3 (Art/Music), Period 4 (AIMS/SAT-9 Preparation), Period 5 (Life Skills)
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A multi-age, cooperative structure will be used. Students will be assessed,
a grade level will be determined and an individualized educational plan will
be designed and implemented. Some cooperative strategies employed to assist
the learning process are:
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b. Class discussions,
c. Small group breakouts,
d. Peer mentoring.
a. Motivation to learn.
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b. Mastery of the basic skills.
c. Acquisition of a deep knowledge base.
d. Competence of skills,
e. Understanding and incorporating society’s values.
TLC Charter School’s educational program uses traditional public school
text and materials and its philosophy is loosely based on the work of Dr. Earnest
Boyer and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. As explained
in his book, The Basic School, the four priorities are:
a. The School as Community
b. Curriculum with Coherence
c. A Climate for Learning
d. A Commitment to Character
The Basic School strategy provides a frame for tried and true tenets of effective
schooling. It pulls learning from cognitive research and developmental theory
together with understandings of policy, organizational theory and school change.
It is comprehensive and cohesive, yet flexible enough to encourage individual
schools to develop their own unique programs.
The goal of the Basic School is not only to prepare students for careers, not
only to give knowledge to students, but to also help channel knowledge to develop
students’ capacities to live with dignity and purpose, to enable students
to judge wisely and to act responsibly in matters of life and conduct. The of
the Basic Schools’ philosophy is to nurture in each student the desire
to contribute and make meaning out of life.
Specific Curriculum Highlights Featuring Arizona Standards Based Education:
Language Arts/Reading: An emphasis on quality literature, children’s
classics, a variety of publishers and approaches to literacy, classes in writing
and journalism, and the publishing of finished work in technology classes.
Mathematics: Various text and workbooks, math manipulatives, supplemental problem
solving, each student will work at his or her own level to acquire expertise
in all area of mathematics.
Social Studies/History: Various text and workbooks, involvement in multi-cultural
events including fairs with booths and food from different countries, story
telling, cultural dance and plays based, and art projects linked to the study
of cultural and historical periods.
Technology/Workplace skills: Students will be prepared to live, work and learn
in a technologically advanced, global community that is constantly changing
through the learning and use of computers, electronic media, the internet and
job skills training.
Science: A strong emphasis is placed on both scientific literacy and the use
of the scientific method. Lab and fieldwork will be incorporated.
Visual and Performing Arts: In additional to the arts focus mentioned above
(Social Studies) and traditional mediums of art expression (painting, sculpting,
drawing), students may attend local “School Time Matinees” sponsored
by Partners in Education and the Tucson Arts Connection at the University of
Arizona Centennial Hall. They will have opportunities to attend various presentations
at The Muse Center for the Arts (formerly the International Art Center) and
they will also have opportunities to perform in musicals, skits and plays.
Physical Education: Students are placed in traditional PE activities at the elementary grades and recieve a free
YMCA membership during middle and high school. Both
programs emphasize strength & conditioning, stamina, balance & coordination
and health & nutrition. Both programs incorporate and test for the President’s
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Each day, in my words and deeds, I will do my best to live these seven virtues:
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|Comprehensive Program of Intruction
The curricular philosophy of Transformational Learning Centers is that students
learn best in small school settings through engagement in challenging ideas,
concepts, and skills contained in a core curriculum – English, mathematics,
science, social studies, the arts, health and physical education, and foreign
language. Given the appropriate conditions of learning, this curriculum can
be mastered by most students.
Research shows that both competitive and cooperative interactions are a healthy
part of a child's repertoire of behavior. By second grade, however, urban children
have effectively extinguished their cooperative behavior and persist in competition,
even when it's counterproductive. By developing deliberately cooperative techniques,
our educators aim to correct the unconscious societal and educational bias that
favors competition. Research has also found an interesting racial implication
in cooperative learning: Minority children are more likely to retain these cooperative
strategies. With appropriate adult help, children can often perform tasks that
they are incapable of completing on their own. Vygotsky called this difference
the zone of proximal development.
Cooperation, multiage structures and brain-based learning are some of the learning
strategies that will be employed at our Charter School to assist each student
in mastering the concepts and skills delineated in the Arizona State Academics
Standards. Brain-Compatible Learning combines old concepts with new research.
Learning-friendly uses of music, lighting, plants, and color in the classroom
have been strategies that teachers have used for centuries. In the last decade,
researchers have discovered the impact of those strategies and how they affect
the brain and the learning process. These concepts enable teachers to design teaching
approaches conducive to the brain's natural abilities in order to promote student
learning and achievement. Research indicates that brain-based learning techniques
foster immersive, highly challenging environments while simultaneously reducing
fear. Learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by threat; therefore our
Charter School will endeavor to provide physical, emotional and mental safety.
If Transformational Learning Centers are to embrace the best practices in education,
we must, and will utilize contemporary technology. Each classroom will have the
necessary peripheral equipment designed to accommodate the latest in educational
communications – Internet, e-mail and computer research. Student will learn
how technology can be used as a valuable tool in learning important research skills,
e.g. formulating appropriate questions, finding related information, sorting out
solid research from unsubstantiated opinion, summarizing, synthesizing and interpreting
Our purpose is to prepare each student to live, work, and learn in a technologically
advanced, global community that is constantly changing. In addition, emphasis
will be placed on personal and social development so that students will leave
school prepared to accept and fulfill the responsibilities of each stage of development
and eventually become law-abiding citizens, productive workers, caring neighbors
and nurturing human beings.