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Comprehensive Program of Instruction
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.
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:
a. Motivation to learn.
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
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: Student can choose from team sports activities or aerobic & strength activities. All programs emphasize strength & conditioning, stamina, balance & coordination and health & nutrition. Some programs incorporate and test for the President’s Fitness Program.
g) Student Pledge: