K- 5 Curriculum
Three Oaks Public School Academy staff develops, implements, and evaluates curriculum annually. The process used to develop and implement curriculum in each of the core areas includes using the Amplify Reading, Eureka Math, and Fountas and Pinnell Intervention programs. Professional Learning Community teams (which are grade level teams) meet once a week to discuss curriculum, instruction, and assessments. The process used to evaluate curriculum documents is based on student achievement data. If student progress is low, instructional strategies and/or assessments are revised. Choice Schools also provides a Curriculum Director to assist staff in designing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum. Staff will develop an assessment schedule for progress monitoring of student achievement a minimum of three times a year.
The Academy’s educational program embraces the principle of accelerated learning in which students who demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills are included in enrichment programs. For new students, a child’s class assignment will be made depending on a grade level assessment.
When we have a student that is excelling in their regular grade level classes, we sometimes send them to a higher grade level Smart Group to get instruction in an area that is above grade level. We also teach some sight words from higher grade levels to some of our students if they have mastered all their grade level words.
Skill City Tutorial Program
Skill City is our after-school tutoring program that is offered at Three Oaks Public School Academy. Skill City runs in four-week sessions. Students are given a snack and then go to their classrooms for instruction from 3:30-4:30 PM. Teachers work with groups of no more than eight students in a group. At the end of the first two weeks of school, and each subsequent grading period, any student who is not making satisfactory progress in a core subject—Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies—will be required to attend Skill City for academic support.
For grades K and 1, the focus is on developing the skills they need to be successful in their grades- recognizing numbers, letters, letter sounds, sight words, math facts, etc. Grades 2-5 focus on NWEA goals. A teacher must recommend K and 1 Skill City students to the group while grades 2-5 have to score a certain number on their NWEA testing. Each student’s progress will be reviewed weekly to determine if academic support is still necessary. Transportation home is provided.
Summer Success Academy
Summer Success Academy is a tuition-free summer enrichment program offered to students who need additional instructional time to achieve proficiency. Students who master grade-level competencies during the summer enrichment program will be promoted to the next grade.
In addition to the core academic subjects, all Three Oaks Public School Academy students receive enrichment in the following specials classes: Library, STEAM, Physical Education, and Technology.
During Library students will check out books as well as develop library skills such as author studies and learning the variety of genres of literature.
In STEAM class, students are encouraged to learn through exploration and problem-solving. Often students will work in collaborative teams to solve a problem that helps them explore topics in science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics. This class is designed to challenge students and help them build 21st-century skills they will need to become tomorrow’s leaders in innovation and invention.
Three Oaks PE takes a comprehensive approach to developing students and encouraging them to reach their full potential. Physical activity is combined with health education to develop each student and give the tools necessary to be successfully active and healthy in and out of the classroom. Each student is challenged to be actively engaged in each and every activity in order to get the most out of the time in the classroom. Written and observational assessments are conducted regularly culminating with an end of the year fitness test that measures each student’s cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility. Units taught include health topics, games, fitness activities, and team sports.
During Technology class, students will explore internet safety, increase keyboarding skills, learn the parts of a computer, create digital projects, do research and participate in communication and collaboration with teachers and peers.