Igniting Passion and Purpose

7th-9th Grades

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214-509-8449

office@ inspiredlearningacademy.org

340 Country Club Rd

Fairview, Tx 75069

8:30am - 3:15pm

Monday - Friday

Curriculum

Our curriculum is highly personalized, but also takes into consideration group interests.  Each student meets with their advisor, in consultation with parents, at the beginning of the year to set goals for the year in personal, social and intellectual domains and record them in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  A Mutually Agreeable Plan (MAP) is then created for each “block” and is designed to help students meet their goals as stated in the IEP.  A block is the time period between our Presentation Nights, usually 6 to 8 weeks.

The MAP contains a set of negotiated contracts for “learning episodes” – a coherent series of activities related to an organizing idea or intention.  They have 3 main elements: experience, study and productive activity.

Students are encouraged to include at least one “learning episode” from each of the following 12 categories in the course of a year, with Math and Communication required in every block.

12 Curriculum Categories with Some Examples in Each Category

  1. Math/Numeracy – algebra, geometry, practical math
  2. Communication – written (essay, creative, research), oral, grammar, foreign language
  3. Physical Wellness – exercise, nutrition
  4. Mental/Emotional/Spiritual Wellness – social and emotional learning
  5. Social Wellness – collaboration, teamwork, leadership, service
  6. Citizenship – government (local, state, national, foreign countries), history, economy, monetary systems
  7. Technology, Engineering, Innovation – programming, building, designing, problem solving, blogging, office apps (Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
  8. Natural World/Science – astronomy, botany, physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, sustainability
  9. Career Exploration, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship
  10. Practical Skills – cooking, sewing, woodworking, plumbing, budgeting
  11. Creative Expression – art, drama, music, designing, building, video-making, graphic design
  12. Adventure – personal quest outside your comfort zone

Many “learning episodes” may span multiple categories and may occur both in school and outside of school.

The Process

Most of the first week of school involves orienting the students to the day-to-day operations and the culture we intend to create.  This includes Set-the-Week, Start-the-Day and End-the-Day routines, Code of Conduct, etc.

Students, with the help of their advisor and in consultation with their parents, create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) stating goals for the year.

Parents/Relatives/Friends are encouraged to provide Community Offerings throughout the year where they share any special knowledge, skills or talents with the students.  Based on the interests of the students, we may solicit specific offerings as well.

At the beginning of each Block (time period between Presentation Nights – usually 6-8 weeks), the students develop Mutually Agreeable Plans (MAPs) outlining their course of study for the Block.

Fridays of each week are more of a community day (which is why all students are encouraged to attend on Friday) and includes the following activities:

  • Students update their online blogs, highlighting their work for the week
  • Student-run Change-up meetings are held to initiate, implement, and evaluate issues or problems that affect the school community
  • Students have dedicated time to work on group projects and prepare for Presentation Night
  • Field trips or Community Service outings

Students meet 1-on-1 with their advisor at least once every two weeks to see how they are progressing on their goals and to address any concerns.

Presentation Nights occur at the end of each Block.  Students present 1 topic representative of their work for the Block.  This is also a time for group presentations and performances.

Parent Community meetings are held periodically to solicit feedback on how the school is doing and address any concerns, as well as a time to visit with other families.

Parents are welcome to join us at the school at any time.  They are also encouraged to visit with the staff after school at pick-up time.  Parent-teacher conferences can be requested at any time; planned conferences are scheduled for October and March time-frames.

Students create transcripts and maintain a portfolio of their work, with transcripts presented at mid-year and end-of-year.

A Day in the Life

     8:30am

Arrival.  Greet friends, get settled.

     8:45am

Grab journals.  Review goals and plans.  Think about goals/intentions for the day.  Prepare for Set-the-Week/Start-the-Day meetings.

Set-the-week Meeting (Monday only) – coordinate schedules for the week, noting any community offerings, special events, resources needed

Start-the-Day Meeting (Mon-Fri) – plan schedule for the day

     9:00am

“The Combo”

Work on a combination of the following according to schedule set with advisor:

  • Attend classes
  • Do independent work
  • Collaborate on projects
  • Attend community offerings (workshops/classes/training offered by parents/relatives/friends in the community)
  • Meet with advisor

     10:30am

Snack and time outdoors

     11:00am

“The Combo”

     12:00pm

Lunch and time outdoors

     1:00pm

“The Combo”

     2:45pm

Grab journals.  Update progress and reflect on the day.

End-the-Day Meeting – share insights and reflections

Clean-up.

     3:15pm

School day complete – pick up time.