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The Village Academy curriculum is relevant and intellectually challenging from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Through the Advancement through Mastery approach, each student is challenged based on his or her strengths, and is scheduled in classes accordingly.
The School uses a three-prong approach to the curriculum including the following:
Using the “backward design” model, the curriculum design approach begins with the desired end goals and works backward through the program to achieve these outcomes. The maps are used as planning devices for curriculum development including concepts, standards, expectations, and pacing for each grade level.
Composed of rigorous foundation courses and supplemented by exciting elective classes, the curriculum allows students to develop their own individual interests and talents within the context of a comprehensive program of study. Course work that is cutting edge, exacting, and interesting, prepares students for college/university admissions.
Instruction takes place in the classroom through teacher direction, peer interaction, project-based learning, technology integration, and self-directed learning. Assessment is the follow-up tool to determine student progress. Vigilance in monitoring student progress and outcomes are a faculty priority. A variety of informal and formal assessments are used in the classroom.
Standardized tests, and informal and formal course assessments are interpreted and compared against the state and national norms as well as the school’s curriculum content maps. Results are used to determine if and when any instructional changes need to occur across the curriculum.
Historically, Village Academy students have scored higher than the national and state averages on standardized tests. The School has achieved 100% college acceptance, and as a result of the exceptional Village Academy curriculum and learning environment, students become self-fulfilled global citizens who are ready for the scope of challenges they will face in college and beyond.