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A Day in the Life

Our instructional philosophy at Academy 360 is to educate whole children — mind, body, & character — through a vibrant, standards-based, data-driven, and compelling curriculum.

Please note: As of August 6, 2021 all of our K-5 lead instructors have completed their CDE required 40 hour coursework in the “Foundations of Reading”!  We are so proud of the team for completing this so it can channeled throughout the entire school year!

Lower Elementary Daily Schedule

8:00 – 8:20am – Drop-Off & Breakfast: Students enter the school from the drop-off loop, greet school leaders, offer their teachers a handshake, high five, or hug, then sanitize their hands, and sit down to eat a free, healthy breakfast in their classrooms. 

8:40am – Morning Circle and Social Emotional Learning Block: Students join Crew for a community building morning circle driven by the Random Acts of Kindness, Positive Discipline, and Little Justice Leaders curricula, all of these offer social-emotional and character instruction and skill building.

8:45am-11:00am – Reading & Writing: Students build strong literacy foundations through the EL Modules, engaging read-alouds, and small data driven literacy groups differentiated by students needs. 

11:00am – Recess: Students engage in unstructured play in the physical activity spaces; research shows if students play before they go to lunch, they will focus on their food and eat more!

11:30am – Lunch: Students choose a protein and grain rich main lunch and have their choice of at least two fruits and two vegetables from the daily salad bar. When it is time to clean up, students participate in our zero waste program by composting uneaten food and recycling materials from her lunch that can be recycled. 

12:00pm – Math: Students build their understanding of numbers, equations, and problem-solving through the Engage NY curriculum. They discover and present multiple methods for problem solving rigorous, real-world math problems.

1:15pm – Physical Education: Students help move their body to help grow her mind through interactive, developmentally appropriate physical activities for both her gross motor and team-building skills.  

2:15pm – English Language Development and Literacy Intervention: Students receive an extension of data-driven instruction in a small group individualized setting.

3:15pm – Snack, Choice Time & COB (clean-up, organize, and backpacks) – Students help their peers prepare the classroom for the next day of learning and get ready for dismissal.

3:30pm – School Day Ends: Students go home to spend time with their family — they play, share what they learned, and reads for at least 20 minutes per day.

Upper Elementary Daily Schedule

8:00-8:20am – Drop-Off & Breakfast: Students enter the school from the drop-off loop, walk up to their homeroom, offer their teacher a handshake, high five, or hug, then sit down to eat a free, healthy breakfast.

8:25am – Morning Circle and Social Emotional Learning Block: Students join their homeroom Crew for a community building morning circle driven by amazing social emotional learning curriculums. Homeroom teachers use Random Acts of Kindness, Little Justices, Zones of Regulation, and MindUp for their crew curriculum. 

90 minute block  – Reading: All students in 3rd-5th grade receive a rigorous reading block with whole group instruction stemming from EL Modules. Students also receive small group instruction that is either phonics based or novel studies. In reading, students also use the online platforms of iStation, Freckle, and Accelerated Reader. 

90 minute block – Math: All students in 3rd-5th grade engage in a whole group math block that includes the Engage NY/Eureka Math curriculum. Based on student need, small groups are also used to increase engagement and reteach lessons if need be. In math, students also use the online learning platforms of iStation, Zearn, and Freckle. 

45 minute block – English Language Development and Writing: All students in 3rd-5th grade receive an ELD block in which they work on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to improve their English or a writing block to increase their writing skills in grammar and responding to text based questions. 

45 minute block – Science/Social Studies: Students in 3rd and 5th grade engage in the Amplify Science curriculum that blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. Students in 4th grade gain knowledge of Colorado history including Indigenous cultures. 

12:00-1:30pm  – Recess, Lunch, and PE

Recess: Students engage in unstructured play in the physical activity spaces.

Lunch: Students choose a protein and grain rich main lunch and have their choice of at least two fruits and two vegetables from the daily salad bar.

Physical Education: Students move their body to help grow their mind through interactive, developmentally appropriate physical activities for both gross motor and team-building skills.  

3:15pm – Snack, Choice Time & COB (clean-up, organize, and backpacks) – Students help prepare the classroom for the next day of learning, receive choice time, and get ready for dismissal.

3:30pm – School Day Ends: Students go home to spend time with their family — they play, share what they learned, eat a healthy snack, and complete their homework. 

Academy 360 classrooms are alive with discovery, critical-thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Lessons have explicit purpose, guided by learning targets for which students take ownership and responsibility.

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