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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.  Academy 360 is a GREEN school, continuously working hard to close both achievement and opportunity gaps for its students.

New for the 2019-2020 school year – weekly electives!  Check out our offerings:

Sample Day in the Life of Meleny, a 1st Grader

7:45-8:00am – Drop-Off & Breakfast: Students enter the school from the drop-off loop, greet Principal Brucz, offer him a handshake, high five, or hug, then wash their hands, and sit down to eat a free, healthy breakfast.

8:00am – School Day Starts for ECE – 5th grade

8:15am – Morning Circle and Social Emotional Learning Block: Meleny joins her Crew for a community building morning circle driven by the Random Acts of Kindness and Positive Discipline curricula, both offer social-emotional and character instruction and skill building.

8:45am-11:00am – Reading & Writing: Meleny builds strong literacy foundations through the Benchmark curriculum (3rd-5th through EL Modules), engaging read-alouds, and guided reading groups differentiated by reading level, literacy centers, and Lucy Calkins writing workshop.

11:00am – Recess: Meleny engages 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: Meleny chooses a protein and grain rich main lunch and has her choice of at least two fruits and two vegetables from the daily salad bar.

12:00pm – Math: Meleny builds her understanding of numbers, equations, and problem-solving through the Engage NY curriculum. Meleny’s peers and she discover and present multiple methods for problem solving rigorous, real-world math problems.

1:15pm – Electives: Physical Education & Other Specials: Meleny helps moves her body to help grow her mind through interactive, developmentally appropriate physical activities for both her gross motor and team-building skills.  Once a week, she receives specials instruction in art, engineering “Intention Invention”, and Circus (juggling, tumbling and other fun, safe acrobatic moves!).

2:15pm – English Language Development and Literacy Intervention: Meleny receives an extension of data-driven instruction.

3:15pm – Snack, Choice Time & COB (clean-up, organize, and backpacks) – Meleny helps her peers prepare the classroom for the next day of learning and gets ready for dismissal.

3:45pm – School Day Ends: Meleny goes home to spend time with her family — she plays, shares what she has learned, eats a healthy snack, and reads for at least 20 minutes per day.

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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