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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.

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 Peace Circles social-emotional curriculum, embedded character instruction.

9:00am-11:15am – Reading & Writing: Meleny builds strong literacy foundations through engaging read-alouds, Guided Reading and Reading Mastery groups differentiated by reading level, literacy centers, and Lucy Calkins writing workshop.

11:15am – 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!

11:45am – 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.

12:15pm – Math: Meleny builds her understanding of numbers, equations, and problem-solving through the Singapore Math curriculum. Meleny’s peers and she discover and present multiple methods for problem solving rigorous, real-world math problems.

1:15pm – Physical Education: 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.

1:45pm – Genius Hour & Snack: Along with her peers, Meleny participates in standards and student driven discovery as part of the ‘How Does Our Garden Grow’ project. This project-based unit integrates science, literacy, social studies, math and health and wellness.

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

3:15pm – 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.

3:30pm – 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.

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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.

Rigorous Academics and Real-World Learning

Our school has a rigorous curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The curriculum promotes a high level of student engagement through real-world learning focused on issues of concern to students. Teachers seek to integrate relevant fieldwork and service components.

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Morning Circle & Social Emotional Learning Blocks

Each student at our school is a member of a class crew. Crews discuss news and events, learning and experiences, and plan learning together. The BrainWise curriculum is implemented school wide during crew to promote social-emotional learning and development. Crews also have common adventure and service experiences to develop teamwork and friendship. At Academy 360, fitness and nutrition are a part of daily crew experiences. Teachers are crew leaders who get to know students well and develop lasting relationships to support students over time.

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