Saint Luke Academy
A non-graded leveled instructional setting meets students at their entry levels
and moves them forward with individualized instructional goals.
Level 1 will focus on supporting young learners with balanced reading instruction, language mechanics. number sense and operations.
Level 2 directs foundational skills into literacy, language mechanics, oral/written expression and language appreciation. an problem solving and strategizing are applied to both math and science. Research skills are introduced.
Level 3 furthers reading skills as students begin acquiring the tools necessary to analyze literary works and to create and criticize their own efforts. Reasoning, proof and methodology are applied to facts and concepts in math and science. Research skills expand to identifying and evaluating resource material and organizing information.
Level 4 students are immersed in a rigorous integrated curriculum of language arts, literature, written and oral expression, social studies, mathematics and laboratory sciences. Students learn to apply higher order thinking skills as they create interdisciplinary contexts and learn to connect everything to the "real" world in preparation for the challenges and rigor of high school.
Each student at Saint Luke Academy has individualized learning objectives and goals established at the start of the school year. Students are assessed using informal diagnostic instruments to determine their knowledge base in reading and math. This information is used to establish individual goals for each student, along with a personalized plan of learning, which is shared with the parents and monitored closely for progress and growth.
Student portfolios (a form of Formative Assessment that includes student daily work, projects and activities) are compiled to capture and present growth and learning over time.
Summative Assessment, more formal or standardized tests, show the progress of students over time in regard to specific academic disciplines. This information helps to set student growth goals and provides a focus for instructional planning.
Instruction is implemented using Differentiated Instruction (DI), an approach to teaching in which educators actively plan for students' differences so that all students can learn most rapidly and efficiently. In a differentiated classroom, teachers divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively teach students who have various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests. The students receive targeted instruction to meet the goals established for them.