- Curriculum and Instruction:
Learning Foundation “Back to Basics” is committed to providing a high-quality educational program for each child by setting high academic and behavioral expectations. Our curriculum is guided by Arizona State Standards and benchmark assessments are used to measure progress.
Each grade level implements scientifically researched based curriculum. Although a variety of resources are used as supplemental classroom instruction, the programs used for our core curriculum are Sapling for Penmanship, Saxon and Sadlier for Arithmetic, Discovery Education for Science and Social Studies, Newsela and Journeys for text complexity.
We believe strong family and community ties help our students to become responsible life-long learners.
Please use the following link for information about Arizona’s Academic Standards: http://www.azed.gov/standaards-practices/
- Opportunities for all children to achieve:
The Learning Foundation “Back to Basic” elementary school has made great strides in student achievement. We were the proud recipients of the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation grant that helped provide our library with a variety of books that range from high interest/low readability, to bestsellers and new releases for all grade levels. Because of this, every student has the opportunity to check out books from our library.
Below are other successful programs that have been implemented to encourage students not only academically, but socially:
B.U.G.S, which stands for Bring Up your Grade. This program is designed to recognize students that bring up their academic grade in every core class.
The Principal’s A-List. This list is comprised of students that demonstrate being a positive role model in all three categories, Attendance, Academics and Attitudes.
“Caught You Being Good.” This award is given to students who exhibit positive character traits whether it is in the classroom, cafeteria, or playground.
Another key aspect to providing opportunities for all children to succeed is the use of technology in the classroom. Every teacher has an interactive whiteboard, which allows them to create interactive lessons that foster a sense of reality into the classroom by projecting visuals that connect concepts or skills to learning.
Teacher training takes place on a variety of topics. One of the most important is the learning approaches that contribute to feedback associated with formative and summative assessments. This type of professional development allows teachers to obtain more valid and targeted measures of what students know and do not know so they can effectively use data to guide and help implement student learning. Teachers partake in training workshops and webinars that are offered by AZ Department of Education, local colleges, curriculum providers and the District Office.
- Greatest contributing factor to the school’s success
Although there are many factors that help the Learning Foundation “Back to Basic” elementary charter school be successful, the most important factor is the use of data to drive instruction, diagnose, predict, and monitor each student’s academic progress. Data-driven instruction identifies not only the academic deficiencies of a class, but allows a teacher to assign individualized instructional resources to address the targeted academic needs of every student in kindergarten through sixth grade. It also takes the “guess work” out of the classroom. Teachers are able to have high expectations that are realistic and attainable for, not only their class as a whole, but each child in their classroom.