Flexible cross grade ability groups will allow students to be challenged regardless of their ability
We will teach the students and let test scores follow
Regular individual assessment with consistent, measured follow up
Core knowledge curriculum
Rich language arts program
Strong social studies focus
Daily dose of science and math
Math, science, and social studies rotations
We will not exchange childhood for academic achievement
Time spent on non-academic subjects is provided in a balanced fashion
Fitness, Music, Art and Nature components
Measured homework levels
Why Ben Franklin Academy?
Ben Franklin was considered one of the last renaissance men
Started the library system
Signatory of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution
The Ben Franklin Academy Mission
We focus on individual students by implementing cross grade ability groups, and by teaching the students and letting test scores follow. We excel academically through a core knowledge curriculum with an emphasis in math and science. We recognize that an education is incomplete without fostering the arts, sports, nature, and character. Indeed, we strive to develop young adults with character like America's founding renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin: well read, scientifically curious, and civically engaged.
Charter schools typically start off in a strip mall, office park, warehouse, or in portables.
Northwest Douglas County
Santa Fe around Titan & Town Center
In three years build a permanent school
We’ve had conversations with the Sterling Ranch development
Why Ben Franklin Academy will be Successful
We are modeling Ben Franklin Academy after charter schools with successful records and are consulting with the leaders of these schools.
We are utilizing resources of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Douglas County School District, and Colorado Department of Education.
Regular assessment with adjustment.
Charter schools are successful when parents are involved.
We are working with educators now.
Ben Franklin Academy Needs You
The doors will open in August 2011
336 students must be enrolled to make the school economically viable
Volunteers serving 60 hours or more will receive priority enrollment for their children
Where Did Core Knowledge Come From?
The Core Knowledge Sequence is a Kindergarten thru 8 th Grade Curriculum Developed by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
E.D. Hirsch, Jr. recognized the need for reform in education and gathered a group of scientists, educators, business leaders and parents to put together a sequence of information that all children should know.
“ Our society cannot afford a two-tiered system in which the affluent have access to superior education, while everyone else is subjected to a dull and incoherent classroom experience. Academic excellence, educational equality and fairness demands a strong foundation of knowledge for all learners.” - E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
The Core Knowledge Curriculum is based in the idea of Cultural Literacy.
Cultural Literacy is the idea “that even a diverse democratic society like ours has a common knowledge base that draws together its people while recognizing our differing contributions.”
The Core Knowledge Sequence is designed to teach this common store of well rounded background knowledge which equips our kids to better interpret and understand the world around them.
What is Core Knowledge?
An established proven, coherent, cumulative and content-specific curriculum
Students gain knowledge by building upon what they have already learned in previous grades. The Core Knowledge Curriculum clearly defines the knowledge and skills that students will master at each grade level.
To learn more about the Core Knowledge sequence check out E.D. Hirsch’s series of books, What your first-grader needs to know, etc .
The Core Knowledge Institute also has an excellent and informative web site: www.coreknowledge.org .
Every child should learn:
Fundamentals of science
Basic principals of government
Important events in world history
Essential elements of mathematics
Widely acknowledged art and music from around the world
Stories and poems passed down from generation to generation
Together these form the broad base of knowledge that our society is based on, allowing the child to be culturally literate.
“ Core knowledge provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade so that knowledge, language and skills build cumulatively from year to year. This sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, it also helps prevent the repetitions and gaps that so often characterize current education. No more repeated units in multiple years on the rain forest, with little or no attention to the Bill of Rights, world geography or exposure to other cultures.”
- Core knowledge foundation
“A typical state or district curriculum says, ‘Students will demonstrate knowledge of people, events, ideas and movements that contributed to the development of the United States.’ But which people and events? Which ideas and movements? The Core Knowledge sequence is distinguished by its specificity.” - Core knowledge foundation
Why I Love Core Knowledge
Teachers focus on teaching not on content.
I’ve seen the results.
Do you know what a Luddite is?
Schools in Colorado that have implemented the Core Knowledge curriculum are successful (20%).
Reading not just for the sake of reading.
Parents can follow along.
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Proficient or Advanced on CSAPs (06-07)
CSAP Proficiency Reading (06-07)
CSAP Proficiency Writing (06-07)
CSAP Proficiency Math (06-07)
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