Curriculum for SOUL’s core subjects is aligned with state standards. Grade level standards are taught in all core academic classes each day. As a charter school, we exercise our freedom to explore alternative types of curriculum, which may or may not be state mandated. Due to the fact that most of SOUL students are skills deficient and reading below grade level, supplemental materials are utilized to facilitate student understanding of the subject matter, without compromising the grade level standard. In other words, a 10th grade student reading at the sixth grade level can still learn 10th grade standards in English language arts, but the readability of the supplemental materials is more comprehensible to the student. While a textbook claims to provide grade level content, over the past few years, there has been a shift away from a textbook-centered curriculum to a standards-driven curriculum. All core curriculum materials are selected in accordance with the content standards. SOUL’s goal is to provide high-quality, high-interest materials that assist students toward becoming proficient all core content areas. All core academic teachers are responsible for reviewing materials in light of student assessment data to determine if there is a need to modify curriculum to increase performance outcomes. SOUL’s Principal, who serves as instructional leader, is instrumental in articulating data to fulfill the needs of teachers, and students.
Expected School-wide Learning Results
In order to obtain skills, knowledge, and motivation to be self-directed, life-long learners as they mature toward self-sufficiency in the 21st century, the students at the School of Unlimited Learning will be:
- Demonstrate ability to read, write, speak and listen for a variety of reasons.
- Possess social and cultural literacy skills to function productively in today’s society.
- Demonstrate mastery of basic skills, especially in Math and English Language Arts.
- Demonstrate proficiency in all core academic subjects.
Critical Thinkers and Problem Solvers
- Analyze, synthesize, and apply information.
- Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to real life situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively access resources and information in the community.
- Locate, access, organize, evaluate, and supply information for a complex and technological world.
Self-Directed Lifelong Learners
- Set, pursue, and accomplish realistic and challenging goals.
- Develop a post-secondary (college and/or career preparation) plan that clearly reflects the options and choices available to them upon graduation.
Responsible and Productive Citizens
- Demonstrate healthy, responsible behavior and work collaboratively and respectfully in an ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse community.
- Recognize and respect the rules and processes that govern society.