Curriculum

All curricula will be selected to meet Renaissance Academy charter mission and objectives and will be in line with the Utah State Core Standards. Periodic evaluation of the curricula will be performed to assess and improve best practices and effectiveness of implementation.

Language Arts

The curriculum that is used for Language Arts grades K-6 is Treasures, a research based, comprehensive Reading Language Arts program. Language Arts are taught with the foundation of the Utah State Core Standards. The four facets of learning our primary language need to be rigorously addressed: 1) grammar/spelling, 2) composition, 3) reading, and 4) speech.

World Language

Second language acquisition will be emphasized during the younger years when minds are more pliable, as is done in many other parts of the world. This will model appreciation for the positive aspects of our local and world cultures. Multiple studies have been done to support the idea of second language acquisition increasing mental capacity or IQ, and providing a deeper understanding of the components and structure of the individual's primary language. Therefore, at Renaissance we will provide for World Language instruction to its students which will be taught by qualified native and/or non-native professionals. Instruction may be presented through an immersion model, daily instruction, or other methods that are deemed beneficial to our students and supportive of our mission.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts may be studied through, but is not limited to, the Meet the Master’s program and the Kodaly Method. Annual theatrical efforts will be encouraged school wide.

Mathematics

We teach the common core through the program Houghton Mifflin for Elementary School, McDougal Litell for 6th grade and Glencoe for grades 7-9. The curriculum will satisfy 100% of the Utah State Standards.

Sciences

Exploration in the sciences will include a focus on established scientific knowledge and experiential learning. Hands-on projects and inquiry-based learning will be encouraged as they correlate with the Utah State Core Curriculum guidelines and Renaissance Academy mission.

Social Studies

History and Geography will be taught with respect to the overall philosophy of the school with relevancy of these subjects being applied to our role as global citizens. Teachers will be encouraged to follow State guidelines and make an effort to coordinate and sequence their curriculum to make sure that all periods of history. These practices will provide our students with a deep foundational knowledge to build upon as they venture into the secondary grades and beyond.

Physical education

Attention will be given to the state's guidelines in designing a program that creates health-conscious children. Specialist teachers will be recruited that will energetically instruct students in the learning of sports and international games.

Special Emphasis

The Renaissance Era included exploration of the world's geography, a new world trade market requiring increased proficiency in foreign languages, and notable advances in the arts and sciences. Our Information Age has similar opportunities for which we feel an urgency to prepare our students. To be congruent with this historical reference, we plan to put special emphasis on second language acquisition, the Fine Arts and Sciences – a classical education.

methodology

We will use the methodology of a Classical Education to teach students a systematic, memorable framework for acquiring knowledge. Students will progress through the Grammar (language development), Logic (science of reasoning) and Rhetoric (debate and composition) stages. These skills are essential to independent scholarship, critical thinking, logical analysis and love for learning.

This will be applied through the methods below.

Demonstration & Experimentation

Demonstration involves showing proof or making principles clear by use of examples or experiments. In teaching through demonstration, students are able to conceptualize objectives more effectively as multiple learning styles are targeted. Demonstration is particularly effective when students have difficulty connecting theories to actual practice.

Collaborative Learning

Collaboration is a method in which students are able to work with and learn from their peers. It requires them to express their own opinions and consider differing points of view. Collaborative learning establishes a connection between students and the learning objective, and it helps students think in a more creative, less personally biased way. Finally, collaboration demonstrates a student’s ability to be a team player, a leader and improves their presentation abilities, all of which are skills that will be important as they progress through school and into the workforce.

Case Study/Field Study

The case study method of teaching requires active student participation in examining actual or possible scenarios, historical events, and scientific research. Case study, field study and simulation learning develops an understanding of complex issues or concepts based on the examination of facts and data. This method also enhances creative problem solving skill as students are challenged to extend their understanding beyond traditional approaches to discover solutions and accomplish assignments that they are given.

Learning by Teaching

In this teaching method, students take on the role of facilitator and instruct their peers. Students who teach others must research and comprehend a concept well enough to share it with their peers. Students who participate in the instruction process gain self-confidence and strengthen their ability to think critically and communicate effectively.

world languages

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Curriculum

All curricula will be selected to meet Renaissance Academy charter mission and objectives and will be in line with the Utah State Core Standards. Periodic evaluation of the curricula will be performed to assess and improve best practices and effectiveness of implementation.

Language Arts

The curriculum that is used for Language Arts grades K-6 is Treasures, a research based, comprehensive Reading Language Arts program. Language Arts are taught with the foundation of the Utah State Core Standards. The four facets of learning our primary language need to be rigorously addressed: 1) grammar/spelling, 2) composition, 3) reading, and 4) speech.

World Language

Second language acquisition will be emphasized during the younger years when minds are more pliable, as is done in many other parts of the world. This will model appreciation for the positive aspects of our local and world cultures. Multiple studies have been done to support the idea of second language acquisition increasing mental capacity or IQ, and providing a deeper understanding of the components and structure of the individual's primary language. Therefore, at Renaissance we will provide for World Language instruction to its students which will be taught by qualified native and/or non-native professionals. Instruction may be presented through an immersion model, daily instruction, or other methods that are deemed beneficial to our students and supportive of our mission.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts may be studied through, but is not limited to, the Meet the Master’s program and the Kodaly Method. Annual theatrical efforts will be encouraged school wide.

Mathematics

We teach the common core through the program Houghton Mifflin for Elementary School, McDougal Litell for 6th grade and Glencoe for grades 7-9. The curriculum will satisfy 100% of the Utah State Standards.

Sciences

Exploration in the sciences will include a focus on established scientific knowledge and experiential learning. Hands-on projects and inquiry-based learning will be encouraged as they correlate with the Utah State Core Curriculum guidelines and Renaissance Academy mission.

Social Studies

History and Geography will be taught with respect to the overall philosophy of the school with relevancy of these subjects being applied to our role as global citizens. Teachers will be encouraged to follow State guidelines and make an effort to coordinate and sequence their curriculum to make sure that all periods of history. These practices will provide our students with a deep foundational knowledge to build upon as they venture into the secondary grades and beyond.

Physical education

Attention will be given to the state's guidelines in designing a program that creates health-conscious children. Specialist teachers will be recruited that will energetically instruct students in the learning of sports and international games.

Special Emphasis

The Renaissance Era included exploration of the world's geography, a new world trade market requiring increased proficiency in foreign languages, and notable advances in the arts and sciences. Our Information Age has similar opportunities for which we feel an urgency to prepare our students. To be congruent with this historical reference, we plan to put special emphasis on second language acquisition, the Fine Arts and Sciences – a classical education.

methodology

We will use the methodology of a Classical Education to teach students a systematic, memorable framework for acquiring knowledge. Students will progress through the Grammar (language development), Logic (science of reasoning) and Rhetoric (debate and composition) stages. These skills are essential to independent scholarship, critical thinking, logical analysis and love for learning.

This will be applied through the methods below.

Demonstration & Experimentation

Demonstration involves showing proof or making principles clear by use of examples or experiments. In teaching through demonstration, students are able to conceptualize objectives more effectively as multiple learning styles are targeted. Demonstration is particularly effective when students have difficulty connecting theories to actual practice.

Collaborative Learning

Collaboration is a method in which students are able to work with and learn from their peers. It requires them to express their own opinions and consider differing points of view. Collaborative learning establishes a connection between students and the learning objective, and it helps students think in a more creative, less personally biased way. Finally, collaboration demonstrates a student’s ability to be a team player, a leader and improves their presentation abilities, all of which are skills that will be important as they progress through school and into the workforce.

Case Study/Field Study

The case study method of teaching requires active student participation in examining actual or possible scenarios, historical events, and scientific research. Case study, field study and simulation learning develops an understanding of complex issues or concepts based on the examination of facts and data. This method also enhances creative problem solving skill as students are challenged to extend their understanding beyond traditional approaches to discover solutions and accomplish assignments that they are given.

Learning by Teaching

In this teaching method, students take on the role of facilitator and instruct their peers. Students who teach others must research and comprehend a concept well enough to share it with their peers. Students who participate in the instruction process gain self-confidence and strengthen their ability to think critically and communicate effectively.

world languages

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