• We have small multi-aged class sizes of 10:1
  • We develop individualized student learning plans, with goals that target four areas: Reading, Writing, Math, and Learning Behaviors and Strategies.
  • We provide a safe and secure learning environment, where teasing, harassment, and bullying are not tolerated.
  • We call on, and respond to, every student, and identify who is participating and who is disengaged.
  • We continually check for understanding, and students’ questions get answered.
  • We recognize that students participate and pay attention in different ways (i.e., they may look as though they aren’t listening, when they actually are).
  • We try to make certain that there are no “cracks” for students to fall through.
  • We continuously and immediately observe, monitor, and evaluate students’ work.
  • We have a staff that is trained to address learning needs on an immediate and regular basis.
  • We assign students to learning groups based on their academic levels and socially compatible peers (not just on their chronological age). The assigned learning groups are flexible, are often different for each subject (as many of us are stronger in some areas than in others), and can change during the school year to meet individual student needs.
  • We have a specialized teaching staff with advanced degrees and training in special education. Our staff can identify strengths and needs of our students. While labels and diagnoses may provide a helpful guide, we work with the complexities of the entire child and the labels and diagnoses diminish in importance as we get to know the individual student’s specific strengths and challenges.
  • We have effective programs in reading using Orton Gillingham, Wilson, and Project Road programs, along with online opportunities such as Explode the Code, and Reading Horizons, that allow students to work at their own pace.
  • We have measurable success with teaching math, using Making Math Real as our core program. We use math games, manipulatives, and online programs such as Math Blaster and Timez Attack, for students to reinforce concepts and practice skills.
  • We offer a quiet, uncrowded, focused, calm learning environment with fewer distractions for our students.
  • We provide a friendly and welcoming learning environment, with recognition and appreciation of differences, and with no “norms” or “cliques.”
  • We recognize accomplishments and address concerns as an entire school community, in order to maintain an environment that supports learning and mutual respect.
  • We use the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) to measure the academic progress of our students, with one full school year advancement the minimum expected.
  • We treat all people with dignity, care, and concern.
  • We take the time to understand the individual child and that child’s needs.
  • We demonstrate empathy and respect in all situations.
  • We commit to the success of our students.
  • We recognize the wholeness of every child.
  • We recognize the ability of an individual to change.
  • We strive to recognize the multifaceted strengths and talents of every child.
  • We communicate with parents consistently and effectively.
  • We keep our promises and are accountable for our actions.
  • We use a comprehensive teaching approach that builds on each child’s strengths, is multi-sensory, and nurturing.
  • We empower our students by educating their mind, heart, body, and human spirit.