Academics Plus Program at Sierra View
of having two programs (Academics Plus and the Neighborhood Program) on
the Sierra View campus, the School Board approved that all of Sierra
View would become a one program school. Sierra View is starting its
first year as anall Academics Plus Program School. The
State of California has granted Sierra View 'Alternative School of
Choice' status. This gives us leway in the selection of our curriculum.
Students residing in the Sierra View attendance area have first priority
into the Academics Plus Program at Sierra View, depending on grade
level availablity. If parents do not wish to have their student attend
the Academics Plus Program, they can fill out a Form 10 to request to
attend another school in Chico (dependent on district availability ).
student outside the Sierra View attendance area can apply for Academics
Plus at any time and will be selected off the waiting list as spots
become available. Once a student has been accepted at Sierra View in the
Academics Plus Program, Sierra View becomes their "home" school for the
remainder of their elementary years.
Academics Plus Program focuses on basic academics, including the "three
R's" and a solid curriculum in composition, science, and social
studies. Enrichment subjects, such as art and music are taught, but the
basics receive priority. The classroom setting utilizes whole group
interactions in an orderly fashion in addition to small group
activities, centers which are carefully planned by the teachers and
individual seat work. This program is designed to instill within each
child confidence, a sense of responsibility, pride in accomplishment,
and a positive self-image through academic achievement. It is also
expected that parents have the opportunity to actively participate in
their children's education.
will help to insure a successful Academics Plus program by providing a
weekly progress report on student's academics and behavior. Grades 1-3
should have 10 to 30 minutes of homework and grades 4-6 should have 30
to 60 minutes of homework.
and teaching methods should be consistent with Academics Plus
philosophy where the primary emphasis is on the basic academic skills in
a more structured environment. Materials would offer sequential and
complete instructional units. The classroom teacher will monitor the
general progress of students in all academic subject areas.
program as a whole has the options to use materials listed on the State
Framework that meet the goals and philosophy of the Academics Plus
program as well as meet district goals and objectives. Adopted
curriculum will follow a definite progression building on skills
acquired at each grade level.
Some Basic Facts
Chico Unified School District Academics Plus program began in
September, 1976 at Sierra View Elementary School with only 4
classrooms. As of Fall 2009 the program serves close to 600 students
Kindergarten through 6th Grade.
involvement and educational expectations are the foundation of the
Academics Plus Program. Parent involvement is crucial for the success
of our students, and parents are expected to maintain extensive
involvement both at school and at home. Assisting with homework,
reviewing and returning weekly progress reports, assisting in the
classroom, supporting staff recommendations, maintaining open
communications with teachers and principal at all times, supporting
Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and following program "Guidelines for
Success", are just a few of the ways parents will be involved in the
program. Numerous studies have shown that parent participation in
education is the highest single indicator of a child's academic success!
Parent Advisory Committee
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a 6 member committee whose members
are elected by all Academics Plus Program parents to serve a two year
term. The PAC meets on the second Monday of the month. Its work is
based on a set of guidelines which are reviewed/revised annually. The
Committee, as its name implies, assists the school district in
dissemination of information, planning, development, implementation and
evaluation of the objectives of the Academic Plus Program. In addition,
the committee offers its suggestions to Academic Plus teachers in
selection of academic materials used in the program.
Parents are expected to sign a commitment letter which requires parental involvement.
Weekly reports are an expectation and one of the means of communication with the home.
Parents are involved in curriculum decisions through the PAC.
Daily homework is an expectation.
The Academic Plus Guidelines and Parent Commitment Letter give clear expectation of students, parents, and teacher.