1) Academic Focus.
Academics Plus Program focuses on reading, writingand math, rounded out
by a solid curriculum in composition, science, history, and geography.
These are the foundations for all future learning and a successful
career. Enrichment subjects, such as art, drama, and music are taught,
but the fundamental program receives priority. Academics Plus at Sierra
View has over three decades of success with this approach. The Program
has experienced teachers with a common commitment to the goals and
philosophy of the program, a record of student
achievement, and a high reputation amongst parents.
2) Parent Involvement.
important element of Academics Plus is that parents are encouraged to
actively participate in their children's education, and are given
multiple opportunities to do so. Since Academics Plus is an alternative
program chosen by the parents, they are typically enthusiastic and
willing to be involved in the educational process. Assisting with
homework, reviewing and returning weekly progress reports, helping in
the classroom, and supporting field trips 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!
3) Focus on the Child.
of the "whole" child is also stressed in Academics Plus. The program is
designed to instill within each child confidence, a sense of
responsibility, pride in accomplishment, and a positive self-image
through academic achievement. Teachers have high expectations,
challenging students and helping them to succeed. Academics Plus
believes that sensitivity to each student's feelings and individuality
can be maintained in an atmosphere of fair, firm and consistent
discipline. To accomplish this, the program emphasizes a caring and
orderly learning environment, in which teachers and students treat each
other with respect and dignity.
4) Joyful Learning Environment.
classroom setting in the Academics Plus Program utilizes whole group
interaction, small groups, activities, individual seatwork and/or
centers to help make the learning experience exciting and enjoyable. All
aspects of the curriculum are carefully planned by the teachers to be
engaging and imaginative ways for young children to learn. The mission
is to spark a joy for learning, while building a foundation of knowledge
and skills so that students become lifelong learners and productive
contributors to society.
Guidelines for a Successful Program - Parent Agreement
help to assure a successful Academic Plus Program by providing an
integral component in the educational process of their child(ren)
through supporting the program in the following ways:
Reviewing and signing the Academics Plus Program Guidelines for a
Successful Program Parent Agreement and having your child(ren) review
and sign the "Student Agreement" at the beginning of each school year.
Assisting your child(ren) with homework as needed. It is your
responsibility to know your child(ren's) class requirements and to make
sure that your child(ren) are fully participating and meeting all
deadlines. Reviewing Weekly Reports with your child.
3. Returning Weekly Reports and teacher/school communications in a timely manner.
Supporting the school/teacher discipline plans. It is imperative that
you are in agreement with the plan laid out by the teachers and school.
If for some reason you feel this plan does not meet your requirements,
please talk to your teacher and administration to evaluate if this
program is the right fit for your family.
5. Considering all recommendations of the staff (e.g. class assignments, bonus year, special education/G.A.T.E. testing, etc.).
6. Providing transportation for your child(ren) to and from school in a timely manner.
Being involved and helping in the program whenever possible (e.g.,
reviewing homework & weekly reports, program evaluation, class
projects, field trips, classroom aide, read naturally, book buddies,
fundraising, attending meetings of the Parent Advisory Council and/or
the PTA, etc.). An important element of Academics Plus is that parents
are encouraged to actively participate in their children's education,
and are given multiple opportunities to do so. Please refer to the
Sierra View Website Calendar for school events or check with your
child's teacher for ways to sign up and complete your hours.
signature below indicates that I have read, understand and agree with
the expectations and philosophy of the Academics Plus Program as stated
in the above Guidelines for a Successful Program.
I AM IN AGREEMENT WITH THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE ACADEMICS PLUS PROGRAM AND I UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE EXPECTATIONS.
Parent Signature Date
Parent Signature Date
Child's Name Grade
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