Elementary School Academics
At Collegiate, the conversation about college begins in the elementary school with our youngest students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Our College Counselor builds and expands on the conversation about academics and life beyond high school, using the Naviance tool to help students identify interests, plan their high school coursework, and prepare for the next phase of college preparation.
Our elementary school takes an approach to learning that unites the academics of traditional Core Knowledge with a unique, Emersonian value structure to infuse a sense of self-reliance at an early age. Collegiate uses the Core Knowledge framework to progress students in a proven sequence of content with the goal that each student will not just cover, but will master the concepts being studied. We use Saxon math with its spiraled review components, while the Daily Five program drives literacy training and support. Our charter allows Collegiate elementary teachers the freedom and professional creativity to integrate a blend of other curricula which promote academic success. Our philosophy recognizes that academic success, while critical, is only one part of the whole-student education we strive to provide our students. Our Collegiate Core Values are the heart of a character education program designed to assist parents in raising children that are leaders not only in academics, but also as citizens and in society as well. Our program is designed to educate well-rounded young people rather than one-dimensional thinkers.
Several specific tools differentiate Collegiate from the competition:
Flexible ability groups for math and language arts provide a motivating and challenging learning environment, allowing students more time on task. Ability grouping allows the student to learn at different paces in different content areas, allowing education to be tailored to the student rather that a one-size-fits-all instructional model. Ability groups also narrow the spectrum of abilities in a classroom, allowing teachers to focus instruction to bring students to mastery of new skills.
Extended Day Program:
Each teacher is available after school one day per week to give students an opportunity to work in smaller groups or one-on-one. Teachers may require that students needing help meeting the academic standards participate in this program.
Before and After School Childcare:
Before and after school child care is available onsite through Kids' Adventures. Several area centers also drop off and pick up children at our school, including Foothills Park and Recreation, Kindercare, Canyon Creek Learning Center (Robin's Nest) and Woodmar Learning Center.
Because extensive research has proven the importance of homework to academic success, homework is an integral part of Collegiate Academy's curriculum and requires a commitment from each member of our student-teacher-parent (STP) team. Collegiate teachers make homework relevant, meaningful and time-appropriate. When a student fails to complete homework a variety of accountability measures take effect. Collegiate is committed to keeping parents informed of academic progress through weekly progress reports and updates to Infinite Campus. Students who still do not get their homework in attend our Friday Refocus After School Study Sessions. Due to the rigorous academic Core Knowledge curriculum, students should expect ten minutes of homework per night per grade level. Ten minutes for first grade per night and 60 minutes for sixth grade per night are average expectations. We also encourage parents to read to their children as well as having their children read frequently to them.
Weekly Progress Updates:
Parents and students receive weekly progress updates in the "Thursday Folder." This offer a way for teachers and parents to communicate regularly each week regarding student's academic and social development. If a student's grades drop below a C in any class, parents will receive notification via email in the Academic Progress Monitor. All levels at Collegiate utilize Infinite Campus and update grades frequently. Parents have 24/7 access to student progress through this online tool. Using Infinite Campus Parent Portal, parents can then investigate assignment detail and scores to catch and remedy academic slippage as early as possible.