Our School Vision
High Achievement Learning
The focus of the schools will be on the learning achievement of each and every student on campus. You have read the definition we use for high achievement – the bottom student at the state norm and everyone else above it. For a preschool student that means initiating the learning process and laying a foundation for school readiness and continual learning. For the kindergarten student that means crossing the bridge from preschool to continual school days filled with lessons and learning. All other students will build upon that foundation and move forward toward lifelong learning.
Meeting students where they are requires a careful assessment of ability and knowledge and a well-shaped Personal Learning Plan. Each student will have a personal learning plan. The Preschool and Kindergarten plans will center in broad-based concepts, skills and personal maturation. Older student’s plans will become more detailed and more specific. A single category of student – The categories, often used to describe groupings or types of students, will not be used at Cambridge Lakes Schools – students will be addressed as individuals whose learning needs are to be met by design, with respect.
The preschool will be built upon the research based methods and materials from the HighScope Educational Foundation. The certified teachers in the preschool have earned HighScope certification and one person has been accredited a HighScope trainer.
The K-8 curriculum is being built upon “Core Knowledge.” The mapping of the scope and sequence of the curriculum with the Illinois standards nears completion in a webbased medium that will allow students, parents and teachers to understand the learning objectives at hand and measure the progress made in learning them.
Other curricular materials and methods will be interwoven into the Core Knowledge backbone of the curriculum map. Special attention will be given to science, math, technology, art, music and international studies.
The schools on campus will all have continuing research underway to assess effectiveness on individuals, courses, systems and personnel. All decisions will be data driven. High performance organizations continually improve processes and systems to achieve more effective and higher quality results.
The first and most important person(s) in a student’s learning plan team will always be that student’s parents. You as a parent(s) will need to commit to invest at least 20 minutes each evening with each student. Teachers and specialists will provide guidance into the best use of the time and, on certain days, to specific assignments.
There will be special seminars and workshops provided to assist you as you invest in your children’s learning and school achievement. Most learning theorists rank this as the most important for the student.
The schools will all strive to have “real time” information available to all participants and stakeholders employing a web-based system. We find it highly ineffective to wait until the end of a semester to observe that a student needs assistance. Such observation needs to take place in real-time. A learning block occurred today, giving it attention tonight and tomorrow the block can be addressed and probably overcome.
Technology will play a significant role in personalized learning. Learning planning and feedback will be web-based. Learning style and pace will be addressed through software and online opportunities. Each household will need web access and an ability to use the school’s software. The technology staff will provide assistance to all who need help.