Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Our Saturday Academy Program
Our Saturday Academy program, which commences on Saturday, October 17th, 2015, serves children in grades 3-8 in two distinct programs: English Language Arts and Mathematics. Children are identified for the program based on their score on the IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Interim Assessments, as well as teacher recommendation and NYS exams.
Process of Selecting Students
All students take the IOWA Test of Basic Skills. The tests are scored by Riverside Publishing. Our results are analyzed to identify specific areas of deficiency in ELA, mathematics, social studies, science and sources of information. Groups of 6-8 children are identified for this program as a result.
Children will attend for seventeen Saturdays for ELA and for mathematics. Classes are three hours in length, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon. The Saturday program is taught by the Icahn Charter School teachers.
Third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade children are assessed by the results on the New York State ELA and mathematics exams. Icahn Charter Schools selects its Saturday Academy students based upon need as indicated by individual student’s IOWA scores. Children from grades 3-8 who are deficient in ELA and Mathematics skills are selected for this additional instruction. Instruction is targeted to the child’s specific deficiency and supplements their normal instruction.
The specific skills addressed in the Saturday Academy relate directly to the New York State ELA and Mathematics standards. These standards are tested by the New York State ELA and Mathematics examinations, which will be administered to the 3-8 grades. The standards range in scope from comprehension to writing skills in ELA. The mathematics standards range from pure computation to problem solving.
The Saturday sessions are paced to culminate on their appropriate ELA and mathematics testing dates. Classroom instructions organized in both groups and individualized activities. Test specific books and materials will be used to ensure thorough and rigorous instruction.