The curriculum at I CAN SCHOOLS consists of 120 minutes of daily instruction in Reading and Mathematics and at least 60 minutes of Writing and Social Sciences. Our research-based program is aligned to the Ohio Common Core and is enhanced through a set of common instructional strategies that promote oral reading fluency, vocabulary, effective questioning, and reading comprehension across all content areas. Lesson objectives, vocabulary and homework are communicated to families via a syllabus that is sent home on a weekly basis giving our students and families a true feeling of a college-going learning environment.
Individualizing Instructional Needs
The curricular plan understands that all students are different and requires the teachers to respond to each student individually. The plan is designed for all students no matter where they may be in their academic career. The varied approach to the instructional design accommodates students who are below-, at-, and/or above-grade level. The intention of the curricular plan is to meet students where they are and to remediate, enhance and/or accelerate learning, with the expectation of meeting the needs of the different kinds of students. Programmatic features such as special education and gifted / talented programs are implemented to further support the individual needs of our students.
Assessments & Exams
I CAN SCHOOLS implements a strong assessment program. Monthly, teacher-designed progress monitoring assessments are administered in all five subjects. These assessments are aligned to Ohio’s Common Core and are used to monitor student achievement, differentiate instruction, and to adjust the curriculum in order to better meet the needs of the students. Additionally, all teachers create, design and administer a comprehensive exam at the end of each trimester. The goal of I CAN SCHOOLS' Comprehensive Exams (COMPS) is to mimic college mid-terms and finals and to encourage students to study for the state’s standards. Students, who identified through our assessment system, who are below proficiency in Reading and/or Mathematics receive an additional 60 minutes of daily, remedial instruction thus, totaling over 120 minutes of instruction.
The Stanford 10, a nationally norm - referenced assessment, is given at the end of each school year. This is assessment measures growth from year to year and provides teachers and families with an individualized overview of Reading and Mathematics proficiencies.
The school will give each student a full 7 – 8 hours of instruction, Monday – Friday for approximately 215 days out of the year. The extended school day and school year allow teachers and school leaders to plan for more rigorous and intentional lessons to meet the needs of all students. Differentiated instruction and small groups are able to occur within each classroom with the additional time available. After-school tutoring in Reading and Mathematics as well as Saturday School may be required for some of our students during the course of the school year. This additional instruction is designed to close any achievement gaps that may exist and to “catch-up” any student who may have fallen behind in his/her academics. Progress reports are administered bi-weekly for all students in all courses throughout the school year. These bi-weekly reports keep families well informed of their student’s progress and allow teachers and school leaders to further tweak and manipulate after-school tutoring and Saturday School rosters to meet student needs as they arise or change.
Fine Arts Programs
Spanish, Computers, Music, Physical Education and Art classes are offered to all students. A state aligned curriculum is used when writing all lessons. A varied approach to teaching will be observed in the fine arts program; cooperative learning, project-based learning situations and independent study will be used to increase student - student interactions. Highly-qualified teachers will deliver all instruction and ensure students are receiving platinum instruction in each domain. Students in the fine arts program will perform, showcase, and compete at local and national events. The fine arts program provides students an alternative outlet to showcase their creativity, and engage in peer conversations. This healthy balance between core subjects and the fine arts increases student learning and allows students to show their individuality.