Extended Learning Time
“At St. Joseph Academy we believe that each student is a child of God, unique and irreplaceable. We are called to create an environment where every child is provided with whatever he or she needs to reach his/her highest potential.”
By continually looking at student data (e.g. class assessments, MAP scores) teachers are able to identify students who are lacking in essential skills or would benefit from more challenging course work. Extended Learning Time (ELT) gives teachers the opportunity to provide targeted and individualized instruction to small groups of students. Visual, auditory, and hands-on materials are also used to provide for different learning styles.
Extended Learning Time Services K-5
Reading Centers are utilized in grades K-5 consisting of small groups of students working with a teacher to learn particular skills in phonics, reading, and writing. Kindergarten uses learning centers to expand upon science and interpersonal/relationship skills also. Students requiring more support gather in small groups or individual tutoring sessions with the resource teacher.
Math Centers in grades K-5 are used to work on essential computational skills or more complex problems. Chromebooks aid with independent practice.
Intervention Block (IB) occurs twice a week for 4th and 5th graders. All students are divided into five groups each under the guidance of a teacher. Each teacher is able to work with a small number of students to ensure that they are progressing in basic reading and math skills.
Extended Learning Time Services Middle School
Language Arts covers reading, writing, grammar, and speaking. Students are placed in flexible grouping based on assessments, and classroom time is flexible depending on student needs. Accelerated learning is available through supervised independent study.
Mathematics is differentiated in middle school through classroom instruction and periodic use of stations, including online activities such as Khan Academy and Sumdog.
Flex Time occurs once a week for middle school students that are grouped according to their pre-assessment scores. Three teachers can then give instruction and support where needed.
Why Try is an education curriculum for 6th and 7th graders that increases academic success by teaching life skills such as decision making, using support systems, or dealing with peer pressure. Social, emotional, and leadership principles are reinforced with hands-on learning activities.
Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) is for select students in grades 6, 7 and 8 who need to bridge the gap between their academic potential and their academic performance. These students need intensive support in addition to core and supplemental instruction. The teacher serves as a mentor three times a week, to help them with academic performance, advocacy skills, study strategies, future planning, transitioning beyond middle school, organization, and time management.