IDEA Center High School, a WASC Accredited school and home of the Mavericks, is a small alternative school of choice, open to students grades 9-12. We focus on college and career readiness through a college preparatory curriculum linked to career and technical education pathways. Characterized by small class sizes and an integrated curriculum infused with technology, students at IDEA Center receive a Chromebook for student use at school and home. The IDEA Center teachers are content experts who serve as mentors/advisors to each student and work to support their academic needs and personal growth. Staff members serve as mentors/advisors to each student working to support their academic needs and personal growth. Here is our 2016-17 Single Plan for Student Achievement.
The school operates on a 4 X 4 quarter system. Teachers support and advise students in preparation for ongoing demonstrations of learning, internships, and projects.
- The school day is 8:12-2:42 for Juniors and Seniors and 9:00-3:30 for Freshmen and Sophomores.
- Monday through Thursday periods 1-4 are 75 minutes long, with a 30 minute lunch between 3rd and 4th period. Maverick hour is 44 minutes long for tutoring, advisory time, etc. There is a Maverick Hour in the morning before 1st period for Juniors and Seniors and after 4th period for Freshman and Sophomores. The passing periods – time moving from class to class – are 4 minutes each. You can download a copy of the schedule HERE.
- Advisory and tutorial periods are built into schedule – Maverick Hour.
- Fridays are collaboration days. All students begin at 9am and end at 1:56pm to allow for staff development time. Maverick Hour is 18 minutes long and is between 3rd period and lunch.
- University style quarter system, 4X4 block. Students will normally take two core classes, a Career Technical Education Class, and an elective each quarter.
- Students can acquire credits rapidly, allowing for time for possible internships and college classes their junior and senior years.
- Students are required to participate in a quarterly showcase of their learning each year.
Lesson plans, projects, and materials allow multiple points of entry to the curriculum.
All curriculum designed to incorporate all coursework necessary to meet the UC/CSU A-G requirements. Learning and projects in core classes attempt to be linked to career pathways related to Innovation and Design. Technology is key to learning. Students use a chromebook at home and school in a tech-rich learning environment.
- Career Pathways:
- Design, Visual, and Media Arts
- Food Service and Hospitality
- Residential and Commercial Construction
Support and Connections
Students will be supported, mentored, connected, and valued as individuals.
Class meets each day to build positive relationships, school culture, and participate in post-secondary planning and social and emotional learning. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students may go to tutoring during this time. Students also work on finding community service and internships in which they wish to participate.
Off-Campus Learning Experiences and Internships
At each grade level students may participate in experiences like industry tours, seminars, job shadows and internships that bring relevance to the school curriculum.
At IDEA, grades measure a student’s progress against known and established milestones — not against how well their classmates are doing. Grades mean the same thing from class to class.
Assignments are graded according to how well a student demonstrates understanding or mastery of the related standards. That understanding or mastery is scored on the following 4-point scale:
4 – Student consistently demonstrates an in-depth understanding of concepts, skills, and processes.
3 – Student frequently demonstrates an in-depth understanding of concepts, skills, and processes.
2 – Student occasionally demonstrates an in-depth understanding of concepts, skills, and processes.
1 – Student rarely demonstrates an in-depth understanding of concepts, skills, and processes.
Scores of 2, 3 and 4 meet standard. Score of 1 does not meet standard.
Each standard may be assessed more than once, if needed, to give the student the opportunity for more instruction and practice before a final score on a standard is determined.
Credit Bearing Grading Scale
Standard scores are calculated using averaging at the assignment/assessment level to calculate a recommendation to the teacher who will then determine the priority standard grade.
Grades are calculated by:
A – The average of all the standards assessed is between 3.60 and 4.00.
B – The average of all the standards assessed is between 3.20 and 3.59.
C – The average of all the standards assessed is between 2.80 and 3.19.
D – The average of all the standards assessed is between 2.30 and 2.79.
F – The average of all the standards assessed is 2.29 and below.
An “A” means that student has demonstrated thorough knowledge on most standards that have been assessed and are required to earn credit in the course.
A “B” means that student has demonstrated competency on most standards that have been assessed and are required to earn credit in the course.
A “C” means that student has demonstrated minimal competency on the standards that have been assessed and are required for the course. The student can continue to the next course but may need additional support.
A “D” means student did not demonstrate minimal competency on the standards that have been assessed and are required for the course. The student can continue to the next course but will need additional support.
An “F” means that student has met fewer than the minimal number of the standards required to earn credit in the course. The student will not receive credit for the course. The student is at significant risk of not successfully completing the next course in sequence or may not be promoted to the next course.
Pass/Fail Classes – A student must meet a minimal number of the standards in order to earn “Pass” in the course.
Building a Culture of Achievement
All stakeholders in the school commit to success for all students. With longer periods, teachers have time to further motivate students and help them build the confidence and skills needed for their academic and personal successes.
Systematic process for identifying students in need of additional academic, attendance, behavioral, or social-emotional interventions.
Athletic and Co-curricular Programs
Students who are eligible may participate in athletics and co-curricular programs at the local high school if they reside in that school’s attendance boundary.
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