Differentiated Instruction

Nova Classical Academy is a public charter school and welcomes any student who has a desire to learn. Every student learns differently. All students take in information visually, aurally, and kinesthetically, and each student has an easier time at one or two of these. Rather than adjusting the curriculum to each student’s learning style, Nova teachers can make major adjustments to the lesson, employing an extensive repertoire of instructional strategies, to help each student develop all three learning modalities further. Teachers differentiate lessons to meet student learning needs, but always with the purpose of raising students to the curriculum, not lowering the curriculum to any student.

Nova utilizes Response-To-Intervention (RTI) tiers to help supports students and their educational growth. Below is a description of the three tiers that the RTI team looks at to help support students. If your child is struggling, please contact John Larson, Director of Student Services, for more information on the RTI process and to brainstorm strategies to help support your child.

Tier 1—All Students

All students are provided with the same high-quality instruction and evidence-based curriculum in the general education classroom. Students’ progress is monitored regularly throughout the school year. This is the least intensive intervention, and one-to-one instruction is typically not provided. Most (about 80%) respond to tier 1 interventions.

 

Tier 2— Struggling Students

Some students do not respond to Tier 1 supports. These students are given an intervention in addition to the general education instruction and progress is monitored more frequently. Tier 2 interventions commonly consist of small-group instruction provided by a classroom teacher or qualified education assistant. Approximately 15% of students respond to tier 2 interventions.

 

Tier 3—Potential Referral for Special Education/504 Plan

About 5% of students respond to tier 3 interventions. Tier 3 interventions involve the most intensive support and interventions. This is for students who continue to struggle, academically or behaviorally, even with extra support. Interventions at this level often include one-to-one or small group instruction 4-5 days/week for approximately 6-8 weeks. Throughout this process, a student’s progress is monitored frequently to collect data in order to help educators determine if a special education referral is needed.

Clustering and ability grouping in mathematics and Latin will be key to making sure that students are being instructed at the appropriate level. The teachers and administration look at multiple pieces of data to help make these placement decisions. These include: MCA data, AIMS Web reading assessments, previous classroom performance, work samples, and teacher recommendations.

High Ability Students

Nova Classical Academy also recognizes that the educational needs of high-ability students are often not met in the traditional classroom. In addition to providing an accelerated core curriculum, we will employ best practices for these students within the framework of our classical curriculum, and school staff will work closely with parents to ensure that these needs are successfully addressed.

Special Education Students

Nova Classical Academy also recognizes that the educational needs of students who learn differently are often not met in the classroom. To meet the challenge of Nova’s accelerated core curriculum, we will employ best practices for these students within the framework of our classical curriculum, and school staff will work closely with parents and Special Education teachers to ensure that these needs are successfully addressed. Please contact John Larson, Director of Student Services, for more information about the special education process at Nova Classical Academy.

Nova also has a SEAC (Special Education Advisory Council) group comprised of parents to serve as a support for the school to help support all students in their educational journey. Please contact John Larson, Director of Student Services, for more information about SEAC.

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