Focus On Learning

"Why we use Standards Based to learning:

  • Keeps the focus on learning.

  • Allows students to progress at different rates, including working ahead.

  • Allows teachers to customize instruction to meet the needs of individual students.

  • Ensure no gaps in a child’s knowledge.

  • Encourages students to take ownership of their learning. (This is what I know and can do. This is what I don’t know or can’t do. This is what I am working toward.)

  • Allows students to show their knowledge in a variety of ways.

  • Allows students to recover from a previous low or failing grade. Example: A student does not understand an algebraic concept and fails a test; however, the student works hard and finally understands the concept that a month ago he/she did not understand. Because the focus is on the grade and not the learning, this “F” impacts the student’s final grade even though the student may now have mastered this algebraic concept.

  • Students stretch themselves to do something that is challenging without fear that “failing” will impact their grade long-term. Hence, the focus is on the learning.

  • Mastery (learning something or getting good at something) is consistent with real world and lifelong learning. This approach causes teachers to think about what they are doing and why they are doing it (i.e. not wasting students’ time with low level or busy work)"

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Do you feel like your child is being seen more as a test score than an individual? Pike Road Schools have implemented ALEX, a standards-based curriculum that keeps the focus on learning rather than statistics, ensuring that your child comprehends and retains the information being taught, rather than just being able to pass the test.

PIKE ROAD SCHOOLS’ PLEDGE TO PARENTS AND COMMUNITY

As a school system, WE PLEDGE to accomplish our mission of creating a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

We PLEDGE to support our students as learners by

  • Fostering a safe and nurturing learning environment.

  • Being responsive to students’ needs as learners to enable each student to reach his/her full potential.

  • Empowering teachers as designers, facilitators, navigators, mentors, encouragers, and leaders who guide, instruct, and support students in their learning.

  • Engaging students in their learning by creating experiences by in which students are solving real problems for a real audience.

  • Empowering students to be researchers, curators, content creators, and publishers.

  • Piquing students’ curiosity about how things work and encouraging them to ask questions, observe, investigate, take things apart, build, and create.

  • Structuring learning in a way that allows students to have more ownership over their learning.

  • Creating learning experiences that cause students to retain what they learn and be able to apply their learning to new situations.

  • Using technology resources to supplement, enhance, and accelerate students’ learning.

  • Empowering students to conduct in-depth research on topics of interest to them and to become the resident experts on their area of interest.

  • Assessing students’ knowledge and skills to devise each student’s learning path and reassess as needed to ensure students are continuously learning and making significant academic gains.

  • Flexibly grouping students to work on specific content objectives/skills based on their learning needs.

  • Supporting each student on his/her level with an emphasis on moving the student to the next level.

  • Allowing student learning to determine how we use time and resources.

We PLEDGE to communicate and partner with parents and the community by

  • Valuing parents as our partners and members of the school community.

  • Communicating and collaborating with parents about your child’s learning, events, and opportunities.

  • Providing parents ongoing access to their child’s progress as a learner and working together to monitor and discuss students’ progress.

  • Enlisting community support and volunteers to share their time, hobby, and/or allow our students to come into their place of business for shadowing, apprenticeships, and opportunities for solving real problems.

  • Collaborate with colleges and universities to provide online and onsite college courses to enable our high schools to earn college credit hours prior to graduating from high school.

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The Pike Road Way

"The strength of Pike Road Schools is grounded in our sincere desire to create a culture of intellectual curiosity. We are fearless about doing what is best for our students. We refer to how we do things as “The Pike Road Way.”

Our Mission: To create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

Our Vision: Our students are lifelong learners who use their knowledge, skills, and influence to make the world a better place.

Our Beliefs:

We believe intellectual growth occurs when learners are genuinely engaged in their learning.

We believe students are more engaged when they are solving real problems for a real audience.

We believe meaningful learning can occur any time and at any location.

We believe learners will do challenging work when failure is embraced as a valuable part of the learning process and they feel safe and valued.

We believe community members are valuable partners and must be involved in their schools.

We believe all members of the school community should treat each other like family.

We believe that every member of the school community contributes to student learning and should be a continuous learner.

We believe teachers are designers, facilitators, navigators, mentors, encouragers, and leaders who continuously work on improving the learning experiences designed for students and are highly respected experts who have a global impact on teaching and learning.

We believe parents are valuable partners and members of the school community.

We believe the superintendent and principals are lead learners and are highly respected experts who have a global impact on teaching and learning.

We believe the superintendent and school board function as a team, advocate for students, create capacity and build community."

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Links for More Info

Pike Road Pros. 7833 Vaughn Rd Montgomery, AL 36117. 334-546-2717. admin@pikeroadpros.com

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