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ACADEMICS

Common Core Programs 

■ Common  Core  Programs ( www.corestandards.org ) from PK to 12 th  

- Why Common Core?
■ Emphasizes critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills
■ Prepares all students who graduate from high school to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live

- What is Common Core?

■ A set of high-quality standards in English language arts, literacy, and          mathematics

■ Outlines what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade

Humanities Programs

■ Humanities   for   Children   and   Youth  

■ Harkness   Table 
■ Storytelling   programs /   Drama  

■ Honored   Book   Club   Programs 

■ National   Council   for   the   Social   Studies (NCSS) ( www.socialstudies.org

STEM & STEAM

■ STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

STEM is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons. Students apply science, technology, engineering, and math in contexts that make connection between the classroom and the world around them.  With STEM education, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) are used:

   * Evidence-based

   * Model and theory

   * Continually extends, refines, and revises knowledge

   * Divided by grade-level and  topic-based

 

■ STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math

STEAM is STEM + the Arts.  By adding the Arts, teachers create an essential tool for attracting students who otherwise would have found more traditional STEM education inaccessible. MCA is  adding   the A to   STEM   with   Makers   Education.  MCA  has  been  offering  Makers  Education  since  2015  with  Reggio Program. This opens a new level of creativity where students' artistic abilities can be expressed through the use of technology. 

STEAM education at MCA includes Robotex International - Robo League Competition, and MCA Science Fair. MCA students participate in robotics-related programs such as WeDO 2.0, Spike Prime, and Mindstorms EV3.

Strong Math Program 

MCA’s  ILP (Individual  Learning  Program)  can  help  to  extend  students’ knowledge   and   problem-solving   skills. 

Khan   Academy ( www.khanacademy.org )

As widely known, Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org) is a non-profit organization providing free, top-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Its online program will be actively utilized for students’ self-study or homework assignment as a way of complementing MCA’s ILP-based curriculum.

For instance, advanced students can make use of this program in the free time they may have during the academy day or at home.