Common Core Programs
■ Common Core Programs ( ) 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 for Children and Youth
■ Harkness Table
■ Storytelling programs / Drama
■ Honored Book Club Programs
■ National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) ( )
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:
* 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 ( )
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.