The Classical Academies adhere to all California State Standards. In the last ten years, we have seen significant changes to standards in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and history. These changes have served to strengthen our educational programming and enhance learning at all levels. We continue to work with our teachers and parents to ensure that the integration of these standards fits within the uniqueness of our program.
Standards provide a clear and consistent road map as we plan curriculum and instruction. They provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to know and be able to accomplish academically. The state standards articulate a set of goals and learning targets for K-12 students. The goal behind these standards is to best position students to compete successfully in the global economy, thus fully preparing all students for college, career, and citizenship.
We use a variety of assessments to track understanding, monitor progress, and celebrate accomplishments. Assessments include formative assessments that take place during learning and summative tests that provide end-of-unit data on learning. We implement the use of teacher/parent-created tests as well as standardized testing. A variety of questioning techniques are used in assessments, including, but not limited to, multiple-choice, free response, project-based, and performance-based.
Beginning in the fall of 2021, we will be monitoring annual personal growth using Renaissance STAR assessments. We also administer the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in grades 3 – 11 each spring. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians are able to opt-out of annual testing by submitting a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments. High School students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes take the College Board AP exams. High school students are also encouraged to take the SAT’s and/or ACT’s as required for college admissions.