CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

In order to support the rigorous educational standards set forth by Liberty Academy’s charter, teachers and support staff utilize a variety of research-based, reliable texts as well as original sources to instruct their students. The administration at Liberty Academy plans to keep at the forefront the objective of “Restoring the American Heritage” by providing students a variety of in-depth studies of the people, places, events and values which have shaped this great nation.

Many varied curricula are utilized at Liberty Academy to create a well-rounded, comprehensive educational foundation for each student, meeting the curricular goals and objectives of both Liberty Academy and the state of Utah.

Distance Education Catalog

Liberty Online Courses 2011 2012 (1)

Students taking part in our Distance Learning program will be offered video fine arts classes as well as core classes taught with a fine arts twist.

These classes are also offered to students participating in our CAP Program – CAP Information Packet

Sequence, Math, and Reading – Building on “The Big Rocks”

Core Knowledge: (K-8) Core Knowledge is a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade. This sequential building of knowledge not only helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn, but also helps prevent the many repetitions and gaps that often occur. Core Knowledge is Solid, Sequenced, Specific and Shared, meaning that students will receive instruction that builds upon itself and aids them in becoming culturally and academically literate. This curriculum exposes children to a broad array of topics typically not covered in traditional curriculum programs and builds upon itself grade by grade, gradually getting more and more in-depth.

(For more, see http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/index.htm)

Saxon MATH (K-12)

(For more, see http://saxonpublishers.hmhco.com/en/sxnm_home.htm)

Liberty Academy also utilizes the Balanced Literacy approach to Language Arts instruction. It is based on the research of Marie Clay, Irene Fountas, and Gay Su Pennell. Children read and write each day independently and in group settings (both large and small). Literacy Collaborative classrooms focus on four different types of reading experiences:
• Reading aloud to children
• Shared reading – whole class
• Guided reading – small group
• Independent reading

Accelerated Reader (K-12) This is an online reading comprehension and vocabulary assessment program which allows students to test their knowledge after reading any of 120,000+ books. It is accompanied by STAR Reading software which aids teachers in identifying individual student reading levels. From the results on the STAR Test, students are assigned a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) which designates the student’s instructional reading level. Students are highly motivated to take a quiz and see how well they remembered details from the books they read.

(For more, see http://www.renlearn.com/ar/)

A+nyWhere Learning System (K-12) This program will assist us in gathering data on the progress of our students throughout the year in several subject areas, giving us accurate and frequent snapshots of student learning. A+LS will allow us to have students take a pre-assessment in several of the core subject areas and then, based on the results, prescribe a series of pre-made lessons for the student to study and test on afterwards. This will support our reading, math, and science programs in all grades as well as offer test prep (CRT, IOWA, UBSCT, SAT, ACT, etc.), credit recovery, and specific subject offerings for our upper grades. The program is entirely computer-based, thereby supporting our students’ interest in and affinity for technology, as well as training them for their computer-based end-of-year testing.

(For more, see http://www.backbonecommunications.com/a-solutions/)