New Day Academy Profile
New Day Academy is a direct-funded Independent Study Charter School, sponsored by the Ravendale-Termo School District. Because of our non-classroom-based program we are able to serve students in Modoc County, as well as the contiguous counties (Shasta, Lassen and Siskiyou). Our enrollment, as of the Spring 2012 semester was 245 students. We serve students in grades K-12. The student population consists of a solid representation of racial/ethnic and socio-economic groups consistent with northeastern California. We received our current charter with Ravendale-Termo in July 2009, extending our service to students through July 2014.
The mission of New Day Academy is to enable students to become competent, contributing members of society, equipped with the reading, writing, mathematical, technological and problem-solving skills necessary for success in a rapidly changing world. New Day Academy is a K-12 charter school established as a non-profit corporation serving the educational needs of students and families who desire a personalized option different from the traditional public school system. The school delivers an individualized curriculum emphasizing the development of strong core learning competencies, knowledge and attributes necessary to lead a fulfilling and successful life. Particular attention is focused on four curricular areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Science, and Science. Technology serves as another component of the learning options. New Day Academy centers its efforts and resources on students who learn best independently and have a supportive home environment, but also enrolls “at-risk” students who are willing to work within a guided, personalized structure.
New Day Academy is guided by our Expected School Wide Learning Results, also know as our ESLRs:
ESLR #1 – Academic Achievers who:
- Are self directed, independent learners, who plan for their educational futures by setting goals and establishing priorities
- Show proficiency in essential literacy, writing, and mathematical skills
- Assume responsibility for personal life-long learning
ESLR #2 – Effective Communicators who:
- Are able to read, write, speak, and listen reflectively and critically with a sense of purpose
- Use technology effectively
ESLR #3 – Responsible Citizens who:
- Are contributing members of society
- Are able to problem solve effectively making informed and responsible decisions
- Accept and respect diverse viewpoints, lifestyles, and opinions
- Are able to function in a global society
A learning team consisting of the instructor, parent/guardian and student uses a variety of curriculum resources and methodologies to help students reach learning goals. The instruction is provided in various settings, including homes, learning centers, community sites or a combination of these locations. Staff members use a variety of delivery methods that include, but are not limited to: face-to-face individualized instruction, independent learning, computer-based instruction, on-line inquiry, school-directed workshops, tutorials and labs, as well as concurrent enrollment in junior/community college courses, when appropriate. All instruction is aligned with the California Curriculum Standards and learning plans include reference to standards addressed in the work assigned to students.
The learning team develops personalized, flexible learning plans to meet individual student needs and family schedules. Instructors interact with students in regularly scheduled meetings, during classes, workshops, tutorials and labs, as well as in contacts by telephone and e-mail. The staff individualizes instruction while maintaining high standards and seeking appropriate learning outcomes for all students. We combine a traditional academic core with the power of individualized learning in a variety of modes. Using and integrating different types of technologies with the curriculum, the staff is less restricted by time, place, or learning resources.
The goal is to engage students with materials and activities that maximize their learning styles and strengths. It empowers supportive parents to be active partners in the personal and educational growth of the child.
The school focuses on addressing the special learning needs of all students, offering Special Education and Title I programs for those students who qualify. The Lassen County Office of Education SELPA provides staffing, evaluation, and programming for students with active IEP’s, while New Day Academy provides Title I instructors for those who meet that criteria.
Students in grades 9-12 must complete the following course of study, which results in the accumulation of at least 230 credits, in order to receive a Graduation Diploma. Credits are awarded as follows: Five (5) credits per course per semester. (a year-long course equals 10 credits). Each student, beginning with the Class of 2006, must also pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE).
English (40 credits)
Mathematics (Including at least one year of Algebra…..30 credits)
Science (20 credits)
World History (10 credits)
U.S. History (10 credits)
Government (5 credits)
Economics (5 credits)
Humanities (Foreign Language and/or Visual/Performing Arts….20 credits)
Physical Education (20 credits)
Vocational/Technical/Life Skills (10 credits)
Health (2.5 credits)
Electives (57.5 credits)
GRADING SYSTEM/GRADE POINT AVERAGE
New Day Academy (formerly Modoc Charter School) uses the following grading system and grade point average calculation:
A = 90-100% (An “A” earns 4.0 grade points)
B = 80-89% (A “B” earns 3.0 grade points)
C = 70-79% (A “C” earns 2.0 grade points)
D = 60-69% (A “D” earns 1.0 grade points)
F = 0 to 59% (An “F” earns NO grade points)
No weighted grades or grade points are included in the school grading system.