Our comprehensive educational philosophy is embodied in our ten core principles:
Student-centered, personalized learning.
We will carefully analyze where each student is academically, socially, emotionally, and work to provide a learning environment, academic plan, and support services that meet the needs of students on an individual basis.
Culture of high expectations.
We will set high academic standards that are consistent with a future of a successful college experience for all our students. We will challenge them to be their best. Teachers will also hold students to high behavioral standards, which are consistent throughout the school. The result is a respectful and orderly environment in which students can focus on learning and teachers can focus on teaching.
Self-pacing and mastery-based instruction.
Moving Everest teachers will utilize technology to enhance the ability of students to accelerate their learning where appropriate and to receive additional support as needed, moving forward when competency and mastery are achieved. We will provide tiered interventions including small-group and one-on-one tutoring for students who need extra attention in order to reach mastery.
Blended instructional model.
We will implement a blended model that utilizes technology- assisted instruction to provide: an opportunity for acceleration or remediation, enhanced student data, and feedback on student progress.
Moving Everest will be a data-driven environment where teachers will utilize student assessment feedback and data (such as NWEA MAP, teacher developed assessments, and data from our online content providers) on a continual basis to drive and personalize instructional decisions.
We will create an environment which empowers students with the skills, information and tools they need to manage their own learning, assisting them in becoming intrinsically motivated to grow and experience success.
Focus on reading.
A critical factor in determining success in school is a child's ability to read. Our curriculum will include an intensive reading program that will build strong, confident readers who love to read and pursue reading independently outside of school. Extensive professional development for our teachers on techniques which have proven to be effective in promoting reading skills among low-income students and early and frequent assessments to identify students in need of extra assistance will be utilized.
A consistent program of character development will be incorporated in the school. Virtues such as: wisdom, respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion, and integrity will be taught. School uniforms, clear and consistent discipline and merit systems, daily routines and rituals, and school-wide academic support help ensure a structured environment that supports character development.
Social and emotional needs.
Students have multiple social and emotional barriers to learning that impede their ability to be successful. We will work closely with counselors, social workers and our after-school partner to address the social and emotional needs of students to ensure that they are prepared to learn.
Partnership with an afterschool provider.
The school has established a partnership with a strong after-school provider that assists the school in addressing a multitude of barriers to student learning.