The academic success of S.A.C. Prep is based on giving students more time on task. Students attend school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, all students have time after school to meet with their teachers during “office hours” (a minimum of twice weekly from 3:00 – 4:00) and get help with their work from tutors and staff. Students are also able to contact teachers on their cell phones to address any issues with homework, thus eliminating many excuses for failure.
Students spend at least 1.5 hours every day in English language arts and math instruction. While the curriculum is standards-based, a heavy emphasis is placed on developing strong fundamental skills, including vocabulary development, reading comprehension, writing, and math computation. In grades 5-8, students spend one hour a day committed to science and history learning, focusing on higher order thinking skills such as cause and effect relationships, comparing and contrasting information, and analyzing key concepts. The goal for all students is to be proficient or advanced in all subjects by the time they graduate from eighth grade.
Teachers are expected to be mission-driven, to hold high expectations for academic performance and behavior, and to maintain an unwavering focus on exemplary instruction. They are expected to be results-oriented and to help students gain 1 to 1 ½ grade levels of growth in one school year. Teachers use six sets of interim assessments throughout the school year to measure student progress toward mastery of the California Common Core Standards (CCSS). The first one will be used as a baseline to measure growth at the end of the year.
SAC Prep (5th grade to 8th grade) has met its academic performance goals for six years in a row, making tremendous gains by increasing the Academic Performance Index (API) from 614 in 2006-2007 to 846 in 2012-2013. In 2011-2012 the school expanded from 5th grade – 8th grade to kinder – 8th grade. In August 2010, the California State Board of Education adopted the CCSS. In June 2011, California joined 24 other states in implementing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and in May 2014, S.A.C. Prep participated in the statewide field test.
The CCSS is a set of clear college and career ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade and focuses on English language arts / literacy and mathematics. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to take credit bearing introductory courses in two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce. Our goal is to promote high student achievement across all grades level, including English learners and students with special needs.