A new instruction model combining core classes and teachers is making school a more positive experience for 65 high school freshmen
“In middle school, I would go to all of my academic classes and I would not be excited — in fact, I hated it,” said Ireland Missig, a student at Albemarle High School. “But these teachers are so excited, they’re so happy, that since I’ve been here, I come to my classes smiling … and actually wanting to learn.”
Team 19 will graduate in 2019. The ninth graders spend 3 hours a day in an environment that is not interrupted by classroom changes or separate courses.
The class is team taught by expert teachers in each of the four core subject areas. Students often find that they learn about multiple subjects simultaneously as the units are organized around themes.
A student of the program, Joshua Robinson, says he likes how the curriculum is organized.
“It’s really easy because there is only one thing that we have to focus on,” Robinson said.
The units are organized around themes. The current one is about slopes, so the activities include plotting slopes on graphs with the math instructor, reading “Peak”, a novel about Mount Everest, and printing 3D topographic maps of the world’s tallest mountain.