Adams Traditional Academy is committed to providing a traditional, back-to-basics education within a framework of high standards and high expectations in a safe environment. Its purpose is to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge, to teach critical thinking, and to develop good citizenship and leadership skills. Choice Academy strives to become nationally competitive by achieving its objectives through sequential increase in knowledge and student accountability, highly trained teachers, and strong parental involvement.
ATA exists to provide a better choice for children to excel in their elementary academic years. A child’s success in high school and college is directly related to the foundation of his/her education. A child’s success in these elementary years is also directly related to the partnership between the school and parent.
This partnership between ATA and the parent is demonstrated by parents assisting and encouraging the student to excel in all areas of academics, responsibility and behavior. Success at ATA requires that parents take an active role in their child’s education. If parents value achievement, learning and good citizenship, then the child will also. Valuing achievement is demonstrated at home when parents are looking at daily planners, being aware of what the child is learning and encouraging best effort in all school work. A child is likely to be excited about learning when parents are seen reading. Good citizenship involves respecting both the staff and the other students at school. Arriving to class on time and striving to have consistent attendance teaches responsibility and accountability that are essential to success in college and career. The elementary school years are formative and will be the students’ foundation for higher learning and leadership.
ATA provides a curriculum and education objectives that go beyond the state standards. With a strong science and humanities lab component, the school’s goal is to develop well-rounded, competent students. We utilize the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence in addition to the Spalding Integrated Language Arts, Singapore Math, Open Court Reading, Excellence in Writing and Latin programs. .
The ATA program will differ from other standard district school programs in many ways.
A. ATA believes in parent involvement and parent input. A Site Council, Parent/Teacher Organization, volunteer support, and an open-door policy all provide parents with ongoing information and the ability to participate in their child’s education and operation of the school.
B. Curriculum selected is research-based and may include time-honored methods as well as innovative programs allowing students to obtain a solid foundation of all core subjects. Programs include Spalding Integrated Language Arts, Singapore Math, Excellence in Writing, Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence, lab-based science instruction with Using Science Notebooks, history, geography, economics and Latin.
C. ATA believes strongly that a traditional, whole-group direct instruction should be the primary educational method of teaching. Hands-on, exploratory and integrated humanities, technology and science are vital to the implementation of the full-scope of learning to create a well-rounded child.
D. Personal accountability and responsibility will remain a focus for all grade levels. Regular testing, assignment grading and long-term reports and projects are required so students may grow academically and in self-esteem. These items are also used to determine intervention needs at the individual level.
E. Homework will be integral for student success. Regular review and reinforcement of classroom instruction is vital for drill and practice.
F. Reading instruction will begin with decoding and fluency. It will incorporate comprehension even at the lower grades by exploring quality classical literature. Requirements for reading pages and book reports will spiral* through the grades. Students will also develop an increased ability to think critically.
G. The ability to analyze and critique literature will become increasingly more important as the student progresses through the grade levels.
H. Art displays, music productions, memory pieces of prose and poetry and public presentation skills will be required.
I. Self-image for all students is improved by gaining the mastery of skills that have been delivered in small parts through highly trained teachers. Drill, practice and intervention will allow students to be successful and through success gain confidence in themselves.
J. The school, as well as classroom teachers, provides recognition for achievements in learning and behavior.
K. The discipline policy is spiraling** and sequential. Classroom consequences, office referral, detention and suspension will all be used to maintain a calm and orderly environment allowing all children to learn. Discipline will focus on behavior compliance, teaching responsibility and include adherence to strict dress standards and attendance policies.
*Definition of Spiral – A method of revisiting concepts each year and increasing comprehension.
**Definition of Spiraling – A method of revisiting expectations each year and decreasing leniency.