Our Approach to Learning
TCP Academy strongly believes that students must learn to develop a sense of self-agency and take ownership of their learning by developing habits of lifelong learners in a collaborative environment. TCP Academy believes learning should be FUN!
In order for students to achieve a sense of self-agency and ownership, We Believe In:
Goal Setting and Achievement - setting and tracking daily, weekly, monthly, semester and yearly goals
Mastery of Knowledge - reaching a 75% mastery level and full comprehension of knowledge is of utmost importance
Student Freedom - deciding on what they would like to learn and when, within given parameters
Discovering Knowledge - by exploring and researching the meaning of content individually and collaboratively through intuitive questioning, reading, web searching, and Socratic style conversations.
Project-based Learning: creating an active learning environment of collaboration
We understand each student may learn at different paces and in different ways, so our classroom is structured to meet our students where they are individually to provide them the best learning experience possible. To ensure each student's academic success, TCP Academy provides:
Small Class Sizes builds deep, strong and meaningful relationships
6-7 students per grade
Student:Teacher Ratio of 7:1 or less
Blended Learning In-person
Utilizes online platforms and content, and
Student and Teacher-led learning activities
Self-Paced & Personalized Learning
Students move on to the next concept or slow down to gain mastery as needed
Personalized learning plans based on student's mastery of content
Our Approach to Teaching
To foster a positive environment we create a team-centered culture consisting of 12-14 students who are led by teachers that we call a Head Coach (teacher) and an Assistant Coach, that work closely with the team and form personalized relationships with each team member.
Our model emphasizes coaches guiding students into discovering new knowledge and skills and refining the skills the student already possesses. Coaches are responsible for determining the skill level of each student in each subject, then co-creating a game plan with the student (and parent) that will lead the student to mastering that skill or set of skills. With this model, students develop an increase in motivation and determination towards accomplishing meaningful goals that they set.
Along the way, coaches may introduce new techniques and methods that enable the students to enhance and refine their skills; however, the coach's job is to evaluate the performance of each student, assess that performance with the student, and guide the student as they make the necessary adjustments as needed.
We also believe that parents and families play an intricate role in the learning process for their child and the team, therefore, they help shape their student's learning plan and are enrolled as resources to the school community.
Our Approach to Grading
We believe that grading needs to be done differently. We believe that memorizing knowledge to pass tests doesn't produce true knowledge retainment. We believe that if students can successfully present information they have gathered and learned in detail and express how they used that information in a practical and logical way to accomplish something, than they truly have learned and retained knowledge and information.
Therefore, TCP Academy places a higher emphasis on Portfolio Assessment grades than tests. Tests will still be taken, however, with less impact on a students grade. Portfolio assessments:
Highlight the process of learning and each student's accomplishments
Promote communication - between students, teachers & parents - and enhance student's speaking ability & comfortability
Encourage student self-evaluation
Promote accountability and becoming self-directed learners
Create transparency by outlining objectives, standards and goals students strive to meet