Presentation on theme: "Crossroads est. 2004 Soundings est. 1998 Gateways est. 2007 Watershed est. 1988 6 th Grade 7 th Grade 8 th Grade RADNOR MIDDLE SCHOOL’S ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS."— Presentation transcript:
Crossroads est. 2004 Soundings est. 1998 Gateways est. 2007 Watershed est. 1988 6 th Grade 7 th Grade 8 th Grade RADNOR MIDDLE SCHOOL’S ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS Preparing Students for the 21 st Century
Integrated Learning The skills and topics of science, social studies, and language arts are not separated out, but are addressed through a common theme: 6 th : Crossroads – Culture and Community 7 th : Watershed – Darby Creek Watershed 8 th : Soundings – Democratic Classroom Gateways – Science and Technology
Common features of the four programs: Grouping: 40 Students and two teachers in a double-sized classroom. Integration of disciplines: No separate language arts, science, or social studies. Academic Levels: Open to students of all abilities with minimal exceptions. Differentiation occurs within the class. Classroom Without Walls: More opportunities for learning experiences outside the classroom setting.
More common features of the four programs: Authentic Assessment Methods Presentations (group/individual) Projects (group/individual) Log Book – written responses Individual goal setting Fewer tests, quizzes, and short-term homework assignments Progress Reporting Student self assessments with teacher and parent comments Mid and end-of-year narrative evaluations Evening open houses Frequent feedback but no grades or H.A.C.
What do we learn? We learn our language arts, science, and social studies skills through the study of four levels of culture and community: Family Community Nation World
Where do we go from here? We encourage you to learn more about Crossroads by exploring the Crossroads website, especially the Crossroads FAQs. Also, be on the lookout for information concerning informational meetings with fifth grade students. These meetings are open to parents. Click here for the Crossroads website: http://www.rtsd.org/Page/4770http://www.rtsd.org/Page/4770