EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Academy Charter School – Palmer, AK

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Academy Charter School

801 East Arctic Avenue
Palmer, AK, 99645-6179

(907) 746-2358

Ms. Barbara Gerard, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Matanuska Susitna Borough

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Mission

To create a learning system that encourages and develops students' inherent abilities to be competent, confident, productive and responsible young adults.
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 8%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 3%
 

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Academy Charter School strives to create knowledgeable, hard-working, deep-thinking citizens.

Academy Charter School strives to create knowledgeable, hard-working, deep-thinking citizens.

Summary

We choose to stay a small school where the principal knows every student, their parents, and their hopes and dreams. The teachers, trained in innovative curricula such as Core Knowledge and Spalding, work hard to ensure that every child has successes each day, yet is challenged to deepen their understanding that it's not about quick and easy, but about persevering and doing their best. Students are evaluated for aptitude and ability early in the start of each year and placed in small learning groups (13 PTR) with similar like-learners for the language arts and mathematics blocks. The school responds to each student's needs, even in some cases placing students ahead a grade for language arts and/or mathematics, with flexibility in adjusting their placement throughout the year. Teachers target instruction on a personal level, keeping students more accountable as they are not able to fly under the radar with poor work habits, incomplete understanding, etc. Teachers build relationships with students in a more intimate setting. It is conducive to a classroom culture of achievement.

In addition to the basic academics of the school, Academy supports a well-rounded learning environment with a variety of experiences, such as Spanish classes for K-8, afternoon labs in a variety of subjects, and field trips/hands-on learning. Grades K-8 rotate through sessions of labs that include art, writing, science, geography, computers, and Spanish/PE. K-8th grade participates in Tae Kwon Do each week. The labs are taught by specialists who are passionate and knowledgeable about that subject area.