EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School – Santa Rosa, CA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School

4650 Badger Road
Santa Rosa, CA, 95409-2633

(707) 528-5319

Mr. Matthew Marshall, Principal at time of Nomination

Edward Navarro, Current Principal

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Santa Rosa City Schools

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Mission

The Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School is formed to serve students grades 5 and 6 who show the interest, ability, and promise of succeeding in an academically challenging and specialized setting. Students will be provided high interest, standards-based, real world experiences for learning at the level in which growth proceeds most effectively. Integration of technology and making connections across the disciplines will be the key element of the educational experience. These experiences will provide students opportunities to become self-motivated, competent, and life-long learners.
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 75%
  • Asian: 23%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 5%
 

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Summary

The Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School mission is to serve students in grades five and six who show the interest, ability, and promise of succeeding in an academically challenging and specialized setting. The fundamental belief of SRACS is that EVERY student enrolled can learn through a differentiated curriculum that provides her/him opportunities for acceleration depth, complexity, and novelty while also offering learning experiences that tap into her/his significant interests, passions, or talents.

Unlike traditional schools, SRACS teachers are in charge of the design model of the curriculum, which is grounded in the Common Core State Standards & the NGSS for grade level content. At the heart of our program is a focus on "universal concepts" (such as power, change, systems, structure) coupled with having students view a given topic from different disciplinary perspectives (such as sociology, economy, linguistics) in order for them to see the interdisciplinary connections of a single topic, theme, or event. Students are then asked to showcase their "coming to know" through exhibitions of individual and/or collective work. These conceptual lenses provide a new paradigm for students to understand the disciplines they study.

In addition to a differentiated curriculum model, we also emphasize a collaborative approach. Our parents, students, and staff work as a team to create an educational experience that is both rigorous and thought provoking. It is through this partnership that our school has succeeded in being a place where students can be challenged and supported to think with new perspectives and understanding.