Academically, we will have a proven track record of achieving our organizational goal of scholars achieving an average of 1.5 years of growth in both reading and math on the NWEA MAP assessment. Additionally, 80% of scholars who have spent at least two years at Roots will be at or above the 50th percentile in each subject.
Scholars will spend key instructional time in small groups that are strategically developed based on their learning objectives, in a way that is truly tailored to their academic strengths and gaps.
Scholars at the end of third grade will demonstrate autonomy through the ability to make smart and responsible choices about their learning. They will be empowered to develop their goals and personal learning plans independently and present them to their Learning Coach for advice and feedback.
In a traditional school model, students with a wide range of strengths and needs are expected to learn the same content in the same way at the same pace. Roots Elementary will “knock down the walls” of the traditional classroom and leverage great educators and cutting-edge technology to allow students to progress largely at their own pace, learn in the modality that is most effective for them, and enrich the core academic program in ways that ignite their intellectual curiosity. This philosophy is best embodied in The Grove, a large, open space inside of the school where students work on a wide array of personalized projects.