Academics and ESLRs

Overview

 

The NMSS curriculum focuses on creating the optimal learning environment for the development of core academic competencies with real world application.  Key components to this curriculum include:

1)       Laptops available for student use on campus

2)       24/7 on-demand learning

3)       Expert instruction

4)       Early exposure to college and job opportunities

5)       Personalized education for each student

 

Expected School-wide Learning Results

(ESLR's)

With the mission and vision in mind, the following Expected School-wide Learning Results were created to ensure that graduating students could demonstrate the vision and mission of the school.

 

All NMSS students will:

N- Nurture academic progress and achievement for college readiness by:

  • Pursuing mastery in all content areas.

  • Creating a broad range of standard based assignments across academic curricula.

  • Assessing their own work using rubrics and criteria.

  • Demonstrating the ability to read, write, listen and speak effectively to diverse audiences.

  • Applying problem solving and critical thinking skills in academic settings independently and collaboratively.

  • Attending at least one college course.

 

M- Manage and pursue school and life goals by:

  • Setting short and long term personal, academic and professional goals.

  • Fostering success in academic and professional environments.

  • Practicing organizational and time management skills.

  • Participating in career exploration.

 

S- Support the pillars of character for self and others by:

  • Adhering to NMSS rules and expectations.

  • Demonstrating academic and personal integrity.

  • Promoting mutual respect, appreciation, and acceptance among people of different backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and beliefs.

  • Accepting responsibility for one's own behavior and actions.

  • Using appropriate models of communication when expressing ideas, collaborating, and resolving conflict.

  • Being responsible and productive citizens of the school, the community, and the world.

 

S- Sustain the skills necessary to participate in a technologically advanced society by:

  • Developing technological literacy and awareness.

  • Using a diverse spectrum of reliable resources as research tools.

  • Using appropriate technologies as academic, professional, and life-long learning tools.  

  • Communicating effectively and appropriately through various technologies.


What Is A 21st Century Scholar?

 

  • Competency in all core academic content areas

  • Media and information literacy (i.e., the ability to navigate the latest technology to obtain, synthesize and analyze a variety of information)

  • Excellent communication and top notch critical thinking skills

  • Initiative and self-direction in guiding  life-long learning endeavors

  • A commitment to integrity, social responsibility and an understanding of the context of the world in which he or she lives

  • Strong leadership skills and team-building capacity

 

Becoming the 21st Century Scholar

 

Based on NMSS’s extensive research of “how learning occurs best”,

NMSS believes learning occurs best when the following conditions are in place to ensure that all high school students are truly prepared for the 21st century:

 

PERSONALIZATION        

Instruction is personalized to meet each students' needs.

RELEVANCE     

Lessons are relevant to the students’ lives and have real-world application.

EARLY COLLEGE        

Students are exposed to college early on in their education and internalize the high expectations their teachers hold for them to succeed in college.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT        

Teachers continuously improve their craft by participating in robust professional development programs and peer collaboration.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY        

Advanced technology is leveraged as an engaging and efficient learning tool in the classroom.

RECRUITMENT STRATEGIES THAT ATTRACT AND REWARD TALENTED TEACHERS

The school attracts and retains teachers who are passionate, competent and engaging. This is achieve through the use of innovative recruitment strategies and a challenging career ladder.

ENGAGEMENT OF PARENTS/ GUARDIANS        

Parents/guardians are active in their students’ learning process.

DATA-DRIVEN DECISION-MAKING     

Data drives instructional decisions and informs teachers as to which topics need to be readdressed with students, who needs remediation, who needs to be further challenged, etc.