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Curriculum

At Orchard Park Academy, our philosophy and approach to education is to provide an academic experience that exceeds all other school offerings. Orchard Park currently utilizes curriculum that is rich in current Common Core Standards and expectations for all students. Our teachers have been extensively trained in their curriculum areas, as well as in Common Core. Orchard Park staff not only partakes in District professional development, but also school-level trainings as they pertain to our program.

Orchard Park focuses on PBL- Project Based Learning. This is critical in a child's world as we teach them how to problem solve and develop critical thinking skills, all while learning to use and incorporate technology. The focus of PBL allows for each child to be provided with an individual learning experience that is tailored to their learning needs.

Orchard Park believes in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning methods. Orchard Park's leaders and teachers have experienced this first hand in public, private and charter school environments.  Educators have witnessed the benefits of hands-on learning through individual and group projects, and know the value of engaging, challenging projects and interdisciplinary activities that enrich classroom instruction and curriculum.
 
Learn more about the background and overview of Project Based Learning.

View an example of Project Based Learning.

 

Character Education

Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

What is School-wide Positive Behavior Support?
PBS is our school-wide discipline plan and the way of work to monitor behavior. The PBS goals are to increase the number of students being successful and to reduce the number of students receiving numerous referrals. Students need to be TAUGHT the correct behavior. This is best done through modeling and repeated practice. Achievement scores also increase when students are actively listening and participating in class. Students receive rewards for good behavior based on their classroom policies.

PBS...
•    Is a collaborative assessment-based process to developing effective interventions for problem behavior
•    Aims to build effective environment in which positive behavior is more effective than problem behavior.
•    Emphasizes the use of preventative, teaching, and reinforcement based strategies to achieve meaningful and durable behavior and lifestyle outcomes.

What does PBS look like in our school? 
•    Uses schoolwide expectations and rules in specific settings to teach students appropriate behavior.
•    Classroom reward systems are used to encourage and model appropriate behavior, and effective consequences to discourage inappropriate behavior.
•    Awards assemblies to reward appropriate behavior or “Good Citizenship” and learning gains. 
•    Use data from referrals and minor infractions to target problem behavior.

Levels of PBS 
•    School-Wide: Procedures and processes intended for all students, staff throughout the building.
•    Classroom: Processes and procedures that reflect school-wide expectations for student behavior coupled with pre-planned strategies applied within classrooms.

Parent Tips
Here are some ideas of things you can do at home with your child:
• Talk to your child about their day.
• Keep communication between you and the teacher active throughout the school year.
• Focus on, and encourage, the positive choices your child is making.