Innovations International Charter School of Nevada (IICSN) is a public K - 12 charter school that will use face-to-face teacher instruction, a technology lab, and limited computer Internet programs to teach its students. We are interested in helping students functioning at all levels. We want to see our students achieve greatness and become productive citizens in our school community.
Charter schools in Nevada are also equipped to assist students who are "at promise". Therefore, we have employed staff members who can also assist students who have not yet achieved English proficiency and who are at risk of dropping out of high school as they have been unable to meet the academic standards for high school graduation.
Teaching students using two languages at IICSN will help our students to learn both English and Spanish equally well. Research shows that students who learn two or more languages have scored relatively higher on tests. They also have higher daily attendance rates and lower dropout rates than Limited English Proficiency students. Since language development affects many sides of the brain, language minority students keep their native languages while becoming stronger in English. This also helps them to develop higher critical thinking and reasoning skills.
As an inclusive educational program, IICSN will integrate general education students, students having special needs, students identified as gifted and talented, and students identified as being at risk to form a unique learning community. We recognize that knowledge is a powerful tool generated by becoming aware that students have unique needs and abilities. Therefore, students having special needs will be educated alongside their peers in an effort to provide the necessary skills and curriculum to move them closer to high school proficiency and graduation.
All children are capable individuals who deserve access to...
Community members and organizations
... to become successful in our ever-changing world
All children can learn
Learning is a life-long process
Parents are a child's first teacher, they are an integral part of the educational process
Parents, children, community, and staff members are all members of a learning community developed to help children achieve
High expectations result in high academic achievement
Schools help to prepare children to become positive, informed consumers and citizens in our global society
All people are responsible for their actions and must accept responsibility for logical consequences for their behavior
Students' educational needs are the priority of the school and families
Education is a cooperative partnership between the school, families, and community members
Leadership - Leading from Behind
Literacy/Family Literacy Emphasis
Social Constructivism Utilizing the Tenets of Vygotsky
Education for Social Justice
Technology Enhanced Instruction
IICSN will also teach its students different strategies to help make learning easier. It is our goal to help students use all that they learn in each of their school classes in real life settings. Our Global Society will be a place where this will happen. Each afternoon, students will run a small community in the school where they take on the adult jobs of law enforcement, health care, banking, marketing, and much more. They will see that what they learn in class will be used in the real world as they become working members of society.
IICSN will follow a mixed approach to its school model. Three specific formats will be followed:
Kindergarten to grade five levels follow an on-campus traditional like school format for the students' eight hour, five day a week academic day.
Grades six to eight will follow the traditional format with the introduction of technology as a supplemental tool for instruction. Students will utilize face-to-face instruction and technology-based media laboratories to enrich their academic day.
Grades nine to twelve will utilize face-to-face instruction with core content area teachers and off campus follow-up and/or enrichment instruction as a format for limited distance education with technology, and web-based instruction via the Internet.
IICSN staff and teachers will measure student progress in many different ways. One way to measure success is through the results of testing as mandated by state and federal guidelines. In addition to mandated testing we will employ authentic forms of assessment to monitor students' progress (i.e.: portfolio development, project-based learning, performance-based instruction, and feedback).
Our educational staff is also very important to the development of the school's learning community. To ensure that our teachers deliver the best educational experiences for our students, we will:
Use action research
Monitor and unfold student and family success using the best teaching practices available
Invite families to become involved with the school
Measure success in terms of family satisfaction
Request feedback from our students to determine their satisfaction with our work at the school
Our Global Curriculum will work to build responsible citizens as we involve students throughout the school in learning projects. A hands-on approach will be used to help our students feel successful while showing what they have learned.