Academics

Our Program

Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy (Western CFA) has established a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum that is relevant to the needs of 21st learners. It is our firm belief that the program below will ensure that all students will be firmly on the pathway to high school graduation, college graduation, and career success.Our parents and guardians are crucial partners in our success; this one-pager provides information about our academic program to best support students’ needs.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum includes four parts:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM): Western CFA students will have a STEM Exploration class period each day, in which they will work to solve real-world problems using science, technology, engineering, and math. In addition, Western CFA will offer additional electives in computer arts, website coding and design, engineering, and other STEM electives.
  • Blended learning: Blended learning utilizes technology to personalize an individual learning path for all students; it means, since each student will be issued a laptop by Western CFA, each student can work on coursework that is specific to his or her individual need, and all students will have time to work at this at their own pace.
  • Core Knowledge: The Core Knowledge Sequence© is a research-based curriculum ensuring all 7th and 8th grade students have the science and social studies background knowledge to be successful in high school.
  • Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced Placement is a program that ensures that students take college-level courses in grades 9–12. If students pass the credits for these courses, they can earn college credit while still in high school.

Assessment

We will be tracking student performance to make sure students are proceeding in their academic paths. The following types of assessments will be used to track student performance:

  • MAP: The NWEA MAP assessment will be delivered three times a year. This is a nationally-normed assessment that determines where students perform in relation to their peers across the United States.
  • Quarterly Common Formatives (QCFs): QCFs will be given as benchmark assessments every nine weeks. These will use the Galileo software to determine exactly which skills students will need additional support and instruction in.

Teachers will provide the results of each of these assessments to parents frequently.