School Program – Kindergarten-8th grade
Curriculum – With a curriculum aligned with state of Ohio standards, the Arts and Sciences Preparatory Academy implements a thematic, interactive program incorporating multiple learning styles. The core curriculum includes Spanish and the nation’s top-rated Open Court Reading, SRA Math, and Harcourt Brace Science.
Students receive the rigor of college preparatory coursework coupled with the “hands-on” approach of Paragon that enables them to practically apply what they learn in class.
Mornings are dedicated to building solid skills in the core subject areas of reading, writing, math, and science. Afternoons feature alternating specials of Spanish, music, physical education, and a daily 90-minute block of our proprietary Paragon curriculum.
Technology – Fully integrated into the classroom and used daily as part of the curriculum rather than in a “tech lab.” There is at least one computer for every three students.
Unique program aspects (in addition to meeting or exceeding all state and federal standards):
200-day school year and full-day kindergarten option Uniform dress code and strong student behavior code of civility Parental involvement is stressed and monitored Pre- and Post- testing each fall and spring to measure “what students know” as well as “how much students have learned” during the year Longer school day (this along with the longer year provides 2 years of additional learning time during the first 9 years in the school) Multiple assessments including ITBS and OAT Spanish education for all students at all grade levels Intergenerational programs integrating senior citizens’ experience in the classroom Full-time curriculum coach to provide daily professional development Unique, research-based curriculum “Looping” whereby the student stays with the same teacher for 2-3 years Educational assistants for each Kindergarten and first grade class Fully integrated technology with high computer-student ratio Before and after school programs “Paragon Night” held every 5 weeks for students to demonstrate their learning accomplishments to their parents and the community Annual “customer satisfaction” surveys of parents At-will employment with bonus program Special education programs and services Extensive professional development program “Economy of Scale” product and service discount through 60-school network Governance through a non-profit organization selected by the parents of enrolled students. Enrollment – No tuition. This is a public charter school governed by the parents of enrolled students and other community members.
The Arts and Sciences Preparatory Academy is a K-8 community school established under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code. The school is a public school and students enrolled in and attending the school are required to take proficiency tests and other examinations as prescribed by law. In addition, there may be other requirements for students at the school that are prescribed by law. Students who have been excused from compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home education as defined by the Administrative Code shall no longer by excused for that purpose upon their enrollment in a community school. For more information about this matter contact the school administration or the Ohio Department of Education.