This two-day program is designed to train middle school students for the rigors of a High School college preparatory program. Through teacher directed in-class and online guidance, students receive planned weekly assignments and grades with an integrated Christian worldview. Parents engage and interact at home with their student through assignments and online learning with teacher supplied lessons and grades. We feature core academic and elective courses that follow typical grade-level scope and sequence.
Individual class sizes vary considerably. The average class size is 16. Except for certain situations, the maximum class size is 20.
Because of the unique nature of courses at Circle, the parent’s role is vital for student success. Parents, student, and teachers form a cord of three strands in order to achieve the highest level of academic and personal training possible. Parents are expected to daily engage with their student’s coursework by assisting with assignments as needed and monitoring their academic progress on the eLearning Campus. Parents should always model a positive attitude toward the classroom teacher, coursework, and education.
Teachers provide full lesson planning, assignments, and grading while parents actively direct the assignment-driven, at-home learning in the University-Hybrid-Model. Using a variety of instructional methods in the classroom and through at-home assignments and projects, teachers engage students in the curricula. Teachers also provide feedback and accountability through grading and assessment to ensure learning gains are achieved. In addition to academic growth, teachers at Circle seek to transform lives to the glory of God.
Circle’s eLearning Campus plays a significant role in our instructional model. It is essential for communication and connection between teachers, parents, and students. Teachers blend classroom learning with at-home learning by using their class pages to enhance the weekly lessons on the eLearning site. Students may encounter discussion forums, digital field trips, links to resources, images and documents, as well as personal teaching videos that add to the rich learning experience of our high school classes through the technology of the eLearning Campus. Computer and internet access is required to be successful in our learning environment.
The coursework in Fundamentals is expected to prepare your student for the workload they experience as they enter the high-school classroom. Critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills are emphasized as well as study skills, note-taking, and organization. Fundamentals’ courses follow a model similar to Circle’s high school classes.
In order to provide the highest level for student success, a placement test needs to be administered to ensure correct evaluation and provide time for any needed remediation. Foundational skills for Pre-Algebra (7th) and Algebra 1 (8th) are assessed at registration. (This is a placement test, not an end-of-course exam. Since this is an assessment of acquired knowledge, your student should not need to prepare for this test.)
Students who score at or above 80% on the placement test are prepared for the class and enrollment will be confirmed. Students with scores below 80% on the placement test need to complete remediation over the summer and retake the placement test by July 1 to have enrollment confirmed. Circle offers Summer Math Success for Class Placement to assist student development for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I Honors success. This is a skill-focused, on-site class taught by Circle math teachers and is designed specifically to remediate critical skills. To remain in the class, students must demonstrate a score of at or above 80% on the required placement test by July 1.
Circle Christian School offers several live, interactive, virtual education (L.I.V.E.) opportunities. These course are scheduled for times when the student is not on campus. They are designed to be completed from home. Teachers design courses for virtual engagement and high levels of student interaction. These are not ‘static’ online classes. Webcams are required. CCS L.I.V.E. courses meet the same stringent requirements for academic gains and transcript credibility. Labs are conducted virtually through demonstration and by assignment.
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