Published on March 31, 2021 | View All Articles
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Our Self-Paced Mastery Program

ARCHES Academy is a new approach to K-8 public education. The ‘old way’ of grouping students together by age results in struggle. Some students can’t keep up. Other students are bored. Worst of all, students are giving up on themselves or are causing trouble to entertain themselves. What can be done?

We’re glad you asked! At ARCHES Academy our self-paced mastery model addresses this crisis and more. We’ve deconstructed the traditional classroom assignment process, unpacked grading and report cards and opened up a new way of embracing education -- based on each unique child.

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We group our students at the level that works for them, by their abilities. As soon as we meet a new student we begin a dialog with them and their families and caregivers as to who they are and how they learn. We group our students by learning levels, not solely by age.

Our students each learn and grow at their own pace. Their mastery of a concept or skill is assessed by a predetermined set of standards that align with Arizona’s state standards. We look for our students to be at an 80% mastery in order to move forward to another skill or concept. If a student doesn't meet that 80%, they get more time. More help. And more support. If they do meet the 80%, they move onward into a new application. We ensure our students have a strong foundation before ever moving forward. We know each child is unique and we celebrate their learning styles and differentiated pacing.

We do not use report cards. Our students learn and grow at a pace that works for them. Our ARCHES Academy students flourish because their learning is as fast or as slow as they need. Our self-paced mastery program is completely overhauling traditional classroom environments in the sense that every child influences their personal learning trajectory at our school. Through highly attentive guidance from mentors and teachers, every K-8 child moves to and from their personally-scheduled classes, created to reflect their current abilities and mastery.

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We assess 80% mastery by asking questions like:

Our small school and small K-8 class sizes means every ARCHES student is seen and heard for who they are. Our adaptive and dynamic self-paced learning creates classes that are engaging and fun; with high academic achievement and retention. We don’t shy away from failure because we believe failure is never the end of the story. Rather, we recognize failing as a stepping stone to learning. And with our self-paced model, mastery is fluid and personal.

ARCHES Academy also provides strong character and leadership development. We embrace positive values and compassionate behavior alongside teaching life skills such as effective listening, presentation and public speaking, time management, and goal setting. If your student could benefit from personalized attention, academic excellence, well-qualified teachers and small class sizes, check us out today. We’re enrolling!

About ARCHES Academy
Our commitment is to help each K-8 learner achieve mastery of the standards by use of authentic learning experiences, coaching and mentoring, freedom of choice, and personal responsibility. At ARCHES Academy, our educational approach produces outstanding individuals who not only have acquired exceptional literacy in the arts and sciences, but mastery over self and true leadership ability. ARCHES is growing! Enrolling K-8 tuition-free today!

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