Evidence-Based Education and Academics
At Skyline Schools, student success is our mission
It is the mission of South Valley Prep and Arts Academy to provide each student and family with high-quality college and career-ready educational programs designed to stimulate life-long learning while developing character through academics, athletics, the arts, and leadership.
The Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS) were adopted in 2010 after extensive public comment and public meetings by the Arizona State Board of Education. Schools began implementing the standards during the 2013 school year. The ACCR Standards prepare Arizona students to become informed, productive members of their community by providing the academic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college or a career.
These standards significantly raise the bar for our students and focus on critical-thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication skills. However, when it comes to improving educational outcomes, there are no substitutes for quality curriculum, effective teachers, efficient administrative leadership, and engaged parents.
Our charter school in Phoenix, AZ, is founded on the premise that all students can be successful before, during, and after graduation. We believe that students should have opportunities to reach their dreams. For this to become a reality, we broadened the paths for students to learn. Honors classes are provided for individual students based on measured performance.
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Universal Design for Learning
Skyline Education promotes Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone. This is not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather a combination of flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports
Skyline Education offers rigor and relevance that supports Differentiated Instruction by increasing both knowledge and experience by providing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for students. MTSS is a term used to describe an evidence-based education model that uses data-driven problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. The integrated instruction and intervention are delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student needs.
“Need-driven” decision-making ensures that district resources reach the appropriate students at the appropriate levels to accelerate the performance of ALL students to achieve and/or exceed proficiency. Advanced learning students also have options for acceleration, enrichment, or both. For example, Honors and AP courses are provided at individual schools. Through evidence-based education, teachers instruct efficiently, students learn dynamically, and resources achieve their full potential.
Digital Learning Models
Skyline’s digital blended learning models support students to learn at school and at home. Best practices are shared across Skyline’s network of schools, schools outside our network, the Arizona State Charter Association, National Central Association Commission on Accreditation, and the US Department of Education.
College and Career Readiness Standards
The Skyline network of schools has adopted College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) that are aligned with both Arizona state and national standards and support our mission of providing high-quality education programs and services designed to stimulate life-long learning.
Skyline’s academic curriculum and school culture promote:
- A results-focused education with a clear end in mind that begins in Kindergarten and builds to mastery of the knowledge and skills that colleges and employers value
- Clear and consistent goals with an emphasis on real-world application of knowledge and skills
- Relevant content that increases the ability to effectively use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to communicate, collaborate, and adapt to new situations in either college or in the workplace
- A sound, rigorous, evidence-based preparation for success in college and/or career
Skyline utilizes a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to promote our culture of College and Career Readiness. Our evidence-based educational models are designed to support students’ academic and personal needs with varying levels of intervention to empower each student to achieve high standards.