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Instructional Vision and Core

At ARISE, we will create engaging learning environments that are differentiated to be rigorous for all learners and anchored in social and restorative justice.

 

The MISSION of ARISE High School is to empower ourselves with the skills, knowledge, and agency to become highly educated, humanizing, critically conscious, intellectual, and reflective


At ARISE we nurture, train, and discipline our school community to engage in a continuous practice of developing mind, heart, and body towards a VISION where we actively rise up. Agency and self-determination drive our struggle to improve our own material and social conditions towards a more healthy, equitable, and just society.

 

STEM MISSION AND VISION at ARISE

All ARISE graduates have built the knowledge, skills, and agency to be successful in college and career.  ARISE S.T.E.M. and Pathway courses provide grade level, rigorous instruction and academic supports to all ARISE students to both remediate gaps in S.T.E.M. skills and knowledge, and emphasize critical thinking and problem solving.  All S.T.E.M. and Pathway courses at ARISE instill a fundamental interest in S.T.E.M. for each ARISE student by: grounding each course in cultural relevance, aligning each course to our Public and Community Health Pathway,  and providing scaffolds and differentiation for each lesson.  Through this work, each ARISE student will see themselves in their S.T.E.M. classes as: scientists, health professionals, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, or researchers and empower themselves to transform their communities as agents of change.

Knowledge

Skills

Agency

Students will be engaged in culturally relevant, rigorous grade-level content in every lesson.  Each course is either A-G approved or a college class. 


All units and lessons will be guided by essential questions and backwards planned from grade level benchmarks and/or RSAs.  


All math, science and pathway courses will follow the vertical alignment map to build towards greater rigor and complexity from course to course

All students will engage in remediating or refining pre-algebra numeracy math skills.


All students in each math course will engage in the Common Core Mathematical Thinking Practices, pushing a student’s critical thinking and reasoning skills. 


All students in each science course will engage with the NGSS science and engineering practices.


All Public and Community Health Pathway classes will teach the Health Science and Medical Technology Pathway Standards (communication, technology, and problem solving and critical thinking).


Students will engage in structured academic discourse multiple times every class period in order to deepen their understanding of S.T.E.M. content.

All students will embody the core values of Respect, Persevere, Build and Lead in order to act as agents of change in their communities.


Students will engage in productive struggle as they take on the majority of the cognitive load in their classes, cultivating and maintaining a growth mindset.

 
Math Placement (EDC § 51224.7)
Incoming 9th graders are assessed twice through the NWEA (MAP) math assessment to determine their math placement, once during the summer and again during the first month to ensure students are in the correct math classes.  Students who feel that they are not in the right class can retake their assessment, or can make an appointment for a full transcript audit.  Students are continually assessed throughout the year via the NWEA to assess their growth in the course and to provide feedback for the teacher to better adjust the course.  Benchmark assessments are given at the end of each quarter to assess student's growth in each math class and to provide feedback for teachers to reteach material.  

 

 

Humanities MISSION AND VISION at ARISE
All ARISE graduates have built the knowledge, skills, and agency to be successful in college and career. ARISE Humanities courses  provide grade level, rigorous, culturally relevant instruction that emphasizes the 5 Cs of the Graduate Profile (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, community transformation, and critical consciousness) while empowering students to grow into agents of change in their communities. Knowledge, skills, and agency build over time from 9th through 12th grades to prepare students for college-level coursework and professional careers. Academic supports and differentiation create opportunities for all students to successfully access Humanities courses and help remediate gaps in literacy skills and knowledge.

Knowledge

Skills

Agency

Students are engaged in culturally relevant, rigorous grade level texts through every unit.


All units and lessons are guided by essential questions connecting to the overarching theme of the year.


Students understand literacy as the ability to read and write the word and the world. 


Students connect knowledge of self to their learning and analyze their social identities, intersectionality, and how systems of power influence how society views them.



All courses follow a vertical alignment map to build towards greater rigor and complexity from course to course.


The majority of time in the majority of lessons is spent reading, writing, and/or speaking about complex texts and tasks.


Students engage in structured academic discourse multiple times every class period in order to hone their literacy skills and deepen their understanding of content.


Project-based learning serves as a vehicle for students learning and practicing the 5 Cs.

Students engage in productive struggle as they take on the majority of the cognitive load for most of every class period.


Students embody the core values of Respect, Persevere, Build and Lead in order to act as agents of change.


Throughout their courses as well as through the various Pathway elements, students are  involved in projects and experiences that include civil engagement and community transformation.

 
 
Our Instructional CORE