The Academy of Seminole

ARE is forming The Academy of Seminole to provide a high quality PUBLIC education option for students and families in Seminole, Oklahoma. The Academy will serve grades PK-12 and will open in August 2017.  The Academy is contracting with ResponsiveEd to provide the academic model and support structure for the school. ResponsiveEd is a regional organization that supports high quality public charter schools in Texas and Arkansas and is excited for the opportunity to expand its reach into Oklahoma. The Academy of Seminole will be a campus designed around an intentional high school focused on preparation and readiness for college, industry engagement and participation in life pursuits immediately upon the conferring of the diploma. The Academy will accomplish this through a paradigm of “precision mastery”.

Balances and Blends of The Academy

  • A balance between curricular (self-directed) learning environments and STEM (teacher-directed) environments.
  • A blend between direct, indirect and non-direct instruction.
  • A balance between readiness for higher education and industry engagement upon graduation.
  • A blend of structure and empowered freedom for each learner in the classroom and on the campus.

Methodology of the Academy

Precision Mastery

The school will employ high level instructors for the subjects of Science and Math, replicating the best elements of STEM education. These educators will be responsible for providing the highest standard of teaching in these subjects.

The mark of the strategy is “Intellectual focused on Rigor”. Students will be engaged with curriculum designed for 21st century learning paradigms. Teachers will be engaged with students to provide opportunities for learning these subjects in a manner that increases capacity while creating elements for exploration and investigation of post-diploma options.

Classroom Mastery

Content learning for subjects (not including Science and Math) will be achieved in a student empowered environment, self-directed to afford students the opportunity to accelerate learning and progress.

The mark of the strategy is “Individualized focused on Responsibility”. Students will be engaged with curriculum designed for 21st century learning paradigms. Teachers will be engaged with students to personalize the learning plans, monitor progress, and provide guidance and feedback as well as supervising the achievement of mastery learning.

Skill Mastery

Students will be engaged from 40-50% of each day engaged with local industry environments. Learners will be involved in pursuits designed to prepare for a career path or college route immediately after receiving the diploma.

The mark of the strategy is “Internships focused on Relevance”. Students will be engaged with local industry environments and leaders. Development in real world work environments, leadership training and skill capacity will be accompanied by apprenticeships and internships that can lead to certifications and licensing for authentic engagement with careers or college post-diploma.

THE ACADEMY OF SEMINOLE - FAQ

We have been approved to start a chartered PK-12 public school in Seminole, OK. Below are the most common questions we are receiving at this moment.

Q: What are the next steps?

We will be able to publish a timeline in the near future. First order of business is finalizing the contract with the State Board of Education and finding a leader for the school. We expect to have that done in the next 4-6 weeks.

Q: What's the difference between a charter school and a public school?

Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charters. They must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability.

Q: How will students be enrolled?

All interested families and students are encouraged to enroll. If enrollment is higher than the school’s capacity, a lottery will be used to select attendees with priority given to students residing in Seminole Public School District.

Q: Is the Academy free or does it require tuition?

IT'S FREE! The Academy of Seminole is like any other Oklahoma public school and is free. The Academy of Seminole IS IN FACT a public school.

Q: When does the Academy open?

The Academy of Seminole is scheduled to open in August 2017.

Q: When will enrollment start?

To be determined. Likely in May-July. We will give plenty of notice and will have several informational meetings beforehand.

Q: What grades will the school serve?

The Academy of Seminole will serve PK-12. The plan is to open 11th and 12th grades in August 2017 and add additional grades in 2018, 2019 and 2020 until all grades are established.

Q: Who can attend the Academy?

The Academy of Seminole will be open to all Oklahoma students.

Q: What type of school is it?

First, it's important to note that it's in fact a public school. What makes this school different for Oklahoma is the focus we will have on certain academics.

 

The PK-8 grades will focus on classical studies. We are modeling The Academy on several successful schools in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The early grades will focus on the studies of ancient, middle and recent civilizations, language acquisition, and creative cognitive knowledge base. The 9-12 high school grades will be a rigorous science and math academy with the goal of having a high percentage of students graduate to pursue college and career tech degrees.

Q: Will there be sports?

Yes. Our plan is to have the parents and volunteers of the school decide which ones.

Q: How will the academy be funded? Who pays for it?

The Academy of Seminole will be mostly funded like a traditional public school and receive monies from the state of Oklahoma. However, charter schools receive roughly 15 percent less than a traditional public school. This is where ARE comes in. We have started to raise money to make up for this gap in funding and to pay for additional programs.

Please feel free to keep asking for more information and we will respond asap. info@advanceruraleducation.com

PO Box 2308, Seminole, OK 74818