Applied Academic Curriculum
Applied Academics is an approach to learning which focuses on motivating and challenging students to connect what they learn with the world they experience and with what interests them. The basic premise is that if academic content is made more relevant, participatory and concrete, students learn better, retain more and apply learning in their lives. Teaching in this model uses hands-on innovative teaching methods sometimes called contextual learning. Teachers help students understand the reasons for studying their subject matter and capitalize on students' natural learning inclinations and problem-solving approaches they can use well beyond the classroom throughout their lives. Academic areas are aligned with Common Core State Standards. The classes will teach to a broad spectrum of ability levels, and addressed standards. The method of instruction varies across settings (delivery model).
Applied and integrated curricular strategies are viewed as a means of ensuring that more students leave high school with the essential academic and occupational competencies that will help enable them to compete in an education and job market that demands increasingly higher levels of communication, math, science, analytical, and problem-solving skills. In short, the applied and integrated curriculum is intended to help more students master the skills they will need to live, learn, and work productively in an information-based society. The Transition Plan portion of the Individual Education Plan drives the goals necessary while in a high school setting for post school success.