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12.11.2014 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on Taylion Academy Celebrates Grand Opening in San Bernardino

Taylion Academy Celebrates Grand Opening in San Bernardino

Community leaders and Taylion leaders cut the Ribbon at the new Taylion Academy in San Bernardino.

Community leaders and Taylion leaders cut the Ribbon at the new Taylion Academy in San Bernardino.

 

(San Bernardino)—Taylion Academy, a free public charter school serving grades K-12, held their grand opening this past Friday for their San Bernardino location.

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The community came out to celebrate the opening of the new charter school, as parents, students, teachers, business owners and representatives of elected officials were all on hand for the official ribbon cutting of the new San Bernardino site.

 

The site is located at 1184 W. 2nd Street, Suite 100 in San Bernardino.

 

Left to right - Shannon Smith, vice president of Taylion Academy, Tay Lion the mascot, from Jon Gaede, field representative of Assemblymember Cheryl Brown and Tim Smith president of Taylion Acadamy.

Left to right – Shannon Smith, vice president of Taylion Academy, Tay Lion the mascot, from Jon Gaede, field representative of Assemblymember Cheryl Brown and Tim Smith president of Taylion Acadamy.

Speakers from Best MIG welder included Judi Penman, President & CEO of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and Field Representative for County Supervisor Josie Gonzalez, Erika Moses. Taylion’s President Timothy Smith spoke as well, as he spoke about the growth of the school, and how exciting the expansion to San Bernardino is. Members of the new Taylion ASB were also on hand, as they assisted with serving lunch.

 

Judi Penman, executive director of the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce support charter schools as an alliterative for student learning.

Judi Penman, executive director of the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce support charter schools as an alliterative for student learning.

Taylion Academy is a free public charter school, serving Kindergarten through 12th grade. The WASC accredited school offers programs in home school, virtual school, and independent study, with locations in Victorville, Adelanto and San Bernardino. For more MIG welder reviews and information on Taylion Academy, call (760) 843-6622 or visit them online at www.taylionhighdesert.com

12.01.2014 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on Taylion Academy’s Teachers are as Unique as Their Students

Taylion Academy’s Teachers are as Unique as Their Students

“I like the feeling you get when the light bulb goes on for these kids, and you see what they can do with it,” said  teacher Terry Trebilcock a the newest Taylion Academy, located in the heart of San Bernardino.

“I like the feeling you get when the light bulb goes on for these kids, and you see what they can do with it,” said teacher Terry Trebilcock a the newest Taylion Academy, located in the heart of San Bernardino.

 

(San Bernardino, CA)—The newest Taylion Academy, located in the heart of San Bernardino, sees every student as a unique and talented individual.

 

“Taylion also believes that it takes a talented, unique teacher to connect with today’s students on an educational level. Terry Trebilcock is a shining example of a teacher that connects with his students,” said Tim Smith president of Taylion Academy.

 

Trebilcock, known as Mr. T to his students, is one of the teachers on the San Bernardino campus. If experience is the greatest teacher, then Trebilcock is in the right profession, as he has been teaching for more than 39 years.

 

“I have actually been teaching since about 1975, I taught engineering classes at Henry Ford Community College in Michigan,” said Trebilcock. “I also taught business classes at Chaffey College for about three years.”

 

Trebilcock holds credentials in Physics and Math Fundamentals. For Trebilcock, the reason for teaching has been, and always will be, the students.

 

“I like the feeling you get when the light bulb goes on for these kids, and you see what they can do with it,” said Trebilcock. “For example, two kids I taught last year in engineering classes, they liked engineering so much they applied at Chaffey to get for their engineering program.  To me, that’s the biggest payoff.”

 

Trebilcock is not only a dedicated, highly qualified teacher, but is a man of many talents, including Pool. “In 2013 I ranked in the top 100 in U.S. Amateur Pool.” He plans to compete in an upcoming tournament in February.

 

Kids are a major aspect of Trebilcock’s life, and it shows when one looks at the success of his son, Terry Trebilcock, Jr. If that name sounds familiar, it is because he is the owner of King of the Cage, a Mixed Martial Arts promotion based in Southern California.

 

King of the Cage is wildly popular in the Inland Empire. That makes for some pretty interesting conversations with Trebilcock’s students.

Taylion’s Grand Opening Celebration is set for Friday, December 5th at noon at 1184 W. 2nd Street, Suite 101, San Bernardino, CA 92410.  Please RSVP by calling (909) 889-5152

For more information on Taylion Academy, call (909) 889-5152.

 

About Taylion Academy

At Taylion Academy we are committed to providing students with the most flexible options of Independent Study, Online Learning and Homeschooling, so that our students can benefit from personalized learning plans that are designed to allow them to thrive and succeed at their own pace. We understand each student learns differently and education should be just as individualized as the needs, strengths and weaknesses of our students. Therefore, we have made it our sole mission to inspire our students and parents, provide advanced tools and systems for learning, and offer more choices to give you the best chance to fulfill each student’s dreams!

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11.17.2014 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on Taylion Academy Comes to San Bernardino

Taylion Academy Comes to San Bernardino

Tim Smith Taylion Academy president, stands with students from the school.

Tim Smith Taylion Academy president, stands with students from the school.

(San Bernardino, CA)—Taylion Academy, a free Kindergarten though 12th grade public charter school, now has a campus in San Bernardino, just in time for the 2014-2015 school year. Since starting in October, the San Bernardino campus has enrolled more than 150 students.

“Located at 1184 W 2nd Street, Suite 101, Taylion Academy is excited to expand into the City of San Bernardino, ‘ said principal Tim Smith.

With charter schools in California and Arizona, Taylion has helped hundreds of students in reaching their potential while becoming productive members of society.

“Taylion understands that everyone learns differently, as it offers a variety of programs, as well as tutor assistance, socialization opportunities such as clubs and activities like the Associated Student Body (A.S.B.), and more to help students succeed,” said Smith.

Chenelle White, 17, currently a senior at Taylion Academy, has benefitted from the freedom of the independent study program, “I like that it’s one-on-one and I can come and ask questions. I can get more credits at a time instead of waiting a semester for a couple of credits.”

White has plans to enlist in the Army after completing her High School Diploma, and then to attend the Police Academy.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) have accredited Taylion Academy. WASC is the agency that provides accreditation to the: Redlands, Riverside, Rialto, Fontana and San Bernardino Unified School Districts.

WASC is one of the six accrediting bodies in the United States which accredits public and private schools: from elementary, junior high, high school, to colleges and post secondary educational institutions.

Taylion Academy serves all students, kindergarten through 12th grade, in the San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Orange County. Taylion offers individualized education plans, which can include on-campus classes and online classes.

The school’s curriculum is based on California education standards, and employ California certified teachers.

“Taylion Academy’s mission is to deliver a high quality education focused on building skills, character and confidence,” Smith said. “The curriculum is be personalized for each student, offering a mix of onsite classes in day and evening hours, online classes and independent study. Onsite courses will include hands-on learning activities and high technology.”

Taylion Academy is affiliated with the Phoenix-area’s Taylion Academy, which serve kindergarten through eighth grade, and E-Institute Charter Schools, which serves grades 9-12 on three campuses.

Taylion Academy has charter school campuses in San Marcos, Vista, Victorville, Adelanto and Arizona. “Taylion offers a assortment of students education programs that allow students’ learn at their own pace, including home school, virtual school and independent study,” said Smith.

For more information on Taylion Academy please call at 1-855-77-LEARN.

 

About Taylion Academy

At Taylion Academy we are committed to providing students with the most flexible options of Independent Study, Online Learning and Homeschooling, so that our students can benefit from personalized learning plans that are designed to allow them to thrive and succeed at their own pace. We understand each student learns differently and education should be just as individualized as the needs, strengths and weaknesses of our students. Therefore, we have made it our sole mission to inspire our students and parents, provide advanced kids motorcycle helmets and tools, systems for learning, and offer more choices to give you the best chance to fulfill each student’s dreams.

 

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04.30.2012 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on Taylion Directors Bring Passion for Alternative Education

Taylion Directors Bring Passion for Alternative Education

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Danielle Moore, Taylion Virtual Academy’s Director of Instruction has 10 years experience working in alternative education and graduated from a home school program. Likewise, Stephanie LaFerriere, Taylion Virtual Academy’s Director of Curriculum, has 10 years experience working in alternative education and graduated from a home school program.

In fact, the two graduated from the same home school in Victorville. They are twin sisters and were taught at home by their parents.

Since graduating high school from their home school program, their paths have followed closely. After college, both returned to Victorville, got married and had two children each, whom they plan to enroll in Taylion’s home school program. Both obtained teaching credentials, and have worked as teachers at traditional schools and other charter schools in San Bernardino County. Both prefer charter schools over traditional schools.

“At Taylion Virtual Academy we serve students who might not fit into a traditional school environment, just as we did not when we were students,” Moore said.  “We like non-traditional schools, because the focus is on what students need and want. Alternative educational programs provide students with more individual focus, which most students desperately need”

Both Stephanie and Danielle obtained Masters’ degrees in Education. Stephanie graduated from National University and Danielle graduated from Chapman University. In addition, the two will obtain Masters’ degrees in Psychology from Chapman University in May, 2011.

“Our training in both education and psychology helps greatly at a non-traditional school,” LaFerriere said. “Psychology helps us understand where our students are coming from. Our experience in education allows us to develop strategies that meet state standards, but also meet the needs of each individual student. We want to look at students as a whole person and not just their score on a test.”

Since 2010, when Taylion Virtual Academy opened in San Bernardino, Moore and La Ferriere have worked side by side, overseeing how the school’s 15 teachers present curriculum and instruction to approximately 365 students.  Taylion Virtual Academy has three programs by which it presents curriculum and instruction; Independent Study, Home Schooling and Online.

Independent Study is an option for San Bernardino-area students in grades 7-12. Students meet with teachers twice a week at Taylion Virtual Academy’s Learning Center, located at 1184 W. Second St., San Bernardino where students receive help with homework and direction in attaining their educational goals. Students then continue their lessons by working on assignments at home.

The Home Schooling program serves families with children in Kindergarten through 12th grade in the San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Inyo counties. In this program, while Moore, La Ferriere and the other credentialed teachers at Taylion develop lessons for students, it is the parents of these students who actually provide direct instruction to their children.

Students also can receive lessons online from Taylion Virtual Academy. Students using this option can receive instruction at home or at the learning center while meeting with credentialed teachers on a regular basis for support.

Regardless of the program in which students are enrolled, Taylion Virtual Academy teachers assess and monitor their academic progress to ensure the students grasp the important concepts taught in their grade level, and they will have the ability to obtain a job, or attend a college or university after completing high school.

Students can complete high school requirements by graduating from Taylion Virtual Academy. Students can also earn credits at an accelerated rate, which will enable them to graduate early or on time.

Although they have separate titles, Moore and La Ferriere’s duties are so similar they usually work together on all aspects of their administration. Responsibilities include developing lesson plans to ensure the students’ education meets California and Taylion Virtual Academy’s standards, training instructors and supporting staff in effective teaching strategies, and creating instruction packets for all students.

“We want to create the most comprehensive program for all of our students and since we were home schooled, and have worked in alternative education for so long, we are excited to be able to collaborate together” stated La Ferriere.

Taylion Virtual Academy, a free public charter school, offers an option for families who wish to be directly involved in their children’s education, families who wish to have more control of their student’s education and for teens who seek an accelerated schedule to obtain their high school diploma.

For more information, or a free campus tour, call Taylion Virtual Academy at (909) 889-5152 or go to www.TAYLION.com.

10.08.2010 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on Taylion Virtual Academy Open to Serve

Taylion Virtual Academy Open to Serve

San Bernardino Council Member Rikke Van Johnson, second from left, welcomes Taylion Virtual Academy Principal Anthony Davis, left, and founders Shannon Smith and Tim Smith to San Bernardino. Taylion is open to serve in San Bernardino with home school and independent study programs modeled after highly successful schools in Phoenix. Photo by Chris Sloan

A large crowd helped San Bernardino City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson and Taylion Virtual Academy Principal Anthony Davis cut the ribbon to Taylion Virtual Academy, which is now serving San Bernardino and other parts of southern California with home school and independent study programs as a charter school of the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Photo by Chris Sloan

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Taylion Virtual Academy held its grand opening recently, to promote awareness of this new education option for southern California families.

Taylion Virtual Academy was previously known as Carden Virtual Academy.

“In our planning, we decided it was important to focus on our core values,” said Shannon Smith, co-founder of the school with her husband Tim. “”These are Trust, Acceptance, Youth, Leadership, Optimism, Integrity and Nurturing.”

“I would like to welcome Taylion Virtual Academy to the City of San Bernardino, and to California,” said San Bernardino City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson at the Friday, Sept. 24 grand opening. “This is its founders’ first school in California.”

Founders Tim and Shannon Smith have other successful charter schools in the Phoenix, Ariz. Area. The Arizona schools have an 85 to 100 percent graduation rate, and score in the 80th percentile and above on standardized tests for their state.

Taylion Virtual Academy, a charter school approved as Carden Virtual Academy by the San Bernardino City Unified School District, provides most of its education through online and home schooling programs. Its core operations, and an independent study program where students meet face to face with teachers twice weekly, operate at 1184 W. Second Street, San Bernardino.

This address is a suite of offices in a new commercial building near the historic San Bernardino Depot. A few retail businesses occupy other suites in the building, and city leaders hope Taylion Virtual Academy’s presence will bring even more business to the area in west San Bernardino.

“I am glad to see a school in this business center because choices in education are the key to having an educated work force in our city,” Johnson said. “An educated work force is the key to developing new business in this city, which will allow us to better serve the residents of San Bernardino.”

Judi Penman, representing both the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce as its executive director, and the San Bernardino City Unified School District as one of the governing board members who voted in favor of Carden Virtual Academy’s charter petition, also welcomed the new school to San Bernardino.

“We are always looking for alternatives to support the education of children in San Bernardino,” she said. “I am especially pleased to see a school in a highly visible business center, as we can hope it will bring even more business to this center.”

Taylion Virtual Academy will provide education options for all families with children in kindergarten through high school, residing in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern or Inyo counties. These options include home schooling and independent study.

Taylion Virtual Academy offers independent study for grades 9-12 and home schooling assistance for grades kindergarten through 12th grade. It is an option for families who wish to be directly involved in their children’s education, for teens who seek an accelerated schedule to begin college early, and for teens needing to catch up on credits to graduate with their classmates.

For more information, or a campus tour, call Taylion Virtual Academy at (909) 256-0449, or 1-800 438-2273 or go to taylion.com

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08.13.2010 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on New Help For Homeschoolers

New Help For Homeschoolers

Street in San Bernardino. At the learning center, home-schooled students will have an opportunity to take enrichment classes, but most of their education will be handled by parents with help from credentialed teachers who will travel to students’ homes. Photo by Chris Sloan

Ramona Bywater, Carden Virtual Academy home school coordinator, invites families to begin a new school year with Carden Virtual Academy on Sept. 7. Photo by Chris Sloan

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Parents from throughout Southern California are discovering a new opportunity to combine home schooling with the resources of public education through Carden Virtual Academy, a charter school opening Sept. 7 in San Bernardino.

“Carden Virtual Academy offers individualized education for every student, “ said Ramona Bywater, home schooling coordinator. “We focus on strengths and interests.”

Bywater is herself a home schooling mom, who started four years ago. Bywater also has experience as a teacher, having taught English as Second Language for the Corona-Norco Unified School District’s adult education program, and with online education as a writing consultant with Ashford University.

She recalls planning 14 field trips for her children a few years ago, and searching diligently for clubs they could join.

Now, as the home school coordinator for Carden Virtual Academy, her job will include planning field trips and organizing other educational programs for Carden homeschoolers.

“We are providing enrichment opportunities, and opportunities for these children to socialize with their peers,” she said.

Bywater is also developing “Learning Center” classes, in which the students come to Carden and learn in a group setting topics that will supplement their home school curriculum.

Carden Virtual Academy offers a core curriculum for all students, overseen by California credentialed teachers. Teachers and parents, working together, add to that curriculum individualized instruction to best meet their students’ needs.

“Our highly qualified, certified teachers work with parents as educational partners to design a personalized learning plan,” said Tim Smith, president of Learning Matters Educational Group, the parent company of Carden Virtual Academy. “We strive to help students develop the character, confidence and skills needed for success in the 21st Century.”

Carden Virtual Academy’s curriculum begins with the state and national educational standards. These put in writing what students are expected to know in any given grade or subject.

Add to that a strong character education program encouraging citizenship, character, responsibility and school and community pride.

Bywater’s job also includes recruiting families to join with Carden Virtual Academy in the education of their children. Once a family joins Carden Virtual Academy, she works with the parents to fine-tune each child’s educational program so that it is interesting and relevant for them.

Bywater will also oversee Carden Virtual Academy’s staff of credentialed teachers, who during the school year will meet every 20 days with families enrolled in the home schooling program. In most cases, Carden Virtual Academy will send the teachers to their students’ homes, where they will monitor student progress and administer testing.

Charter schools in California accept students from their own county and any adjacent county. This means Carden Virtual Academy accepts students from San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, Kern and Inyo counties.

Even though these counties cover an area of more than 50,000 square miles (more territory than that of 19 entire states) educating students from anywhere within them is possible through online education.

Students are already enrolling from as far away as the Victor Valley, the Menifee/Hemet areas in south Riverside County and the Laverne/Claremont areas of Los Angeles County, Bywater noted.

“One student who lives near Hemet has a one-and-a-half hour bus ride to attend her nearest public school, and by enrolling in Carden Virtual Academy, she will avoid that,” Bywater said. “There are many reasons why parents home school. Some have medical problems. Others are performing below grade level and their parents see this as a way to help them. Whatever the reason, Carden Virtual Academy offers options for them.”

Carden Virtual Academy opens Sept 24, 2010, and will offer both in-class and online instruction for grades K-12. It is an option for families who wish to be directly involved in their children’s education, for teens who seek an accelerated schedule to begin college early, and for teens needing to catch up on credits to graduate with their classmates.

For more information, call Ramona Bywater at (909) 256-0449 or 1-800-GET-CARDEN, or email her at rbywater@cardenvirtualacademy.com To register online or learn more, go to www.CardenVirtualAcademy.com

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08.03.2010 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on New Charter School Hires New Principal

New Charter School Hires New Principal

Anthony Davis, new principal of Carden Virtual Academy, brings more than eight years experience providing online education to at-risk students. Carden Virtual Academy will offer online education and on-campus education when it begins Sept. 6. Photo by Chris Sloan

Anthony Davis at CVA: Carden Virtual Academy is ready to begin operations at its new location, 1184 W. Second Street, with its new principal, Anthony Davis. Photo by Carl Dameron

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Carden Virtual Academy is ready to begin instruction Sept. 6 at its new location, 1184 W. Second St., San Bernardino, under the helm of Anthony Davis, its newly hired principal.

Davis is no stranger to online education, which is the teaching method in which Carden Virtual Academy will specialize. Nor is he a stranger to the education of at-risk students, which is a type of student who will fit in well at Carden Virtual Academy.

“In online or virtual classrooms, students have more flexibility” Davis said. “Some students cannot tolerate sitting in a classroom for six hours a day. With virtual education, they can approach school in a different manner. They can spend three or four hours studying online, go do something else, and then come back and study for three or four more hours.”

“Or if they’re not feeling well or have a personal problem, in virtual classrooms, it is not essential they be there,” he said. They can take time off without falling behind.”

Prior to becoming principal of Carden Virtual Academy Davis spent eight years working with at-risk students in other educational settings that used online instruction as a strategy to help their students succeed.

This began at San Bernardino’s PAL Center, which operated a charter school of its own, for which Davis was the online educational coordinator.

From there, he went to Corona-Norco Unified School District. At Corona’s Orange Grove High School, a continuation school campus, he coordinated another online instructional program for students who needed to catch up on credits in order to graduate with their class.

His most recent job before coming to Carden Virtual Academy was as the Math Department chairman for The Academy, an alternative education program offered by the Perris Union High School District. Although Davis oversaw the entire math department at The Academy, that also included online instruction for many students.

At Carden Virtual School, Davis will work with students who seek alternative education for a variety of reasons. While Carden Virtual Academy serves at-risk students, it’s also geared to students who want to use online education for getting ahead of their class, so they can have an early jump on job seeking and/or college admissions.

As the principal of Carden Virtual Academy, Davis also will put his teaching skills into practice to help students who come on campus to study. All Carden students have the option to be taught in a regular classroom. They also will take tests and participate in school activities, such as tutoring, assemblies and elective courses on campus.

Davis was born in the Caribbean and came to the United States 43 years ago as a teen. He brought with him a more strict upbringing than most Americans are familiar with.

“People ask me “Mr. Davis are you sure you were not in the military?” he said. “No, but I was raised in a very structured environment, and I was fortunate to learn that way.”

“At-risk students need some of that structure,” Davis said. “They need nurturing, but they also need discipline. You have to be able to balance the two.”

Carden Virtual Academy opens Sept. 24, 2010, and will offer both in-class and online instruction for grades K-12. It is an option for families who wish to be directly involved in their children’s education, for teens who seek an accelerated schedule to begin college early, and for teens needing to catch up on credits to graduate with their classmates.

For more information, call Anthony Davis at (909) 256-0449 or email him at adavis@cardenvirtualacademy.com To register online or learn more, go to www.CardenVirtualAcademy.com

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04.12.2010 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on Carden Virtual Academy Approved

Carden Virtual Academy Approved


The San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board approved Carden Virtual Academy’s charter petition on Tuesday, April 6. The new school is set to open in August. At the dais, Trustee Barbara Flores, Board President Danny Tillman, Superintendent Arturo Delgado, Trustee Judi Penman, Trustee Louis  Ayala, Trustee Linda Savage. Photo by Chris Sloan


Carden Virtual Academy Executive Director Tim Smith addresses the San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board moments before it approved the new charter school. Photo by Chris Sloan


(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) A newly approved charter school, Carden Virtual Academy, gives San Bernardino families a new option for their children’s education.

The San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board approved the charter for Carden Virtual Academy on Tuesday, April 6, on a 4-2 vote, with trustees Danny Tillman, Judi Penman, Linda Savage and Louise Ayala in favor.

“The mission of Carden Virtual Academy is to deliver a high quality, high tech, high touch, standards-based, personalized learning environment,” says Tim Smith, executive director of Carden Virtual Academy. “Now that we are approved, we will move forward with that mission.”

Carden Virtual Academy will be set to open in August.

Carden Virtual Academy will provide education options for all families with children in grades K-12 residing in the San Bernardino area. These options include in-class instruction, online instruction and independent study.

“Our highly qualified, certified teachers will work with parents as educational partners to design a personalized learning plan,” Smith said. We strive to help students develop the character, confidence and skills needed for success in the 21st Century.”

Carden Virtual Academy’s curriculum begins with the state and national educational standards. These put in writing what students are expected to know in any given grade or subject. These standards will be taught by local California certified teachers, most of whom will have already had teaching experience in traditional schools.

Add to that a strong character education program encouraging citizenship, character, responsibility and school and community pride. Carden Virtual Academy also stresses the importance of integrity, gratitude, teamwork, compassion, leadership, parental involvement, patriotism, respect, classical literature, arts and music appreciation, citizenship, self-directed learning, technology literacy, problem solving skills, and time management.

Carden Virtual Academy will develop individualized learning plans, keeping in mind each student’s educational goal. For some students, that will be catching up academically to graduate from high school on time. For others, it might mean getting a head start on college.

“We serve students that may not have had success in a larger comprehensive high school setting,” Smith said. “Students work at their own pace on an individualized learning plan.  If they are behind in credits, we can help them catch up.”

“We are also a good fit for college preparatory students who seek opportunities to learn as much as possible.” Smith said. “They can graduate from high school early if they wish. We can also help them take college courses while they are still in high school,

Elementary and Middle School Educational Philosophy

Carden Virtual Academy provides a comprehensive (all in one classroom) curriculum for grades K-8. Subjects taught in the comprehensive curriculum include language arts, math, science and social studies, physical education and art.

Students may also choose from elective courses as well, at both the elementary and middle school levels.

The philosophy of Carden Virtual Academy’s elementary and middle school teaching was based on the work of Mae Carden, a 20th Century educator and author who developed a system of instruction for developing the whole child.  She believed that character played a large part in the role of learning in a school environment.  She believed that “life is a joy and so should be learning.”

Ms. Carden wrote two books, Let’s Bring Them Up Sensibly, which offered advice to parents about working with and educating young people and Quality Teaching, Successful Learning, which offered instructional support and mentoring to teachers and school administrators.

Many people believed in Ms. Carden’s teachings and asked her to establish her own school.  Many other educators followed suit in the 1960s and many Carden private schools were established. She has since passed away and the Carden Educational Foundation was established to continue her legacy and continue to instruct schools in using her philosophy.

Carden Virtual Academy has partnered with several other programs that deliver research-based, standards aligned curriculum content.  Among these are Carden Traditional Schools, a system of K-8 schools in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Carden Virtual Academy will ultimately work with its sister schools in Arizona to develop curriculum for all of the schools, but will start out with programs Carden Traditional Schools have already found successful.

“In the teaching of reading, Carden Traditional School teachers and administrators have had much success in working with a McGraw Hill program called Open Court Reading,” Smith said.  “Open Court Reading uses a strong phonics-based approach to reading and writing instruction.

McGraw Hill has most recently launched the 2008 update of Open Court Reading with Imagine It, which has several online tools and resources that supplement the traditional textbook offerings. “

Open Court Reading has many supplemental components that make instruction more effective including:

· Leveled readers

· Games and other fun learning tools

· Cross curricular activities in science, social studies, math and art

· Resources for English Language Learners

Carden Virtual Academy’s K-8 program will utilize Real Math from McGraw Hill to challenge students in math.  Additionally, units and lessons will be designed around the California state standards.  Real world applications connected to state performance objectives will be emphasized.

Virtual Education

Carden Virtual Academy plans class sizes of no more than 25 students per teacher in all grades. Its staff believes this is the best way to help students graduate with a high school diploma and a grade point average that would not limit their choice of college.

But attending class with 24 other students is not the only option for Carden Virtual Academy students. They can also attend class online, in what is known as a “virtual course.”

For virtual education to work, teamwork between teachers and parents is crucial.

The teacher’s job is to manage each student’s individualized learning plan by developing lessons and assessments.

Teachers also work with the parents and other caring adults in the students’ lives, who serve as “learning coaches,” providing them strategies for teaching the lessons at home. The learning coach’s job is to manage the day-to-day instruction of the student.

“Virtual education offers many benefits to families of children in the K-12 grades including increased parental involvement, flexible options for schooling that can happen anytime, anywhere, and preparation of our youth to develop 21st century skills,” Smith said.

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, it is not enough for students to acquire subject-level mastery alone,” Smith continued. “Skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication and analytical thinking are necessary for all levels of success, from entry-level jobs to engineering and technical fields.  However the United States K-12 education system as a whole does not yet teach and measure these skills directly.”

Smith offers these sobering statistics:

  • Eighty-four percent of employers say K-12 schools are not doing a good job of preparing students for the workplace; 55 percent say schools are deficient in preparing students with basic employability skills (such as attendance, timeliness and work ethic); 51 percent cite math and science deficiencies; and 38 percent cite reading and comprehension deficiencies.
  • A very small percentage of U.S. 4th and 8th grade students (less than 30 percent) perform at a proficient level in math, while up to 20 percent lack the competence to perform even basic mathematical computations. (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, November 2006)

Virtual schools and online learning are growing rapidly—an estimated 30 percent annually in K-12 education.  Recent research highlights that virtual schools expand access to rigorous academic courses and curriculum; and, training teachers to teach online can improve instruction.  When virtual schools intentionally focus on mastery of 21st century skills, these schools take full advantage of their strengths.

“In an online class, the student must learn a host of technical skills such as posting to discussions, attaching documents, and accessing online white boards,” Smith said. “This teaches self sufficiency and basic computer skills regardless of what class they are taking.”

Methods of Assessment

Learning coaches evaluate their students’ work on a daily basis at Carden Virtual Academy.  Certified teachers regularly evaluate tests, quizzes, portfolio samples, and are also responsible for determining grades and making promotional decisions.

Quizzes are assigned after every few lessons within a given course, and are usually short checks to make sure that students are on track with their understanding of the material.  Unit tests are larger assessments that may also require some teacher review when answers include short or long answers, or even essays.

Other forms of testing, known as benchmark assessments, take place on a quarterly basis to measure overall student progress and mastery of subject matter.  The benchmark assessments act as an additional tool to measure student pacing.

Portfolio samples and other student work are also required.

In a virtual program, students and their learning coaches mail these assessments to the teacher.  These scores are then entered into an online grade book.

Carden Virtual Academy opens in September 2010, and will offer both in-class and online instruction for grades K-12. It is an option for families who wish to be directly involved in their children’s education, for teens who seek an accelerated schedule to begin college early, and for teens needing to catch up on credits to graduate with their classmates.

For more information, call Shannon Brander at (760) 927-5134.

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03.24.2010 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on Charter School Brings Test Scores Up

Charter School Brings Test Scores Up

 
Jamie Crispin, principal of E-Institute High School in the Phoenix, Arizona area, tells the San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board about the success his school has had, and how  the founding group could similarly help students in San Bernardino with Carden Virtual Academy. Photo by Chris Sloan

Carden’s Arizona students take state reading and math tests in the third, eighth grades and 10th grades. In 2008 the Carden Traditional Schools had 100 percent mastery of these tests in some cases, and no less than 80 percent in all other cases.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) A charter school that has helped elementary, middle and high school students in Arizona raise their state test scores and graduation rates plans to open in San Bernardino in August 2010.


“Carden Virtual Academy is not new to education,” said Executive Director Tim Smith. “We have a 14-year history of graduating 85 to 100 percent of our students in Arizona, and of producing state test scores that are well over the state average.”


Carden Virtual Academy will serve all students, kindergarten through 12th grade, in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. It will offer individualized education plans, which can include on-campus classes and online classes.


The school’s curriculum will be based on California education standards, and employ California certified teachers.


“Carden Virtual Academy’s mission is to deliver a high quality education focused on building skills, character and confidence,” Smith said. “The curriculum will be personalized for each student, offering a mix of onsite classes in day and evening hours, online classes and independent study. Onsite courses will include hands-on learning activities and high technology.”


Carden Virtual Academy is affiliated with the Phoenix-area’s Carden Traditional School of Glendale, Carden Traditional School of Surprise, both of which serve kindergarten through eighth grade, and E-Institute Charter Schools, which serve grades 9-12 on three campuses.


“E-Institute Charter High School, which opened in 2000, has a proven track record of successfully serving high school students that may be at risk of dropping out of school or not successfully completing school,” Smith said. “It uses a “hybrid” approach – in-class instruction led by a teacher, combined with personalized computer learning.”


“Working with parents and teachers, each E-Institute student develops a personalized learning plan,” Smith continued. “This plan identifies academic goals and completion deadlines to keep the student on the proper path to successfully passing Arizona’s high school exit exam and graduating.”

Arizona students take state reading and math tests in the third, eighth grades and 10th grades. In 2008 the Carden Traditional Schools had 100 percent mastery of these tests in some cases, and no less than 80 percent in all other cases.



Eighth-graders at Carden Traditional School of Surprise had 100 percent mastery in both subjects. Third-graders at this school had 89 percent mastery of reading, and 80 percent mastery of math.


Combined, the test results for Carden Traditional School of Surprise have qualified this campus for an elite list of Arizona’s “high-performing” schools. It is also the first charter school in Arizona to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program.


Carden Traditional School of Glendale also has high test scores, and is ranked in the top 29 of Arizona charter schools for its growth in both math and reading scores. All of its third-graders demonstrated mastery of reading in 2008 and 91 percent of its eighth-graders. In math, 83 percent of the third-graders and 75 percent of the eighth-graders demonstrated mastery.


These Arizona schools started out in 1996 as International Studies Academy in Glendale, Ariz. At the time, International Studies Academy served college preparatory students in grades 7-12 only.


In 2000, the founders of International Studies Academy decided they needed to help the many Phoenix-area students who weren’t planning to go to college. This group developed the first campus of E-Institute Charter School, thus expanding the high school program to meet the needs of all students in the Phoenix area.


Since then, it has added two new campuses of E-Institute Charter Schools, one in the Phoenix metro area and another in Surprise.


In 2000, the founders also received a charter to operate Carden Elementary School for grades K-6 in Glendale, Ariz., now known as Carden Traditional School of Glendale. The founders opened the Carden Traditional School in Surprise, Arizona in 2002.


Carden Virtual Academy in San Bernardino is expected to be approved soon by the San Bernardino City Unified School District.


To attend an information session on March 25, or for more information, call Shannan Gonzales at (909) 888-0017.

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03.05.2010 Taylion Virtual Academy Comments Off on San Bernardino Has A New Choice In Education

San Bernardino Has A New Choice In Education

 Tim Smith, executive director of the Carden Virtual Academy, explains the school to the San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board.

Carden’s Arizona schools have an 85 – 100 percent graduation rate, and score in the 80th percentile and above on standardized tests for their state.

(SAN BERNARDINO)  Parents are invited to learn more about Carden Virtual Academy a new high tech charter school starting in San Bernardino in August of 2010 in San Bernardino.  The school will educate students in grades Kindergarten through the 12th year. 
The information session is set for Thursday, March 25 at the Feldheym Library at 5:30 pm.  The library is located at 555 West Fifth Street in San Bernardino.
“We will make learning exciting for students,” said Tim Smith, executive director of Carden Virtual Academy. “They will not only learn critical academic skills, but we also will help them develop character and confidence.”
Carden Virtual Academy is not new to education.  The company has operated four charter schools in the Phoenix, Ariz. area for 14 years. These are Carden Traditional Schools in Glendale and Surprise, and E-Institute Charter High Schools on multiple campuses in the Phoenix area.
The Arizona schools have an 85 percent graduation rate, and score in the 80th percentile and above on standardized tests for their state.
“San Bernardino is similar to the communities in Arizona where we have had success in serving,” Smith said. “We are familiar with the needs of students who are at risk of dropping out, and students who are English learners. We have been able to meet the needs of these students, and help them have academic success.”
“Carden Academy will create your child’s educational plan to meet his or her educational needs, with on campus classes, online classes and/or independent study. Carden Academy will be open during the day and evening,” said Smith.
Smith added, Carden Academy is for students who are at-risk, failing, or don’t fit into the traditional school environment.  “We want to be a community resource and partner with the San Bernardino City Unified School District, and help your students achieve academic success,” Smith said.
College-bound students looking for accelerated programs are also a good fit for Carden Academy.
Carden is expected to be approved soon by the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
Carden Virtual Academy will start out as one campus, providing all of its K-12 students the same range of options and benefits as the campuses in Arizona.  “We will hire a local administrator and 30 credentialed local teachers,” said Smith.
Carden Virtual Academy’s mission is to deliver a high quality education focused on building skills, character and confidence. The curriculum will be personalized for each student, offering a mix of onsite classes in day and evening hours, online classes and independent study. Onsite courses will include hands-on learning activities and high technology. The school’s curriculum will be based on California education standards, and employ California certified teachers.
To attend an information session, or for more information, call Shannan Gonzales at (909) 888-0017.

Picture Slide Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agt9Q7_V_tE

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