Departmentalized Classroom at Chenal Campus

  •  March 03, 2018

Dear Parents or Guardians LISA Academy as you know is a very rigorous college preparatory school. As an elementary school we want to prepare our students for the rigors that await them in middle school. We also are seeking to utilize our great teaches to maximize impact to students. As a district team along with our sister school LISA North, LISA Academy Chenal will be going to a departmentalization instruction model for third through fifth grade.

This means that students in third through fifth grade will have three different teachers. One each for math, English Language Arts, and another for science and social studies.

Research is showing the impact of departmentalization: " Departmentalization in fourth and fifth grades offers academic specialization in which self-contained classrooms are deficient. Departmentalization makes it easier for students to follow the discipline tracking to suit their abilities. It takes full advantage of the best of teacher resources and facilitates instructional planning. In addition, students seem to like the freedom to move around from classroom to classroom in a school day (Grooms, 1967; Reed, 2002). After all, elementary students really need to be exposed to the opportunity to develop their survival skills as they transition from the egocentrism of childhood to a group-centered way of school life (Perlstein, 2003)."

We look forward to the progress this will mean for our students!

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