Kreiva Academy provides a rigorous, transdisciplinary, real-world education
In recent months, the resilience of the Kreiva community has shown in the face of one of the most challenging years for students, families, and educators alike. We have been so proud of our students who continue to meaningfully contribute and adapt in our new virtual and hybrid learning environments. Our teachers are continually seeking innovative and engaging ways to deliver instruction, build relationships with students, and reflect and build on what we are learning as we navigate what it means to teach during a pandemic. We are grateful to our Kreiva families for the support you continue to provide to your students and school community as we continue to make our way as a new, innovative charter school.
During the 2020 Summer, Kreiva teachers took part in intensive professional development focusing on what it means to be a Project-Based school. Our Upper and Lower school teams created multi-year learning maps with strategically aligned learning goals. We decided to change our “core” courses (math, science, humanities) to year-long courses to more effectively align learning goals with course content and to insure student access to all learning targets during their lower and upper school experiences. Teachers came up with “Big Ideas” that link concepts across courses for each trimester. The “Big Ideas” are real world themes that are relevant to the everyday lives of students. When concepts are woven across and throughout different classes and linked back to a central idea, our processes for teaching and learning mirror how our brains work. When we are able to link learning across classes, the connections that are made lead to deeper learning and understanding.
In this Trimester’s Program of Studies, you will see the continued evolution of “Big Ideas” that started being developed during Trimester 1. Thank you for your continued support in our journey as an innovative and exemplary Project- and Competency-Based Charter School.
The purpose of these documents is to create a set of sub-competencies (Learning Targets) for Kreiva Academy. These Learning Targets will serve as a clear link between the state-adopted standards and the competencies (credits) earned by students. In addition, they clarify learning so that students can more readily understand the purpose of—and track their progress towards—their understanding of topics. This also allows teachers to hone in on the important aspects of what they are teaching, setting a transparent standard for the minimum acceptable level of understanding. Because all classes at Kreiva Academy are interdisciplinary, this project sets the foundation for targets from all core subjects to be mixed and matched based on topics relevant to students. These topics will drive our modules (5-8 week classes), which make up the rigorous, engaging curriculum.
Kreiva Academy Graduation Requirements
Kreiva Academy’s benchmark competency goals meet or exceed all NH requirements for high school graduation. Kreiva’s competencies take into account elements of character development, civic awareness, and career readiness that have emerged as essential to 21st Century success. Kreiva’s competency-based grading will reflect a student’s demonstrable level of mastery of a concept or skill at a given point in time, not an averaging of a number of distinct assignments from start to finish of the learning process. Each student’s competency data is maintained, continually updated, and reported to show their growth over time toward achieving the benchmark proficiency of each competency standard, providing a clear picture of their learning path.
CLICK HERE for a sample transcript to see credits needed for graduation.
CLICK HERE to watch a video about how students earn credits at Kreiva Academy.