Curriculum Offered...


30A Learning Academy focuses on individualizing curriculum in a multi-age environment. The curriculum delivery is focused on the individual needs of the students.  Our differentiated and accelerated curriculum is not limited by grade level boundaries and provides rigor in areas of strength while building a strong basic academic foundation.

Project-Based Learning

Broadly defined, project-based learning integrates many characteristics which includes, but is not limited to, interest driven learning, which is student centered. This kind of learning starts with an essential or driving question.  It is inquiry based, promotes reflection, is collaborative, encourages critical thinking, fosters communication, is highly engaging and integrates many content areas (BIE, 2003; Boss & Kraus, 2007; Edutopia, 2008; Papert, 2010). Paulo Freire and Seymour Papert defined project-based learning as the “pedagogy of the question, not the answer” (youtube.com, 2010). PBL focuses on the teacher as a facilitator, in which the teacher’s role is to support students as they use inquiry as the basis for project work.

On a more structured end of the project based learning continuum, students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st century skills (such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products and presentations (Buck Institute for Education, 2010). On the less structured end of the continuum, PBL work is completely student centered and driven. This less teacher-structured or standard-based PBL allows the student to design and implement projects based solely on what they are interested in learning and is motivating to them (Buck Institute for Education, 2010).

Math

  • Compass Learning, provides daily individualized lessons to the student level
  • Singapore Math
  • Small Group and One-on-One Instruction:  Provides more of a traditional direct instruction approach.  This is a time for students to show off what they have learned and teach the teacher or a time for teachers to provide extra support to give students the boost they need to master a skill, and then teach the teacher.  Students apply what they have learned by using manipulatives, hands on activities, and paper pencil practice activities.
  • Inquiry Math 
  • Math is also integrated into project work. This allows application, rather than it being taught in isolation.

Reading

  • Compass Learning, provides daily individualized lessons to the student level
  • Small Group and One-on-One Instruction:  Provides more of a traditional direct instruction approach.  This is a time for students to show off what they have learned and teach the teacher or a time for teachers to provide extra support to give students the boost they need to master a skill, and then teach the teacher.  Students apply what they have learned by participating in follow up activities with a teacher.
  • FCRR/Florida Center for Reading Research
  • Lindamood-Bell Visualizing & Verbalizing
  • Literature Groups
  • Facilitator Read Aloud
  • SSR or Partner Reading with a book on the student’s individual level
  • Reading is integrated into all project based learning opportunities
  • Language Arts/Writing
  • Compass Learning, provides daily individualized lessons to the student level
  • Small group instruction and One-on-One instruction:  Provides more of a traditional direct instruction approach. 
  • Journal Writing
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Writing is integrated in all project-based learning opportunities

Science, Social Studies, Global Awareness Studies

  • Get outdoors and explore ~Field Experiences~ Our beautiful 30A area is a nature and science lover’s playground.  We will be learning through exploring by using Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission curriculum and by visiting our amazing state parks.
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Curriculum
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL) 
  • Project work centered on science, countries, and customs around the world
  • Incorporate science concepts during their experiential and project-based learning opportunities
  • Project Wild
  • Aquatic Wild
  • Odyssey of the Mind® and NASA Curriculum Activities for the Classroom
  • Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida partnership

Art

  • Student driven creative discovery projects - Student lead
  • Students will participate in various art projects throughout the year
  • Seaside REP partnership
  • Music/Whole group music lessons - Teacher lead
  • Art/Whole group art lessons - Teacher lead

PE/Movement

  • At least 45 minutes of physical activity daily.
  • The activities will be done in a safety-first manner.
  • We will be outdoors and having fun in the sun, unless we are having inclement weather.