Academics Details

Academic Program

Educational Goals
It is the purpose of the academy to provide a program that will prepare students to take full advantage of high school, a preparatory program that will meet the needs of the individual student. A complete and organized curriculum implemented daily according to student schedules, excellent equipment and materials, competent, qualified, dedicated teachers, conscientious students, and supportive parents are the means through which the educational goals of Arden Cahill Academy are accomplished.

Mission Statement
It is the purpose of Arden Cahill Academy to create a wholesome environment for learning where each child may grow and mature intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and morally to the best of his ability.

Academic Policy
It is the policy of the academy that a student is expected to support the high academic standards of the school by performing to the best of his ability and obtaining the best grades possible. When a student experiences a record of academic failure, recommendations for improvement will be given. If the student's grades do not reflect a sufficient amount of improvement by the end of the term, recommendations will be made which could include summer study, grade retention, tutoring, evaluation, academic probation, or non-acceptance for placement in the upcoming school year.

Homeroom Placement Policy Students of Arden Cahill Academy are heterogeneously grouped. It is not the policy of the school to allow any requests for students to be placed or to not be placed with a particular teacher.

Curriculum
Each subject is essential if the educational goals are to be achieved. The specific courses in this curriculum are designed to provide the student with the opportunity to achieve the necessary skills and attitudes for life by developing the following:

  1. powers in organization, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and citizenship,
  2. capacities in the fundamental skills of communication, namely, reading, writing, speaking, listening, observing, and computing,
  3. competency in math, science, and technology,
  4. awareness of man's environment socially, physically, and culturally,
  5. appreciation of moral, ethical, and spiritual values,
  6. experiences to enlighten students of vocational opportunities at a professional level.



Formal Physical Education Program

The physical education program is organized to provide:

  1. development of skills, fitness, and perceptual motor training,
  2. instruction and participation in individual and team sports, namely baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, jump rope, swimming, and track and field.



Field Trips and Visitors

Field trips and field visitors are a vital part of the total curriculum as they provide motivation and enrichment, and give meaningful experiences to the course of study. It is required that students attend all field trips if they are to enjoy total benefit of the curriculum. Parents are encouraged to find ways that they may serve as field visitors by sharing their areas of expertise.

Library Program

The library program includes the following:

  1. instruction in the use of library materials including our Accelerated Reader program,
  2. guidance in reading, reference, research, listening, and viewing,
  3. motivation of students to read and to use the library frequently and effectively.



Technology/Computer Lab

The computer lab provides dedicated class time to our 1st-8th grade students. Computers and academic software are also used in some preschool-8th grade academic classrooms to reinforce academic skills in specific curriculum subject areas. The quality of our lab enables students to be taught through the latest in software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and Print Shop (desktop publishing) with a Windows operating system. All students will use academic software to enrich all subjects covered in the classroom. Traditional typing lessons are taught to our 1st-8th grade students. Internet research and virtual tours are an integral part of lab activities and are used in our 4th-8th grade classrooms as well. There are several times throughout the year where a collaborative endeavor, often in the form of a project (PowerPoint, report, etc.) is undertaken, which crosses all areas of the curriculum and is coordinated by the computer and academic teachers. Students are also instructed in the use of other areas of technology including printers, scanners, Smart boards (interactive output device) and remotes, as well as digital cameras. The philosophy of the technology program is to extend the general knowledge base of our students, which is consistent with the overall teaching philosophy of Arden Cahill Academy.

Student Evaluation

  • Metropolitan Readiness Test, 6th edition. (Administered to preschool 4 year olds in Quarter IV.)
  • Terra Nova Achievement Test (Administered to all students in grades Kdg. – 8 in Quarter IV.)
  • InView Mental Ability Test (Administered to all students in grades 2, 4, 7 in Quarter IV.)

Testing occurs only on the dates scheduled. No portion of the test will be made up in the event of an absence.

Exams
Exams are given at the end of Quarters II and IV to students in grades 5–8. 5th and 6th grade students take exams in the subject areas of reading, English, spelling, and math. Exams in 5th and 6th grade count for 1/2 of the test average for Quarters II and IV. 7th and 8th grade students take exams in the subject areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, and French. Exams in the 7th and 8th grade count for 1/3 of the final average for Quarters II and IV. Eighth grade students who have an A average in an academic subject at the close of Quarter IV may be exempt from taking the final exam in that subject.

Grading System: Kindergarten

Academic
E = excellent
G = very good
S = satisfactory
N = needs improvement
U = unsatisfactory
Behavior
S
S-
N
U
Cultural Arts
Handwriting

S = satisfactory
N = needs improvement



Grading System: Grades 1 - 8

Academic
A = 100–93
B = 92–85
C = 84–75
D = 74–70
F = 69–below
Behavior
S
N
U
Handwring (1st - 4th)
S
N

Final grade averages are rounded at .5 for all grades (K-8th).

Reporting Student Progress
Weekly papers and cover sheets, Student Conferences, Parent Conferences, and Report Cards - Mid–Period Progress Reports are issued in the middle of each quarter when there is:

  1. failure in a subject,
  2. danger of failure in a subject,
  3. need for improvement in a subject,
  4. marked improvement in a subject.



Scholastic Awards

A suspension will disqualify any 1st-8th grade student from the High Honor Roll or Honor Roll for the quarter in which the suspension was received.

Grades 1–4

High Honor Roll – To qualify for the quarterly High Honor Roll student must maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.6 with not less than a "B" in any subject and not less than an "N" in behavior.

Honor Roll – To qualify for the quarterly honor roll a student must maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.0 with not less than a "C" in any subject and not less than an "N" in behavior.

Spelling/Foreign Language Certificates are presented in the classrooms to the student winning the class spelling/foreign language bee.

Certificate of Recognition is presented annually to students that maintain an "A" average in any academic subject.

Merit Award is presented annually to students that have been on either honor roll all four quarters.

Certificate of Achievement is presented annually to students that have been on the High Honor Roll all four quarters.

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to the 4th grade students who meet the criteria set by the Secretary of Education for the current school year. Number of awardees may not exceed a certain percent of students.

Perfect Attendance Award is presented annually to students who have not missed one full day of school throughout the school year, and have not been tardy more than once.

Duke University 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Program honors 4th grade students who qualify for recognition through high achievement test scores.

Grades 5–8

High Honor Roll – To qualify for the quarterly High Honor Roll student must maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.6 with not less than a "B" in any subject and not less than an "N" in behavior.

Honor Roll – To qualify for the quarterly honor roll a student must maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.0 with not less than a "C" in any subject and not less than an "N" in behavior.

Science Honors Society - Fifth through eighth grade students who earn an "A" or "B" in science and an "S" in conduct for the first quarter are recognized as members of the Science Honor Society. Students must maintain an "A" or "B" average in science and an "S" in conduct each quarter to remain in the Science Honors Society. End of the year awards are as follows: Junior SHS members receive certificates, 7th grade Senior SHS members receive neck medals, and 8th grade Senior SHS members receive pins and year guards commemorating the number of years in the Science Honors Society.

Spelling/Foreign Language Certificate is presented in the classrooms to the student winning the class spelling/foreign language bee.

Certificate of Merit is presented annually to students who have been on the High or Regular Honor Roll one, two or three times during the school year.

Honor Roll Pin/Year Guard is presented annually to a student who has been on the Honor Roll all four quarters.

High Honor Roll Trophy is presented annually to students who remained on High Honor Roll all four quarters.

Academic Excellence Award is presented annually to the outstanding student in each academic subject at each grade level in grades 5 and above. The criterion for consideration is as follows: straight "A's", highest grade average and exceptional classroom performance.

Perfect Attendance Award is presented annually to students who have not missed a day of school throughout the school year and have not been tardy more than once.

Matthew Bednar Memorial Achievement Award is presented to a 5th grade student who is selected by teacher vote to receive this award based on academic excellence and outstanding participation in sports and extra–curricular and community activities.

Duke University Talent ID Program honors 7th grade students who qualify for recognition through high achievement test scores.

Duke University 4th/5th Grade Talent Search Program honors 5th grade students who qualify for recognition through high achievement test scores.

Grade 8

Valedictory Award is presented to the 8th grade student who has maintained the highest final grade point average accumulated from grades 6–8. To be eligible the student must have attended Arden Cahill Academy in grades 6, 7, and 8.

Salutatory Award is presented to the 8th grade student who has maintained the second highest final grade point average accumulated from grades 6–8. To be eligible the student must have attended Arden Cahill Academy in grades 6, 7, and 8.

Citizenship Award is presented to an 8th grade student who has contributed greatly to the Academy through participation, attitude, and service.

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to the 8th grade students who meet the criteria set by the Secretary of Education for the current school year. The number of awardees may not exceed a certain percent of students.

High School Credit

Eighth grade students may be eligible to receive credit for ninth grade English and Algebra I. In order to be eligible the student must earn no less than a B in any quarter or on the semester exams in eighth grade language arts and algebra. A B average alone is not sufficient for eligibility. Only those students who received A's and B's on each of the four quarterly report cards, as well as on both of the semester exams in each of the subjects will be eligible to receive High School Credit in language arts and algebra through this academy. Please note that some high schools require students to take a proficiency test through the high school to earn credit.