School: Caliber: Beta Academy
Grades Served: K-8
Location: Richmond, CA
Operator: Caliber Schools
Operator Type: Charter
Students at Opening: 270
Students at Capacity: 810
Blended Model Type:Station, Lab, Individual Rotation; Flex
Key Features: Competency-Based Learning, Project-Based and Experiential Learning, Next Generation Staffing Model, Social-Emotional Development
Caliber Schools is a new network of charter schools in Bay Area that plans to operate six schools opening over six years in two full K-12 pipelines.
The Academic Model:
- Caliber: Beta Academy combines a blended learning approach to literacy and numeracy with a project-based approach to science and social studies.
The initial academic model, which is expected to change through iterative evidence-based improvement, interweaves a rigorous core curriculum with an intense focus on the following:
Projects that require analysis, experimentation, and collaboration
A deliberate social and emotional development program to build resilience,
persistence, and grit\
Before school starts, students complete a comprehensive assessment, a senior staff member visits their homes, and they develop an initial personalized learning plan inone-on-one meetings with their faculty advisors.
The Organizational Model:
- Caliber’s staffing model is differentiated and team -oriented with department chairs, master teachers, and associate teachers working together.
- As a lab school, Caliber is wed to outcomes but not to a particular school design, educational program, product or approach.
- Caliber intends to show that through great teaching and the right school culture, the achievement gap can be bridged—even in extremely disadvantaged areas on a public budget. Caliber Schools received a planning grant in July 2013 to support the development of this school model.
Caliber Schools received a planning grant in July 2013 to support the development of this school model.