Caliber Schools K-12 Breakthrough Models

School: Caliber: Beta Academy
Grades Served: K-8
Location: Richmond, CA
Operator: Caliber Schools
Operator Type: Charter
Setting: Urban
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

The Operator: 
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:
    • Writing

    • Computer coding

    • 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. 
Wave IV Cycle 2 Launch Caliber Beta Academy
Application Deck, a snapshot of their academic model

Caliber Schools received a planning grant in July 2013 to support the development of this school model.