Charter schools are FREE Public Schools overseen by the local school district or county but are free to govern themselves and create their own educational program. Charter schools are public schools operated independently of the local school board, often with a curriculum and educational philosophy different from the other schools in the system. They are tuition-free, non-religious, and are mandated to teach all. Charter schools create new professional opportunities for teachers, provide parents and pupils expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities available through the public school system, and encourage the use of different and state-of-the-art teaching methods.
Research supports environments with two or more grades that allow learners the flexibility to progress at their own pace along a continuum of achievement. As such, select grade levels at SCVi are multi-age environments.Learn More
Our program allows for authentic opportunities which allow your learner to go as deep as they are driven to learn. We work together with the learners and their families to develop a passion for learning.
SCVi follows Common Core state standards. SCVi staff goes through extensive training every August before schools starts and throughout the year. SCVi and iLEAD are pioneers in project-based learning and integrating social-emotional learning into the curriculum. Much of the way we do that is for facilitators and other staff to take on a project themselves. One of those first projects is to create their own syllabus and curriculum based on the state standards. Project-based learning is the ideal way prepare our learners for their future, as it mimics the workplace more than any other. If you would like to find out more about PBL, please see the resources below.
When you tour the school, ask the learners “do you have homework?”. Typically the answer is “no!”. Then ask, “Do you do work at home?” Typically that answer is “Of course!”.
We don’t give much homework in the form that the learners get at other schools, like packets. Our “homework” is an extension of the projects they are working on in class. It might look like research, or putting together a model, or refining an essay. As the learners get older, there is more to be done after school hours, as is appropriate for their grade level.
However, we will always value carving out time for kids to spend time with their family, exercise, and generally have some down time after their school day is done. That is just a natural part of developing the whole child and just makes sense, right? Research supports our view, and there are resources listed below if you would like to read more.
We have done years of research into the way companies of the future, such as Pixar, Google, Fast Company, Zappos and Facebook have set up their office spaces, as well as studying what skills-sets they expect of their employees. Our environments are a reflection of that research. We are preparing our kids for their future, not our past. We believe that kids in quiet rows of desks are a reflection of years past. We have intentionally design classrooms and created a culture where learners can easily talk, share and collaborate, rather than working in isolation as the norm. This is just like the companies they will eventually work in or build for themselves as entrepreneurs.
Learners react to this unique environment in many different ways. Most find it refreshing to finally be able to wiggle their bodies and move around as needed, causing enhanced concentration and engagement. Others find they prefer less stimuli in order to perform quiet work. Our facilitators do an excellent job of understanding which learners need a quieter work environment and when. They facilitate students choices and make the arrangements necessary to use the classrooms spaces designed for quiet work when needed. More often than not, the active environment is necessary for the collaboration in a project-based setting.
For more information about a PBL designed classroom, please read the books below
Because or our unique approach to deeper learning and focus on social emotional skills, we take a different approach to discipline than most schools. We believe that it is part of our job to facilitate growth in the area of learning self-direction, and discipline. We think it’s so important that social-emotional skills are even included in the ILP’s (Individualized Learning Plans), LLC’s (Learner Led Conferences) and Reports of Progress. Each of our learners is different, as are the challenges arise. Therefore, the consequences for choices that might negatively affect those around them become authentic and naturally related to the behavior and come with discussion and context. We have done quite a bit of research to find the best approach and right fit philosophy to go with our mission. We are not fans of punishments and rewards. While we predominantly use Love and Logic literature because there are a wealth of books on the subject from different applications from the classroom to the home, there are other similar resources we also recommend. Please see books below and our own Love and Logic section of our website for more information. Please also look for upcoming Love and Logic classes offered in our Parent Universtiy section. It works beautifully when Love and Logic sytles are reinforced both at home and at school.
If your learner is transferring from a different education environment they may experience an adjustment. Some learners from a traditional environment struggle at first, others adapt quickly. Our learners, mainly, step into a leadership role and take their new classmates under their wing and show them how to be successful in our system.
It is really free. We are publicly funded, and there is no cost to attend. We do, however, appreciate the generous donations from our families. If you would like to contribute to SCVi, please see our donation page found here.
Bus service to SCVi from the San Fernando Valley will depart daily at 7:30 a.m. sharp from 3 pickup locations. For more information and to sign up, click here.
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This information will be available at the Meet the Facilitators event just before schools starts. Or, if you are joining us mid-year, you can ask your child’s Facilitator.
I heard SCVi is a family participation school. How many hours am I expected to work and how will I know where or how I can volunteer?
Volunteering and participation are always optional. We do strongly encourage participation in order to foster the home-school connection and work tirelessly to create a culture where families feel welcome to come onto campus often, but of course, we understand that is not an option for every family. If possible, families are asked to participate 40 hours per year, which works out to 1 hour per week or 4 hours per month. These hours can be earned through a variety of opportunities intentionally designed to accommodate a range of schedules and ability to participate, including classroom volunteering, operational / facilities assistance, relevant professional expertise, administrative tasks or by attending Parent University workshops and seminars. See the Volunteering page for a list of volunteer needs, and watch the Monday Message for current volunteer needs.
Our technology goal is a one-to-one (one device to one student) technology-to-learner ratio. Learners are encouraged to provide a source of technology, be that a laptop, iPad, or tablet, but it is not required and there are school devices available to every learner.
Yes, please see Please see iCREATE, our afterschool care program.
SCVi offers a lunch program, which you can learn more about on the Cafe page. Our cafe also has healthy snacks for purchase
The large majority of communication at SCVi is online and via e-mail. If you are not receiving the Monday Message, please subscribe via this link (click here). If you are not receiving messages, please e-mail email@example.com. If you do not have internet or computer equipment at home, we will provide a space and/or device at school for you to view the newsletters and get information.