The District is having a public hearing about Kidinnu Academy Charter School Petition this Tuesday, March 12th at 5:30 PM located at 750 E. Main St. El Cajon, CA 92020.
Kidinnu Academy Update 1/22/19
Our charter school petition is being reviewed. Cajon Valley School District will vote to approve or deny the charter school at a meeting. Your attendance at the meeting is very important for the approval of the charter. As soon as we have a meeting date we will post it. Please check the website regularly for updates. Thank you for your continued support.
“Kids Can Do” Interdisciplinary Themes of Inquiry
The Kidinnu curriculum will be organized around seven themes of inquiry. Kidinnu has created the “Kids Can Do” themes in alignment with Kidinnu’s mission and vision. The themes will have a global, “big picture” significance for all students in all cultures, and offers students the opportunity to explore the commonalities of human experience. The themes will be supported by knowledge, concepts and skills from the traditional subject areas, but will transcend the confines of these subjects, thereby contributing to an Interdisciplinary model of teaching and learning.
The “Kids Can Do” interdisciplinary inquiry is organized around seven themes of inquiry:
- Knowing Our Place in Space and Time
- Relating to Our Self and Others
- Exploring How Things Work
- Caring for Our Surroundings
- Making Connections
- Expressing Ourselves Creatively
- Discovering Innovative Solutions
The “Kids Can Do” themes will be adopted and, in correlation with the California Common Core State Standards and frameworks, Core Knowledge Sequence, and Kidinnu’s Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs). Students will develop a deep understanding of basic and important concepts; they will conduct research into knowledge with local and global significance; they will acquire and practice a range of essential skills; they will be encouraged to develop positive attitudes toward learning, the environment and other people; and, they will have the opportunity for involvement in responsible action and social service, and in developing innovative solutions.
Kidinnu Academy will focus on meeting the needs of our target students and their community. The Kidinnu program will focus on the development of the whole child. It will be a trans-disciplinary curriculum, which draws individual disciplines together into a coherent whole, while preserving the essence of each subject, and striving to develop a global perspective.
What It Means To Be An Educated Person In The 21st Century?
Kidinnu Academy believes an educated person in the 21st Century must possess the following skills and attributes, and will support student learning to achieve high levels of:
Academic Proficiency: the academic understanding of concepts that include the scope of state and national standards in the major subject areas.
Communication Skills: the ability to communicate ideas effectively through reading, writing, and speaking in more than one language.
Research Skills: the aptitude to access, process, manage, interpret, question, validate, and act upon information.
Technological Proficiency: the knowledge of the software and hardware required to research and present information in a variety of media.
Interpersonal Skills: the social skills necessary to cooperate, make group decisions, resolve conflicts, and identify group roles in order to work effectively as a team.
Intrapersonal Skills: the ability to be aware of one’s own learning, reflect upon personal strengths/weaknesses, and identify and execute the steps necessary to achieve growth.
Critical and Innovative Thinking: the ability to analyze information and the ingenuity to creatively solve problems, make connections, and construct interdisciplinary combinations.
Tolerance: the willingness to understand and respect cultural differences in perspectives, beliefs, values and traditions.
Curiosity: the capacity to recognize personal inquiries and identify individualized learning goals accordingly.