A day at Altura Prep is filled with exciting lessons, projects, small group activities, and opportunities to set and achieve goals.
Altura Prep’s school day begins at 8:00am every day, and ends at 4:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Dismissal is at 1:00pm on Wednesdays for teacher development time. We also offer before and after school programming beginning at 7:00am and ending at 6:00pm.
Students are in a class of 22 students, named after a college or university. Each student has 3 different teachers that specialize in reading, math, and STEAM.
Read on to learn about a day in the life of an Altura Prep scholar.
Morning Drop-Off begins at 7:30am. Breakfast is offered in the cafeteria, and students may go to their classes for Morning Work. Every student is greeted as they enter the building, and every one practices their greetings, eye contact, and hand shakes each day.
Students begin their day in their homeroom class. They do class cheers and chants, set goals as a group and individually, and practice mindfulness to prepare for the day ahead.
English Language Arts
In English Language Arts (ELA), students practice reading and writing in whole group and small groups. Students read “good fit books” with partners and individually, and work with their teacher to improve their understanding of interesting, relevant, and challenging texts. Students write each day about what they read, and will learn narrative, opinion, and informational writing over the course of each year. Students will also use a combination of online tools and in person activities to practice and improve their reading.
Altura Prep students have either STEAM or Social Studies every day of the week. Their teacher prepares units that help students apply what they learn in both ELA and Math, and connects their learning across all subjects. Students may build a solution to a problem they see in their community in STEAM, and then learn about what other historical figures have done in similar situations in Social Studies.
Lunch and Recess
Lunch at Altura Prep is filling and fun. Students eat with their classmates, and sometimes, their teachers. We partner with a local organization to provide healthy and delicious meals. All students have recess each day, and students are able to play and move to energize their bodies and minds.
All students have PE or Arts every day at Altura Prep for 60 minutes. We encourage our Enrichment teachers to channel their passions and to help our students learn to find and channel theirs. Enrichment is not an after-thought, it is an important part of a well-rounded school day.
For 15 minutes daily, all students practice seeing, demonstrating, and celebrating one of the Altura Prep REACH core values: R
uriosity, and H
ard Work. Teachers begin the year by running these parts of the day, and as our students grow, they will begin to take ownership over this time by deciding on the lesson focus, and some of the skills that they would like to practice or celebrate.
We believe that it is not only important for students to learn how to do math, but also to think mathematically. In math class, students to learn how to do math, and more importantly, they learn what they are doing and why. Students participate in “problem based instruction” as a group, and then work independently or in small groups to practice skills they most need to develop. The teacher coaches and supports students to understand what they are doing, so that students can then apply it in other fields and in the future.
At the end of a full day, students return to their homeroom with their homeroom teacher. Just as they began the day talking about goals, students reflect on the goals they have set for themselves and brainstorm opportunities for new goals for the next day. Students and teachers give “shout outs” to celebrate great things that happened during the day, and celebrate one another for another great day at Altura Prep.
A Day in the Life of Nina, an ALtura Prep Scholar
Friday Genius Hour
We believe all students deserve a personalized learning environment. At Altura Prep, we develop individual student’s passions by giving everyone an opportunity to work on something that they are passionate about every Friday. Students learn how to plan, execute, and present their project on their own. As a school, we keep this time separate because we know how important it is that each child find their passion and grow it.
Friday Town Hall
Every Friday, we take time as a school to celebrate our students’ work during the week before. We sing songs, do cheers, and have opportunities for scholars to “Show What You Know” in front of the school. We celebrate ours students who have grown academically and personally and cheer on our Scholars of the Week. We invite you to come celebrate with us each Friday!