Academic Achievement of Our Students

Every child is different, unique and great at something.

In August 2013 and immediately after we opened our school, we benchmarked all of our founding students using MAP. The results illustrated in the 3 graphs above and below are from our founding kindergarten students who are now current 3rd graders. Because of their awesome academic growth, we have kept this Academic Family together now for a fourth school year (2016-2017).  Many of these students are achieving at high school levels!  We congratulate the kids (pictured below) for working so hard, being so excited about their learning and taking ownership for their education. And of course we want to congratulate and recognize the teachers who are responsible for these astonishing results. These teachers continue to keep the bar high for their kids, kick them in the butts when they need it, and push their kids to explore becoming great at what they are able to; nothing more and nothing less. Awesome job Michelle Johnson (Literacy), Leah Bent (Math), Alex Gonzalez (Spanish), and Amanda Newman (Science)! You all are amazing teachers of kids.

We are exceptionally proud of the academic achievement of all of our students. We believe that each child is different and unique and it is our responsibility to “discover, protect, and nurture each child’s journey.” As our school leader Jimmy Arispe continuously reiterates, “It is our responsibility as educators to figure out what a child can be great at and to help cultivate that greatness.” Every child comes into our school at different academic levels and with their own unique set of skills.  We are focused on measuring the growth of each individual child while they are at our school, and not whether they can memorize information for the sake of passing a test.

We measure the academic growth of our students (kindergarten – 12th grade) by administering the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) three times per year. MAP is a widely-used nationally-normed computerized self-paced assessment. To learn more about this about this assessment, please visit this site – https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/.  Students can take as long as they need to answer questions or work problems, take breaks while they are taking it, and it adjusts to each child based on their responses by getting more or less difficult.

With the academic organization of our school in Academic Families in kindergarten through 8th grades, we are able to very specifically understand and analyze the academic growth of our students. With an Academic Family of 3-4 teachers having the same family of students for at least 3 years at a time, the accountability for a student’s academic achievement in a particular content area is more easily identified than in other traditional educational environments.  Additionally, our teachers are asked to only be experts at one thing – one content area. They teach one content to a larger group of students. Teachers and students are going deep rather than wide and the results are nothing short of amazing.

(Above) Founding Kindergarten students who have continuously outshined their national peers.

2016-2017 School-Wide Results and Achievements

The 3rd graders aren’t the only ones making awesome academic progress.  The following is a summary of the rest of our kids and school across the content areas and again as demonstrated by their MAP results:

Math –                                                                                                                                                                          -66% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.

-65% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.

Reading –
-81% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.

-77% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.

Language –
-80% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.

-80% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.

Science –
-83% of the average current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean since they have started at SAE.

-83% of the current SAE student body, 3rd grade and up, is above the national mean as of Fall 2016.

It is our responsibility as educators to figure out what a child can be GREAT at and to help cultivate that GREATNESS. Every child is unique, different, and has a very specific life path. At our school, “we discover, protect and nurture each child’s journey.” It’s freakin’ awesome being GREAT!

Jimmy G. Arispe
Founding Parent and CEO/Head of Schools