Functional Academics Information and Grading Policy
Students will be working on the Aligned Standards of Learning which are Virginia state standards that are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning or SOL's. Students will receive paced instruction in the core areas of Math and Science with Mrs. Steves and English and History with Mrs. Most. Writing instruction will occur in English, but it will also be reflected across all academic settings. Subject areas are taught with a focus on how they are used in daily life with functional life skills embedded into instruction. As a life skill we teach and promote organization and independence.
Numbers, Number Sense, Computation and Estimation - basic math facts, ratios, fractions, equivalency of expressions, place value, rounding/estimation.
Measurement and Geometry - area, sorting, naming and classifying figures (2-D and 3-D), angles, volume, similarity and congruence in objects, time, money.
Probability, Statistics, Patterns, Functions and Algebra - collecting/interpreting data through tables and graphs, number patterns, shape patterns, probability of events, comparing fractions to decimals
Reading - how to read, how to get meaning from reading, comprehension, reference materials
Writing - writing for pleasure (letters) & information; handwriting skills, punctuation/capitalization
Spelling - functional words & word family words (supporting reading)
History - people and events in US history
Economics - wants/needs, resources, goods, and services, community helpers
Geography - map skills
Civics - citizenship, USA symbols, famous Americans
Science Investigations - scientific method, lab safety, experiments, observations, tools to measure and record
Forces, Motion, Energy and Matter - states of matter, properties of water, forces, energy
Life Systems - living things, animals & plants life cycle, classification
Ecosystems - food chains/webs, predator vs. prey relationships, environments, ecosystem
Earth and Space Systems - weather, atmosphere and the ocean (water cycle), energy sources, renewable/nonrenewable resources
Students are graded on classwork, quizzes, tests and projects. Students will receive either a "Formative" grade - which does not count towards final grade, or a "Summative" grade - which does count towards the final grade. Students receive the letter grade based on the LCPS grading scale. Because the students are on an aligned curriculum, they have the opportunity to work on a topic to mastery. Students will be given a "P" or "F" for Community Independence Instruction and Functional Life Skills based on a Pass/Fail curriculum.
Instead of end of year SOL testing, a portfolio of evidence of learning called the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP) is submitted. The VAAP is a collection of evidence based on standards set by the Aligned Standards of Learning or ASOL's, submitted in a portfolio format.