Academics

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The achievement gap – the difference in academic performance between high and low income students– is wider in Connecticut than any other state in the country. New Beginnings Family Academy relentlessly hammers away at this socio-economic educational inequity by ensuring academic success and building character in every student. NBFA’s focus on student achievement includes: 

SMALL CLASS SIZE
NBFA classrooms will have an average of 19 students and two adults per class in grades pre-K to 6. There will be 1.5 adults for 7th and 8th grade classes.

INTEGRATED THEMATIC INSTRUCTIONAL APPROACH
Teaching is approached through a central concept that unifies all the disciplines. This is a creative and exciting approach for learners as it enables them to notice connections between various subjects. Learning, therefore, becomes a continuous process that extends beyond textbooks or prescribed curricula.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Through this approach, emphasis is placed on both the process and product that represents learning as students are asked to apply learnt knowledge by problem solving, analyzing, researching, and creating artifacts.

DATA DRIVEN INSTRUCTION
NBFA administers student assessments to create skill-appropriate instructional groups, inform classroom instruction and identify areas for professional development.

STRETCH Academy
STRETCH: Meeting the diverse recreational, educational and social needs of our students

New Beginnings Family Academy STRETCH offers our students an array of after-school art and sport-based enrichment activities that support their recreational and social-emotional developmental needs. Throughout the 10 months cycle, students engage in pre-arranged age appropriate enrichment activities that foster teamwork, physical activity, creativity and integrity. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
NBFA provides teachers and leaders with ongoing, frequent training to support enhanced student learning.

THE ARTS
NBFA partners with arts-based nonprofits to provide every student with integrated student art and art enrichment activities.

Sample Academic Day – Integrated Schedule

Morning Meeting (Class sing, etc.)

Focused Instruction

Work Stations

Enrichment

Specials

Lunch

Recess

Focused Instruction

Work Stations

Closing Circle