At Kairos, we personalize learning to meet each student where they’re at. That means, everyone’s day will look a little different (just like in college). That said, everyone takes part in the same components of a high-quality education.
Courses include English, History, Science, and Math. Each course is year-long and includes 2-3 components: Focus Areas, Projects and for math, Concept Units.
Focus Areas are dedicated to learning Content Knowledge, or the facts and information we all need to understand the world around us. This material is learned independently through the Summit Learning Platform at the pace that’s right for each student. That means Focus Area time might look a little different for your student than for their friends. No matter what, students always have a teacher around for 1:1 tutoring when they need it.
Projects require students to apply Content Knowledge to solve real-world problems by working in groups with their peers and by developing and using Cognitive Skills. Cognitive Skills are the higher-order thinking skills that we all need to solve complex problems in college and beyond. Projects are facilitated by teachers.
Concept Units are short, rich math tasks where students and their peers work together to discover formulas and how, when and why mathematical concepts work.
In addition to differentiating pace and challenge in our core curriculum, Kairos students follow personalized learning pathways for executive functioning, foundational fluency, and elective interests. This comes in two forms: Fundamentals, and Electives, occuring once or twice a week. In Fundamentals, students are assigned individualized skills each cycle on IXL and Vocabulary.com—two of our online learning platforms—based on skill gaps identified by the NWEA MAP test. In Electives—like computer science, visual arts, performing arts, or foreign language—students can explore academic passions with guidance from their teachers.