We utilize frequent diagnostic testing through STAR Reading and STAR Math to ensure students are mastering state standards. These assessments help teachers adjust instructional strategies and speed to maintain high levels of academic growth. We also participate in Texas’ student testing program, STAAR.
Ki teachers schedule tutoring hours to help students master learning objectives.
Students may request additional teacher help before and after school and even on weekends.
Ki Charter offers supplemental programming in the summer months for all student residents of the San Marcos and Liberty Hill campuses. Summer school begins the first Monday after the last day of the regular school year. For six weeks, students work on remediation, credit recovery or acceleration, and skill mastery. School hours run from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, during the summer school session.
Ki Charter focuses on the academic, social, and emotional needs of the whole child. Our goal is to maximize student growth and potential through career-and-academic-focused curriculum so we can reintroduce students into their respective schools with reduced learning gaps.
Our rigorous curriculum meets and/or exceeds Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards for elementary and secondary students. Our core curriculum includes:
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Career and Technical Education
Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares students to enter the workforce immediately after graduation or pursue additional training as apprentices or in college. We combine classroom instruction with work-based learning experiences and personal leadership development to help ensure a dynamic workforce for the future. Using Pitsco Education Career Expeditions, middle and high school students learn about a variety of career pathways while incorporating STEM concepts into real-world, relevant activities. We review:
Safety and sanitation
Hygiene and nutrition
Housing and human services
So whether our students are putting the finishing touches on their resume or obtaining a job-related certification (such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration or Food Handling), our CTE programming prepares them for real-world job experiences.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program
Ki Charter is the first residential-care school district in the nation to offer a fully-equipped PITSCO lab in conjunction with our elementary, middle, and high school STEM curricula. The lab environment combines typical science lab workstations with technology and maker space components to give students a thoroughly immersive experience.
PITSCO math and science labs are not separate courses for students at Ki; rather, they supplement our math and science curricula by offering a kinesthetic learning environment that benefits every student. Students receive direct instruction in math and science theory in the classroom, then translate their learning objectives to the lab through tactile and manipulative practice. Students in our lab also explore jobs in engineering, biology, mathematics, and information technology, helping them translate academic knowledge to real-world job competencies.
We recognize the unique interests and strengths of all our students, including those with exceptional abilities. We identify students who demonstrate outstanding academic aptitude and motivation, creative and critical thinking, and leadership, and if appropriate we recommend testing for GT. We also participate in the Virtual School Network which provides Ki Charter students with instruction in courses for which we do not have a teacher.