Key Design Elements

Consistent with the vision described in the Mission Statement, the Enterprise Charter School (ECS) incorporates the following features:

Differentiated and Individualized Instruction

ECS incorporates this approach in order to reach students of all educational and academic levels through responsive educational practices and methods of teaching. ECS incorporates differentiated instruction allowing students to compete against themselves as they develop and grow. We do not assume that the roadmap to one students' individual success is the same as another. We engage students in instruction by making connections to their different interests and using their multiple intelligences as lenses for processing content. We use various models of planning, instruction and assessment at varied rates of complexity. By giving students the opportunity, we push them to find understanding and develop the skills they will need to achieve success.

Departmentalized Instruction Beginning in Grade 4

This approach to instruction, appointing teachers within teams, assures that a principal teacher with responsibility for content area instruction within a grade presents and integrates instruction through students' project based work. Instruction is aligned with NYS Learning Standards.

Constructivism

This approach to instruction is used since it acknowledges students' construction of knowledge based on previous learning and experiences and allows the student to have input on the delivery and content of instruction.

Classroom Structure

The school is structured as follows:

ECS Elementary School

  • Level 1: Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • Level 2: Grades 2 and 3
  • Level 3: Grades 4 and 5

ECS Middle School

  • Level 4: Grades 6, 7 and 8

ECS utilizes looping as a practice. This approach has many social and academic advantages. It emphasizes stability, persistence and intimacy and reduces student anxiety of possible failure because it allows for increased instructional time. Looping allows for an increase in teacher's knowledge of students' intellectual strengths and weaknesses over several years. It allows for more opportunities to tailor curriculum to individual student need. It allows for authentic assessment of our student programs. Teachers will gain more experience with teaching methods. There are also links of possibly fewer behavior problems and stronger peer relationships. Looping fosters bonds between faculty, children and parents.

Universal Art, Music, Physical Education, Research and Investigations, and Foreign Language (Kindergarten – grade 8)

The ECS includes full-year instruction at grades K-8 in art, music, physical education, computers, vocational technology, and foreign language to meet the State's Learning Standards and to provide a well-rounded education to complement the core subjects.

Commitment to Staff Development

Increases opportunities to continue teacher/staff educational development through in-services provided by area colleges. Additionally, teachers receive support from the and coaching from specified staff.

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