Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School
28060 Hasley Canyon Road
Castaic, CA 91384
Phone: (661) 705-4820
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- Project-Based Learning
- Transitional Kindergarten
Hours of OperationOur front office is available Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
classroom-based option for schooling in Santa Clarita, California. Recognizing that one size does not fit all for our children, we offer another choice.
Founded in the research of some of the greatest educational theorists, such as Vygostky, Freire and Piaget, we are forming a constructivist philosophy school with portfolio-based assessment. We will introduce foreign language, exchange students and teachers, the arts, advisory programs, and physical education as part of the regular curriculum. SCVi launched in the fall of 2008.
The school offers project-based K-12 curriculum and student-led assessment with global and culturally diverse influences. Through an inquiry-based approach to education, the students at the school "learn to learn." Modeled after successful schools such as International School of Monterey, Guajome Park Academy, and Bill Gates' High Tech High, we have a learner-centered approach using facilitators. The primary goal of our school is to help learners lead a successful and fulfilled life while contributing to the world around them.
In project-based learning, students work in groups to solve challenging problems that are authentic, curriculum-based, and often interdisciplinary. Learners decide how to approach a problem and what activities to pursue. They gather information from a variety of sources and synthesize, analyze, and derive knowledge from it. Their learning is inherently valuable because it's connected to something real and involves adult skills, such as collaboration and reflection. At the end, students demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge and are evaluated by how much they've learned and how well they communicate it. Throughout this process, the facilitator's role is to guide and advise, rather than to direct and manage, student work.
PBL means learning through experiences. For example, high school students design a school for the future and learn advanced math concepts and engineering along the way. Elementary students study single-cell organisms in order to provide data to researchers in a lab. Others build and race electric cars and learn about energy efficiency. Many projects focus on environmental concerns, such as testing pollution levels in local waters and researching methods for cleanup and then reporting findings and strategies for improvement to community officials. What do these projects have in common? All engage students through hands-on, serious, authentic experiences. They also allow for alternative approaches that address students' individual differences, variations in learning styles, intelligences, abilities, and disabilities.