In the words of Walt Disney, “Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because you’re curious and curiosity keeps leading you down new paths”. IEM’s three schools – Ocean Grove, Sky Mountain, and South Sutter are so very pleased to support you in your exhilarating journey ahead into adulthood. While there are many paths that you can take, Ocean Grove, Sky Mountain, and South Sutter are hopeful that you will take a path that speaks to you and creates that magic in your life.
Ocean Grove, Sky Mountain, and South Sutter offer a personalized map for you to complete your high school graduation requirements with the guidance and support needed to make the most of your high school education. The IEM Guidance Department promises to be your travel guide to the most important destination known as your future.
You have a travel partner!
The guidance department will walk with you down the path that will help you reach your desired destination. As you enter our high school, you will start your trip with a personalized appointment which will include you, your parent, an Educational Specialist and a Guidance Coordinator. This is done through our online meeting software so that you and your family can meet face to face with the Guidance Coordinator from the comfort of your own home. At the meeting, your traveling team will help you explore interests, talents, strengths and goals for your future. Your map will include a flexible four-year plan of courses, tests to be taken, honors to aim for, and career exploration. From here, you can explore many of our unique options that you may choose to make your trip and destination all that you want it to be.
1. University Bound
If your desired destination is to go directly to a four-year college or university, you can choose from our extensive list of over 385 distinct University of California approved courses. These include courses from several online providers as well as courses written for our school by subject matter experts. These choices allow you to customize your trip which allows flexibility in assignments. The Guidance Coordinators will also offer support to very well-known side-trips which include destinations such as SAT and ACT testing and financial and scholarship workshops.
2. Community College
Another popular destination is the community college. Our guidance department can help you find the path that meets your ultimate goal whether it would include transferring to a university or earning a certificate to enter the workforce. As a high school student, you have the opportunity to “pack ahead” and take community college courses while still attending our school. These advanced education courses help students get ahead, get used to college and explore interests.
3. Early Graduation
Others may feel that a shorter trip is more their style. You can choose that path as well by graduating in three years. Our guidance coordinators can also help you create a map to meet that goal.
4. Career Exploration
At the guidance meetings, you will be given a list of things that you will need for your trip such as resources, links, and class syllabi for career exploration. You can either explore on your own with your own personalized account or you can get credit by being enrolled in a career exploration class. We even have career exploration classes that are approved by the University of California.
5. Career Technical Education
Another popular destination for our students is Career Technical Education. You can take many electives and Career Technical Education courses to get an idea of what you enjoy. This is another area that the Guidance Department can help with. You can get credit for volunteering and may choose from our extensive list of over 100 Career Technical Education courses to explore career options. The Guidance Coordinator can help you chart a path to graduate from high school certified for a career in the workforce. Ocean Grove, Sky Mountain, and South Sutter have an agreement with an approved travel partner (accredited college) that offers certification for careers in the health fields, education, law and technology.
The IEM Charter School’s Guidance Department is here and ready to serve you and we promise that we will be great travel companions. Are you ready to let us join you in this exciting journey as you choose your path?
Entering into the world of Home Schooling can seem like a big step. Once you have chosen to go forth and you have selected an educational provider to support you and your children, here are a few suggestions.
- Decide on a daily schedule: One of the fun parts of Home Schooling is your flexibility. Balancing flexibility with structure and consistency is a key factor. What times of day are you available to provide instruction and supervision? Will you use online study groups and resources. When will phone or email assistance from a teacher be available?
- Setting realistic outcomes: How much work in each subject area is expected each day? A child’s age and attention span are important factors to consider. Outcomes are more important than time spent on a subject. Agree on methods of documenting your child’s mastery of content areas.
- Create a Home Schooling space: It is helpful to create a space where your curriculum materials are kept, along with materials; computers, calculators or whatever fits the program. Having the space be child friendly and organized is often a plus.
- Addressing extracurricular: How will your child get social contact? There are many community activities in which Home School students have the option to participate. You may wish to team up with other families for educational field trips? Your program provider, such as IEM, will have suggestions for enrichment activities that support your child’s educational program. Home School parents are a great source of ideas for group-based experiences.
Spring is the season of beautiful weather in California. We also get to put away our winter things and experience a time of newness. This time of year brings new ideas, new ways of approaching education, and new opportunities. In this blog, we will cover three ways to bring in the new this spring season.
1. New Ideas of Engaging Our Students in a greater way – At IEM Schools, there are so many new ideas and ways to teach our students. One way to engage our students is by introducing them to project-based learning. Project Lead The Way provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. At IEM schools, we are creating an engaging environment and empowering students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world.This is an opportunity for students to go beyond the textbook and tackle issues that have significant implications for our society as a whole. Some examples of current topics might be the upcoming election or the water crisis in Flint. Perhaps, global issues like the immigration crisis or the unrest in the middle east. Selecting a topic that has personal interest or importance is a good starting place. Once a topic is selected, students can be encouraged to utilize the internet, personal interviews, and even the good old-fashioned newspaper! Imagine how much more engaging it might be for a student to watch a presidential debate on t.v. and then analyze the results as part of their project.
2. New Ways of Approaching Education – With the Common Core here to stay for the time being, many teachers across the U.S. are approaching education differently. The 21st Century Skills have changed how many people are looking at education goals. In addition to technology, life and career skills, what many call the 4 C’s is impacting how we approach education. Creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration are being woven into education. This can potentially have a very positive impact on how kids are being educated and prepared for the future.
3. New Opportunities – As each of us determines how we want to be involved in the above things, there are new opportunities. We can talk to legislators, get involved in a new way, research new curriculum that might be a better fit for our children, and look for opportunities to use those teachable moments. They are everywhere, every day, in little and big ways facing us. Let’s seize the moment – Carpe Diem!
At IEM, we believe in honoring individual educational choices. We commit to providing an innovative public education environment for students, their parents, and teachers by empowering them to collaboratively create learning opportunities. We develop responsible and contributing members of society. Partner with us in our ongoing quest to change public education.
Families electing to home school are increasing at an estimated rate between 7 – 15 % each year. If you’re considering a home schooling option for your child/children it is important to gather information in order to make a fully informed decision. Below are a few factors for consideration as you move forward with home schooling.
1. Know your educational goals: Most families are looking for educational programs that are more individualized to their children’s needs and that offer flexibility in how, when and where learning takes place.
2. Talk to parents who are already home schooling: Getting information from families who have been home schooling for a period of time can be very helpful. It might be important to ask them about what has worked well, what hasn’t worked as expected and any suggestions they might have for new home schooling families.
Building on other parent’s successful experiences can help you with designing your approach. Parents have many creative ideas for supporting the areas of art, music, physical education and other areas of education.
3. Locate quality home school programs: Home schooling programs come in many forms. In some cases parents purchase expensive curriculum from private vendors and operate as their own private school. Many parents today elect to enroll with a public home school program that has the accreditation and experience necessary to support parents and students.
California education code allows school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to operate, support and provide services to families who elect to home school their children. There are many choices in home school providers.
I suggest you look for a provider that has extensive experience, resources and expertise in home schooling. IEM manages three schools that support parent driven education and have many years of experience in providing quality support to home school families.
IEM Education Consultant