Since our founding nearly 20 years ago, Innovative Education Management has believed that every student is an individual. We also believe that the best way to reach individual students is to create an individualized curriculum that challenges the student to choose to explore their passion. At IEM charter schools we partner with the family to make educational choices that both meet the state standards and allow each individual student to flourish in their own uniqueness.
What is a portfolio sample?
November is the time of year we collect our first semester portfolio samples. Portfolio samples are a single piece of work from each subject area that represent the best and most creative assignments the students have completed each semester. Samples are collected both semesters and filed together as evidence of the progress a student is making. While portfolios are an important part of our annual audit, we view it as much more than that. The portfolio process is a more holistic approach to assessment than simply relying on state tests as it is where we get to see the #powerofchoice that our students make within their individualized curriculum.
Portfolio samples explained
- Do you have a 4th grader? As a portfolio sample, one student submitted a picture book of his tour across California where he explored the missions on an extended family field trip for his California history class. Under each picture he wrote a caption of the mission and an interesting fact.
- Is your student in music lessons? We’ve received countless music CD’s and youtube videos of students playing an instrument for their music sample for their portfolio.
- For math portfolio samples students submit work as simple as math worksheets all the way up to a scale model of the Golden Gate Bridge which one high school student created in her geometry course.
We love to see how each student’s individuality is expressed through the different types of portfolio samples we receive for science and special interests,, where students choose to explore their passions. In IEM schools the sky is the limit to what each student can learn. We partner with the family to offer guidance and support on meeting the standards through educational choices as unique as the child!
Choose Your Passion
If you believe your child is an individual and they deserve a personalized learning experience rather than the one size fits all approach of the typical classroom, call us today at 1-800-979-4436 to talk with one of our parent support specialists to see if our personalized learning model of education is right for your family. You have a choice in your child’s education. Choose to explore your passion for educating your child in the way you know is best for them. And let your child choose to explore their own passions, so that they may discover the joy of learning.