iLEAD Hybrid Charter School
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools
28060 Hasley Canyon Road
Castaic, CA. 91384
Amber Raskin, Executive Director
of Business Development
iLEAD Hybrid charter school serves k-12 students who reside in Los Angeles County.
At iLEAD we’ve built a model based on what we believe to be the best of all that is out there. We believe passionately in project-based learning not because it’s a fad but because it goes to the heart of how kids learn. We’ve incorporated technology not as a spiffy add-on but as an organic part of the learning process in the 21st century.
We value and encourage leadership not just as a part of a career track but by instilling in each learner the confidence and character that inspire others.
It’s not unusual that we want our learners to think for themselves. But to do this requires a grounding in the arts, in design and in humanities, and the need to feel at home in the world. For us, “thinking for themselves” is not just about solving problems but about an organic vision of the world they live in and one they will inherit.
Finally, we value the social and emotional development of our learners. We believe there is an implicit, as well as an explicit, curriculum to teach. Our goal is nothing short of learning, to change the world.
We focus on the WHOLE CHILD, valuing not just academic success, but also SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH. We are also committed to INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY and field trips that bring the classroom LEARNING TO LIFE into the real world.
We feature the following elements:
Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) personalize goals and instruction for each child. We believe that learning should be interest-driven, peer-supported and focused on powerful outcomes.
At the end of the year, facilitators and learners give their own Presentations of Learning based on their reflections of their achievements and growth toward those particular goals.
Academic achievement is only one component of a learner’s education at iLEAD. We also support the learner’s development of emotional intelligence, life skills and community engagement.
We offer a dynamic classroom approach in which learners actively explore real-world challenges to acquire deeper knowledge. Research shows that learners’ retention of content and attitude toward and interest in learning increase when PBL is done well.
Multi-age education is an approach to teaching and learning that truly allows the academic and social-emotional needs of every learner to be met. In multi-age environments, learners are able to work on skills and concepts that are appropriate based on where they fall in the learning continuum, regardless of their age.
In the meantime, social interaction among older and younger learners promotes leadership and positive social-emotional behaviors. Older learners may model problem-solving and communication skills for their younger peers and vice versa.
Lastly, multi-age education allows each learner to spend at least two consecutive years with the same facilitator. This process results in seamless transitions from one year to the next. Because half the class has returned for the second year, classroom culture, procedures and expectations are already understood early on.
In classrooms where deeper learning is the focus, you find learners who are motivated and challenged—who look forward to their next assignment. They apply what they have learned in one subject area to newly encountered situations in another. They can see how their classwork relates to real life. They are gaining indispensable knowledge, skills and beliefs, including:
- Mastery of Core Academic Content: Learners build their academic foundation in subjects like reading, writing, math and science. They understand key principles and procedures, recall facts, use the correct language and draw on their knowledge to complete new tasks.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Learners think critically, analytically and creatively. They know how to find, evaluate and synthesize information to construct arguments. They can design their own solutions to complex problems.
- Collaboration: Collaborative learners work well in teams. They communicate and understand multiple points of view, and they know how to cooperate to achieve a shared goal.
- Effective Communication: Learners communicate effectively in writing and in oral presentations. They structure information in meaningful ways, listen to and give feedback and construct messages for particular audiences.
- Self-Directed Learning: Learners develop an ability to direct their own learning. They set goals, monitor their own progress, and reflect on their own strengths and areas for improvement. They learn to see setbacks as opportunities for feedback and growth. Learners who learn through self-direction are more adaptive than their peers.
- A Growth Mind-set: Learners with a growth mind-set have a strong belief in themselves. They trust their own abilities and believe their hard work will pay off, so they persist to overcome obstacles. They also learn from and support each other. They see the relevance of their schoolwork to the real world and their own future success.
When learners are developing knowledge, skills and academic mind-sets simultaneously, they learn more efficiently. They acquire and retain more academic knowledge when they are engaged, believe their studies are important and are able to apply what they are learning in complex and meaningful ways.
Mastery of academic content is critical to a learner’s future success in college, careers and life, so it is the foundation of—and never overlooked in—deeper learning classrooms.