New Day Academy Charter School
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools
214 W. 1st Street
Alturas, CA. 96101
Laura Van Acker, School Director
New Day Academy charter school serves k-12 students who reside in Lassen, Shasta, Modoc, Plumas, and Sierra counties.
Our mission is to provide an innovative, personalized learning program for students in Lassen, Shasta, Modoc, Plumas, and Sierra counties. We support our students with a wealth of educational resources, a commitment to excellence, and a desire to nurture the unique nature of every child.
New Day Academy (NDA) is funded by the State of California, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and specializes in Personalized Learning. We are a public charter school, therefore there are no enrollment or instructional fees charged to our students or their families.
New Day Academy is dedicated to helping students become competent, contributing members of society, equipped with the reading, writing, mathematical, technological and problem-solving skills necessary for success in a rapidly changing world. Our school delivers an individualized curriculum emphasizing the development of strong core learning competencies, knowledge and attributes necessary to lead a fulfilling and successful life. Particular attention is focused on four core curricular areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Science, and Science. New Day Academy centers its efforts and resources on students who learn best independently and have a supportive home environment.
NDA provides a Personalized Learning program that follows California Independent Study law and regulations, including state independent study attendance accounting. NDA is committed to assisting parents who choose the independent study/homeschool model for their children.
To facilitate success, each NDA student is assigned a credentialed teacher that works with the parent/guardian and student to create a personalized learning program based on student strengths, needs, and interests. A learning team, consisting of the assigned NDA Teacher, parent/guardian and the student uses a variety of curriculum resources and methodologies to help students reach learning goals. The instruction is provided in various settings, including homes, learning centers, community sites or a combination of these locations.
Staff members use a variety of delivery methods that include, but are not limited to: face-to-face individualized instruction, independent learning, computer-based instruction, on-line courses, on-line inquiry, school-directed workshops, tutorials and labs, as well as concurrent enrollment in junior/community college courses, when appropriate. All instruction is aligned with the California State and Common Core Standards. Learning plans include reference to these standards and are addressed in the work assigned to students as well.
The learning team develops personalized, flexible learning plans to meet individual student needs and family schedules. NDA Teachers interact with students and parents in regularly scheduled meetings, during classes, workshops, tutorials and labs, as well as in contacts by telephone and e-mail. The staff individualizes instruction while maintaining high standards and seeking appropriate learning outcomes for all students. NDA Teachers combine a traditional academic core with the power of individualized learning in a variety of modes. Using and integrating different types of technologies with the curriculum, the staff is less restricted by time, place, or learning resources.
The goal is to engage students with materials and activities that maximize their learning styles and strengths. It empowers supportive parents to be active partners in the personal and educational growth of the child.
NDA supports curriculum choice. Teachers will work with parents and students to choose curriculum appropriate to a student’s current ability level, interests, and learning styles. Options include but will not be limited to:
- State-adopted curriculum in core subjects
- Standards based textbooks, workbooks, and study guides
- Literature based curriculum that addresses state standards
- Supplemental instructional materials to support textbook learning
- Educational games
- Teacher created materials
- A wide array of books to supplement and support reading skills and to support topic investigation in all subjects
- Hands on kits
- Science exploration equipment
- Educational software programs
- Online courses
- Online research data bases
- Online math programs
- Online supplemental applications
- College courses
- Reference or Research materials
- Musical instruments and lessons
- Art supplies and classes